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Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator
During ObesityWeekSM 2017 and as part of National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is coordinating trips to Capitol Hill. #NOCW2017
Join us in encouraging Congress to pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) – legislation to provide Medicare beneficiaries with meaningful tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription medications for chronic weight management.
NOCW Advocacy Days schedule:
Monday, October 30, 2017: 1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017: 1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Thursday, November 2, 2017: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Friday, November 3, 2017: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
During these four-hour windows, registrants will proceed to Capitol Hill as part of small groups of obesity advocates who will visit between two and three congressional offices. While there will be no formal on-site advocacy training, registrants will be provided materials on TROA as well as the “Do’s and Don’ts” of meeting with legislative staff.
Questions should be directed to:
Chris Gallagher, Washington Representative
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
ObesityWeek On Demand is an online CME accredited program featuring symposium and presentations from this leading meeting. Experience the full interdisciplinary spectrum of specialty topics including:
• Scientific Sessions
• Pre-conference continuing education
• Policy and public health discussions
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ObesityWeek On Demand makes it easy to access your content anytime, anywhere.
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• Integrated online CME testing
• PDFs of presentations
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Take the TOS Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine Exam during the ObesityWeek preconference.
Verify your competency in obesity management, distinguish your practice and be at the forefront of this important field. On Oct. 29-30, prepare for the ABOM Exam by participating in the TOS Review Course, a stimulating educational experience instructed by top experts.
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Join the Early Career Committee for its annual FREE Pre-Conference Academic Workshop.
This year, we are honored to have Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD from UNC Chapel Hill as our keynote speaker. Dr. Mayer-Davis is the Cary C Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Co-Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center.
Following the keynote, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions. Topics include:
• Biosketch/CV Review: Learn from experienced program officers and senior fellows how to optimize your CV, better describe your scientific contributions and be more competitive for funding.
• K-awards: Learn everything you need to know about NIH awards from David Saslowsky, PhD, Program Director for the Career Development (“K”) Awards in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition NIH.
• Careers at NIH: Discuss game-changing NIH career opportunities with Jack Yanovski, MD, PhD, Chief of the Section on Growth and Obesity, Program on Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics, NIH.
• Career Development: Learn how to navigate tricky negotiations and start-up packages, master interviewing and time management techniques and successfully establish your first lab.
• Networking: Learn the skill of effective networking to make a good first impression, highlight your research at conferences and develop critical interpersonal skills.
|ObesityWeek – November 1: Calling TOS Fellows!
TOS Fellows will gather at ObesityWeek for formal photos:
Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6:45 p.m.
Atrium of the Cherry Blossom Ballrooms
Renew your fellow status HERE
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The Egg Nutrition Travel Award is part of The Obesity Society’s commitment to support studies designed to look at the impact of macronutrient composition on overweight and obesity related conditions.
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Interested in referring your patients to an IRB-approved genetic screening study focused on identifying patients with two rare but important types of genetic obesity? Head to Booth #216 at ObesityWeek 2017, or learn more at: The Genetic Obesity Project.
Physicians with an interest in obesity medicine are invited to sit for the 2018 American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam. More than 2,000 physicians throughout the United States and Canada are certified as ABOM diplomates. Exam candidates are required to complete 60 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits on the topic of obesity in order to qualify to sit for the test.
ABOM KEY DATES
November 15, 2017: Final Application Deadline
February 26-March 1, 2018: Exam administered at Prometric computer testing centers throughout the US and Canada
Have questions? Contact ABOM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-770-9100.
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Susan F. Franks, PhD, ABPP
Disruptions of normal sleep-wake cycling on energy regulation required for weight maintenance is well known. However, the neurobiological mechanisms integrating these processes are not completely understood. Orexin-A is a neuropeptide of interest as it is known to play a role in integrating the sleep-wake cycle with metabolic stability by promoting arousal, physical activity and energy expenditure (EE). It is synthesized in hypothalamic areas and has projections and receptors in the ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO). Recently, Jennifer Teske, PhD, and colleagues set out to examine the role of sleep deprivation on the ability of the VLPO to regulate key aspects of energy balance through orexin-A. Using 14 three-month-old male Sprague-Dawley rats, orexin-A dissolved into artificial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was injected through a cannula directly into the VLPO before and after noise-induced acute and chronic sleep deprivation. Two different dosages were tested in each rat with artificial CSF serving as the vehicle control. Acute sleep deprivation significantly blocked the stimulatory effect of orexin-A on EE due to physical activity. Chronic sleep deprivation blocked time spent awake, distance traveled, total EE and EE due to physical activity and reduced quality of sleep by preventing orexin-A induced reductions in time spent in non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation also reduced the rates of fat oxidation as indicated by respiratory quotient (RQ). Results demonstrate that chronic sleep deprivation may stimulate weight gain by blocking the neurobehavioral effects of orexin-A in the VLPO that normally promote metabolic activity through sleep-wake regulation. Read the full article in the Obesity journal here.
Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator
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Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
Support continues to grow for S 830/HR 1953, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) of 2017, which was introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D- WI), respectively. At the time of this report, the bill had 110 cosponsors in the House and 9 in the Senate.
This critical legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help seniors address their overweight and obesity. Specifically, TROA will provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with authority to expand the Medicare benefit for intensive behavioral counseling by allowing additional types of healthcare providers to offer these services. The legislation would also allow CMS to expand Medicare Part D to provide coverage of FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management.
Learn how to overcome barriers to effective obesity care and join us at this Novo Nordisk Corporate Symposium on November 1.
Despite changing attitudes toward obesity and its increasing recognition as a chronic, serious and progressive disease, many barriers remain which prevent people with obesity from receiving access to medical care and support to effectively manage obesity.
The ACTION Study, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, is the first U.S. nationwide study to investigate barriers in obesity management from multiple perspectives. Results from the Study will be featured at a Corporate Symposium where experts in the field will discuss: barriers to effective obesity care based on insights from the study; the actions needed to overcome the barriers to obesity care and support; and the collaborative efforts that can further enhance the access to effective obesity care.
Space is limited.
A recent study published in the current issue of Metabolism by Xianwei et al. investigated the circulating microRNA (miRNA) signature in children with obesity at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes (T2D) later in life. The goal of the study was to identify circulating miRNA whose profiles could be used to assess risk for future T2D. The use of miRNA as biomarkers has been employed in diverse applications such as cancer diagnosis, dyslipidemia, and T2D. The study identified three miRNAs, miR-486, miR-15b and miR-146b, and studied their effects on preadipocyte proliferation, insulin secretion and skeletal muscle glucose uptake. They found these miRNAs could serve as reliable diagnostic markers for T2D in adults and were consistently changed in children with obesity. While the study did not identify target genes for the miRNAs, the authors speculated that this suite or miRs may play a regulatory role in key metabolic processes dysregulated in the progression of T2D.The authors acknowledge a longitudinal prospective study is needed to confirm these miRNAs as biomarkers, yet this study is a step in the right direction for early detection of T2D risk in children with obesity.
If you've ever found yourself staring at the bottom of an empty bag of chips or pint of ice cream after telling yourself you'd just have one serving, you know how difficult it can be enjoy your favorite treats in moderation. Nevertheless, plenty of experts will tell you that's the best way to keep your food cravings in check and prevent overindulging later.
Almost 40 percent of adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs.
Almost 4 out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children are fatter than they've been in 40 years, with obesity rates up tenfold since researchers started studying the problem.
A new report in The Lancet shows that there are now 124 million obese children around the globe, up from 11 million in 1975. And experts say the health risks are worse in nations that can least afford it.
Experts have long known that obesity, along with smoking, age, lack of activity and lifestyle can contribute to an increased risk of cancer, but a recent study is taking a closer look at how one of these conditions specifically relates to breast cancer.
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