Patients with higher BMIs are at increased risk for multiple chronic conditions and young obese patients have disease profiles similar to older people who are not obese, according to a study in the journal Family Practice. "This suggests that health professionals caring for obese patients should prioritize the management of risk factors in these patients and be alert to early signs of disease in order to minimize the onset of multimorbidity," said researchers from King's College London.
Zydus Group obtained federal approval to commence early-stage trials for its orally active, small-molecule new chemical entity designed to treat diabetes using weekly doses. The compound, called ZYDPLA1, belongs to the gliptin class of diabetes drugs.
An obsession with food that is natural and that isn't genetically modified has turned the emphasis away from important nutrition and environmental issues such as having enough food to feed everyone on the planet, Michael Specter of The New Yorker said at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Specter said technology that increases food yields without using pesticides or water will be important in the future, and that concerns about GMO foods should be handled through political means and not by criticizing the technology.
Some parents who pack lunches for their children to take to school are challenged to heed expert advice to make meals fun and less repetitive and to follow school rules that ban plastic baggies, nuts, soda and junk food. Cookbook author Catherine McCord suggests preparing food ahead of time and freezing it, while registered dietitian Angela Lemond says parents should try to include a protein, a whole grain, a vegetable, a fruit and a dairy item.