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Attending ObesityWeek? Don't forget to cast your absentee ballot!
TOS
The 2014 U.S. General Election is on November 4. If you're attending ObesityWeek, Nov. 2-7, don't forget to find out about your options for absentee and early voting. Per the National Conference of State Legislatures, most states offer a way for eligible voters to cast a ballot before Election Day. Find out more about the voting options in your state here.

Not yet registered? Find out the top five reasons to attend OW2014 here.
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Anti-obesity medication Contrave® now available by prescription
TOS
On Monday (10/20) Takeda and Orexigen announced the availability of Contrave® the extended-release tablet prescribed for chronic weight management in adults with obesity. Patients are now able to get the anti-obesity medication by prescription in pharmacies across the United States.

Contrave was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2014 as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (e.g., hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus or dyslipidemia).

"We're excited that Contrave is now available and that we are able to provide eligible patients with additional offerings," said Douglas Cole, president, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc in a press release. "These offerings include the Scale Down program, a support program for weight management, and Contrave Direct Save, which helps eligible patients to get Contrave at the lowest cost available to them, which can help to support a patient's complete approach to weight management."

Speaking on behalf of TOS, Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, called the approval of Contrave, a step toward "equipping our nation's doctors with proven and effective tools to treat patients for the disease of obesity." Read more in TOS's statement on the drug's approval here.

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Join HealthCentral's #HealthTipsChat to kick off ObesityWeek 2014
Contributed by HealthCentral
HealthCentral is pleased to announce an obesity #HealthTipsChat tweet chat on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 2-3 pm ET. Dr. Martin Binks, TOS Secretary/Treasurer, will moderate the chat from the handle @ObesitySociety and the Obesity Action Coalition will moderate from the handle @ObesityAction. The tweet chat will kick off ObesityWeek 2014 and the Obesity Action Coalition's first Your Weight Matters local event.

The online chat will cover all things obesity, the latest research, and what to expect at the conference. This is one chat you don’t want to miss! If you have never participated in a HealthCentral tweet chat, use the hashtag #healthtipschat throughout the hour, and continually refresh your feed to read the most recent conversations and follow along. Mark your calendars, and learn more about the chat and how to participate here.

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New report highlights potential links between weight, physical activity and breast cancer survival
Contributed by AICR
For the first time, a report from an ongoing, systematic review of global cancer research has identified potential links between diet, weight and physical activity and longer survival for women diagnosed with breast cancer. In partnership with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International's Continuous Update Project (CUP) released a report that found indications of links between survival and:
  • A healthy body weight
  • Being physically active
  • Eating foods containing fiber and soy
  • A lower intake of fat, particularly saturated fat
The latest report from the Continuous Update Project is the most rigorous, in-depth and systematic review of worldwide research yet conducted into breast cancer survivors and the lifestyle factors affecting their survival.

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Food addiction conference addresses diagnosis & treatment
Contributed by the Food Addiction Institute
Food addiction is a substance use disorder related to one or more foods. Many healthcare providers lack information about the recent science confirming it is a true addiction, and most have difficulty identifying and treating the disorder.

"It is conservatively estimated that more than a third of those suffering from obesity are addicted to one or more foods yet most healthcare providers are unfamiliar with the proper screening, diagnosis and effective treatment of food addiction," says Phil Werdell, MA, of the Food Addiction Institute. "It is clear that food addiction is a reality and that it is treatable."

The Food Addiction Institute is jointly sponsoring a conference this week (10/22) with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts to assemble top international experts to address this gap in provider knowledge. Find more details information on the conference here.

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  Visit the Obesity Hyperguide™ Booth #1034
Are you attending TOS’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting? Join us at the Obesity Hyperguide™ booth to explore how you can earn free CME credit and improve your clinical practice with this unique online learning platform. Informational materials detailing registration, activity options, and customizable features will be available onsite.
 


eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
TOS
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
    Siminerio L, Ruppert K, Huber K, Toledo FG. Telemedicine for Reach, Education, Access, and Treatment (TREAT): Linking Telemedicine With Diabetes Self-management Education to Improve Care in Rural Communities. The Diabetes Educator. 2014; Epub ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25253624

    Knight E, Stuckey MI, Petrella RJ. Health promotion through primary care: enhancing self-management with activity prescription and mHealth. The Physician and Sports Medicine 2014; 42(3):90-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25295771

    Kartsakli E, Lalos AS, Antonopoulos A, Tennina S, Renzo MD, Alonso L, Verikoukis C. A Survey on M2M Systems for mHealth: A Wireless Communications Perspective. Sensors. 2014;14(10):18009-18052. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25264958
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Anne Gilmore (anne.gilmore@pbrc.edu), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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World Obesity Federation launches online member portal
TOS
The World Obesity Federation is proud to announce the launch of a Members' Online Portal. TOS members are automatically given World Obesity membership status. The portal allows World Obesity Members to log on, update their details, access discounts to event registrations and check out SCOPE e-learning.

If you have any questions about accessing or using the portal, please contact Heather Budd at the World Obesity Federation at hbudd@worldobesity.org.

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Space is still available! Early-Career Roundtable Breakfast at ObesityWeek
TOS
The Early-Career Roundtable Breakfast at ObesityWeek 2014 is open to students, postdocs, fellows and junior faculty in all areas of obesity research. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a meal with senior TOS Fellows. Roundtable conversation topics will include career trajectories, funding opportunities, networking strategies and more. This is a great time for TOS's junior members to build one-on-one relationships with our most established and successful members. Pre-register for this event to be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 7:00 - 8:30am, when you register for ObesityWeek. The cost is $25.00.
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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Microbiome may link jet lag to obesity, disease
MedPage Today
Gut microbes have circadian rhythms controlled by the biological clock of the host, and disruption of this microbial arrangement could lead to obesity and metabolic disease, researchers reported. Findings from studies in mice and two humans, published in the journal Cell, may help explain the observed link between repeated disturbances in the circadian clock due to life events like frequent jet lag or shifting work schedules and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even some cancers.
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Family dinner-table dynamics linked to childhood obesity
Reuters via Business Insider
Families who express more warmth, group enjoyment and positive reinforcement at family meals have children with reduced risk of obesity, according to a new study. "Past research has shown that having frequent family meals is protective against youth obesity, but we don't know why this is the case," said lead author Jerica M. Berge of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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Obesity may accelerate liver aging
Heatlh Central
On top of all of its other harmful effects, obesity may also be a risk factor for premature aging of the liver, according to new research. Scientists at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles used a tool called an "aging clock," which they developed last year. The tool monitors the DNA methylation process — or the passing of certain chemicals from one group to another — of human organs, tissues and cells; in doing so, it can determine the biological age of the material which it is assessing.
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  AirPal Bariatric Lateral Transfer Kit
AirPal, the original inventor of air-assisted lateral transfer technology for safe patient handling, will introduce a prepackaged disposable Bariatric Lateral Transfer Kit (BLT KIT™) at ObesityWeek. The economical kits are specifically tailored to organizations that occasionally encounter bariatric transfer situations, such as EMS, post-acute care, and home care agencies. READ MORE

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Race doesn't affect obesity's toll on health
HealthDay News via MedicineNet
Is obesity more deadly for some races than for others? Prior research had suggested that when blacks become obese, they might be slightly less likely to die early, compared to people of other races of similar weight. However, a major new study from the American Cancer Society finds no such difference: People with excess pounds who are healthy and have never smoked appear to have a similar risk of dying earlier, regardless of their race.
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New studies show bariatric surgery benefits brain function
Health Central
There is no doubt an upside to bariatric surgery. The most obvious benefit is the weight loss. The average is five to fifteen pounds per week for the initial two to three months after surgery. A more gradual weight loss will continue afterward. Weight loss surgery also helps to improve obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. In addition, many patients report an improved quality of life, a more active lifestyle and increased energy.
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For severe obesity, diets are no cure
PR Newswire via Yahoo News
A recent study in JAMA, points to a reality that is painfully obvious to many severely obese individuals. The study found that nearly all of the most popular diet plans from Atkins, Ornish, and Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers and others, produced sustained weight loss that averaged between roughly 13 and 14.4 pounds after a period of one year. However, leading weight loss specialist Michael Fez, M.D., F.A.C.S. understands that, for people who may have 70, 80, or over 100 pounds to lose, such results are a mere drop in the bucket.
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Diet may influence ovarian cancer survival
Reuters
Women with healthier diets before an ovarian cancer diagnosis are less likely to die in the years following the cancer than women with poorer diets, according to a new study. The exceptions were women with diabetes or a high waist circumference, which is often linked to diabetes.
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