French researchers found that mice that received gut bacteria from obesity-prone rats consumed more food, put on more weight and were more obese compared with their counterparts that got the bacteria from obesity-resistant rats. The results, presented at an American Society for Nutrition meeting, suggest altering intestinal bacteria may help reduce the risk of obesity.
Ohio cities are giving employees incentives, through lower copays, to use urgent care clinics rather than going to more expensive hospital emergency departments. Hamilton budget analyst Mark Zimov said that wellness programs can keep costs down and that incentives built into the cost structure of a benefit package encourage appropriate use of resources.
Registered dietitian, diabetes educator and nutrition consultant Kathy Warwick disputes recent reports that sugar is responsible for a host of illnesses. "Perhaps the problem is not with sugar itself, but with the amount consumed," she writes. "After all, drinking too much water can be fatal."
A small study from St. Louis University found that athletes who ate baked beetroot right before a 5-kilometer run posted faster times than when they ate cranberry relish. Beets have a high nitrate content, which can increase muscle stamina and efficiency. The study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
A report by three dietitians in the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal discusses the problems that can occur when fitness trainers or professionals give nutrition advice beyond their expertise or scope of practice. The RDs write that some fitness professionals have good information but do not have the specialized training and knowledge that dietitians have to help people create a comprehensive nutrition plan.