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  1. FDA Panel Votes in Favor of Weight Loss Pill Qnexa

    Feb. 22, 2012 -- An FDA advisory committee has reversed an earlier decision and voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving the weight loss pill Qnexa. The vote was 20-2 in favor of Qnexa, a combination of two drugs that have long been on the market: the appetite suppressant phentermine and topiramat

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  2. Panel to Ponder Fate of Qnexa Weight Loss Pill

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- Once rejected by the FDA over safety concerns, the weight loss pill Qnexa on Wednesday will get a second chance before an FDA advisory committee. Will the second time around be the charm? Qnexa maker Vivus Inc. hopes so. And the company will be showing off new safety data from patie

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  3. Fructose Off the Hook for Overweight and Obesity?

    Feb. 20, 2012 -- When it comes to weight gain, fructose should not be singled out for blame, a new review of the scientific literature suggests. The review, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that excessive calories -- and not any unique properties of fructose -- are more likely to lead to ex

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  4. Want to Lose Weight? Try Teamwork

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- Weight loss may be influenced by joining a team. A new study shows that people who shed at least 5% of their initial body weight during a weight loss competition were likely to be on the same teams. Those who said their teammates played a large role in their weight loss were more li

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  5. Gluten Sensitivity: Fact or Fad?

    Feb. 20, 2012 -- Move over fat, salt, and sugar. There’s a new dietary villain in town and its name is gluten. Scan the grocery aisles and it’s impossible to miss the proliferation of products proclaiming that they are “gluten-free.” Pick up a magazine or go online and you are likely to read about y

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  6. A Common Organic Sweetener May Boost Arsenic Levels in Foods

    Feb. 16, 2012 -- Organic brown rice syrup, a popular sweetener in organic and gluten-free foods -- including  some formulas made for toddlers -- is a source of the toxin arsenic, a new study shows. Experts say regularly eating foods that use organic brown rice syrup as a main ingredient could expose

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  7. Mediterranean Diet May Protect Brain

    Feb 13, 2012 -- Chalk up another possible benefit to following a Mediterranean diet. A new study suggests that people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet have less small blood vessel damage in the brain. The Mediterranean diet is based on the diets of the populations bordering the Mediterranean Se

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  8. Would You Like to ‘Downsize' That?

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Forget “supersize that." Tulane University marketing professor Janet Schwartz, PhD, would like fast-food restaurants to instead ask their customers if they’d like to “downsize that." Instead of asking, “Would you like fries with that?” Schwartz says, fast-food restaurants could make

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  9. Bread and Other Common Foods Top List of Sodium Culprits

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- About 90% of us get too much sodium every day, and most of it comes from common restaurant or grocery store items, the CDC reports. The No. 1 culprit? Bread and rolls. Ten foods are responsible for 44% of all of the sodium we get. These include: Breads and rolls Luncheon meats such a

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  10. Heart Hormone Linked to Calorie-Burning Brown Fat

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- You may have heard about brown fat -- a unique type of fat that acts like a furnace in the body to burn calories instead of storing them as excess weight. Adults don’t have much brown fat, but a new study suggests that hormones produced by the heart just might help them make more. Re

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