From Nature Outlook, 22 November 2017: When a condition commonly associated with a lifetime of alcohol abuse — severe scarring of the liver, or cirrhosis — starts to show up in children as young as eight, something is very wrong. “I had a teenage patient, who wasn’t even being evaluated for liver disease but was … Continue reading Childhood obesity: A growing concern
From ABC News in Science, 11 February 2015: Australian scientists say they have unravelled a key mechanism in mice that may explain how obesity can be passed from a mother to her children. The mechanism may also provide insight into why obese women find it difficult to fall pregnant. According to their study, obese mothers … Continue reading Obesity damage to mum’s eggs passes to offspring
From ABC Health and Wellbeing, 19 June 2014 Do you know your Body Mass Index, also known as BMI? It’s easy to calculate – simply take your weight in kilograms and divide it by the square of your height in metres. If the number you reach is between 20 and 25, congratulations. You are one … Continue reading Does BMI measure up?
From Australian Doctor newspaper, 21 March 2014: In December last year, Melbourne hosted 11,000 diabetes experts for the International Diabetes Federation world congress. Amid the usual hand-wringing about rising rates of the disease and its complications, there was considerable buzz about obesity surgery. Much of the interest revolved around a study that showed nearly three-quarters … Continue reading Surgery for diabetes?
From ABC Health and Wellbeing, 21 January 2014: Obesity surgery is hardly a new kid on the medical block. The first surgical attempts to help people lose weight were performed more than half a century ago. Bariatric or metabolic surgery, which involves either chopping out or tying off a section of the stomach, is now … Continue reading Is weight loss surgery the answer for diabetes?
From Oncology Practice, 23 April 2013: Obesity was associated with an increased risk of precursor lesions among men with an initial benign prostate biopsy result, according to a nested study of nearly 500 prostate cancer cases and matched cancer-free controls. Further, obese men also were more likely to have benign findings on initial core needle … Continue reading Obesity linked to prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
From ABC Science, News in Science, 11 February 2013: A drug used to treat asthma and mouth ulcers has shown promise in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes in obesity, according to a study in mice. Researchers found that obese mice treated with the drug amlexanox not only lost a significant amount of weight, … Continue reading Asthma drug treats diabetes in obese mice