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  1. FDA Approves Diet Pill Belviq

    June 27, 2012 -- For the first time in more than a decade, the FDA has approved a new drug to help people lose weight. Today, Arena Pharmaceuticals' Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) became the first prescription weight loss drug approved by federal regulators in 13 years. The FDA approved Belviq as

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  2. Why Your BMI Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

    You may have heard of BMI -- body mass index. It's based on your height and weight, and it's widely used to say who's obese, who's overweight (but not obese), who's at a normal weight, and who's underweight. But BMI has some drawbacks. It may not be the best way to size up your shape. And it says no

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  3. All Calories Not Created Equal, Study Suggests

    June 26, 2012 -- New research challenges the idea that a calorie is a calorie, suggesting that certain foods and diets may be better than others for burning calories and helping people maintain weight loss. The study appears this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study partici

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  4. Task Force to Doctors: Obesity Screening for All

    June 25, 2012 -- Next time you see your doctor, be prepared to be weighed and measured -- and possibly referred to a weight loss program. In an updated recommendation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts, is recommending that doctors screen all patients

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  5. Bariatric Surgery Cuts Heart Attack Risk for Years

    June 21, 2012 (San Diego) -- Bariatric surgery is known to reduce heart attack risk short-term. Now, a new study presented here at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery suggests that benefit is maintained long-term. It followed some patients as long as seven ye

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  6. Bariatric Surgery May Help Diabetic Kidney Disease

    June 21, 2012 (San Diego) -- Weight loss surgery can improve or eliminate diabetes-related kidney disease in obese diabetic people, researchers reported here at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Poor control of blood sugar increases the risk of kidney dise

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  7. After Bariatric Surgery, Alcohol Abuse More Likely

    June 18, 2012 -- Two years after weight loss surgery, people may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse problems. That news comes from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "What we found was more gastric bypass patients reported symptoms of alcohol use disorder

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  8. Low-Sodium Diet: How to Eat Less Sodium at Restaurants

    Health authorities have long been warning Americans to slash the sodium in our diets. Yet with restaurant meals and processed foods growing in popularity, the low-sodium diet remains elusive. Many of us are consuming more sodium than ever -- and not just from the salt shaker. In fact, 3/4 of the sod

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  9. Cash Helps People Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

    May 29, 2012 -- Knowing you need to make healthy lifestyle changes like exercising more and eating less fat is, as most anyone knows, a lot different from actually doing it. Now new research shows that cold, hard cash may help more people make -- and maintain -- such changes. According to the study,

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  10. Picking Healthy Meals Harder Than Doing Taxes?

    May 25, 2012 -- Fifty-two percent of Americans responding to an online survey said they think it's easier to do their own taxes than it is to figure out how to eat healthfully. Men, people lacking a college degree, overweight or obese adults, and people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or hi

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