May 2, 2013

Mayo Clinic study finds explanation for postmenopausal belly fat

By Logan Lafferty

Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat…Even though the research doesn’t provide […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Jensen, estrogen, fat storage, low estrogen levels, menopause, Star Tribune

April 19, 2013

New Study Finds Obese Employees More Costly To Companies Than Smokers

By Kelley Luckstein

A recent Mayo Clinic study found obesity is outweighing smoking in employer health care costs. “I think this study is really going to surprise a lot of people that it really is truly obesity that’s raising the health care cost today,” says Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian Diane Dressel.  A seven year study by […]

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Tags: Dian Dressel, healthcare costs, Obesity, RedOrbit, WEAU-Eau Claire

April 9, 2013

Losing Prospects

By Logan Lafferty

More than 200,000 Americans each year undergo a major operation called bariatric surgery to treat obesity. But doctors say millions more might opt for treatment if it were less invasive and more patient-friendly…At the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., Christopher Gostout aims to mimic the effect of a sleeve gastrectomy, creating the stomach tube by […]

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Christopher Gostout, gastrectomy, Obesity, Wall Street Journal, weight loss

April 4, 2013

Group weight loss challenges for money may be most effective

By Logan Lafferty

Previous research suggests cash incentives for weight loss can also be effective for individuals outside of a group or workplace. A March study from the Mayo Clinic that looked at cash incentives for weight loss among 100 obese patients found the chance to win or lose $20 a month got dieters to drop an average […]

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Tags: cash incentives, CBS News, group weight loss, Obesity

March 22, 2013

Mental Illness Not a Barrier to Weight Loss (Video)

By Logan Lafferty

Maintaining a healthy weight among patients with serious mental illness often has been considered a lost cause because many psychotropic medications induce weight gain, according to Michael Jensen, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But with this study, “our psychiatric care providers can no longer say we can’t possibly prevent weight gain or […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Jensen, healthy weight, MedPage Today, mental illness, psychotropic medications, weight loss

January 16, 2013

Levine Named Co-Director of Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions Initiative

By Logan Lafferty

James A. Levine, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and a world-renowned leader in obesity research and child advocacy, has been named co-director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Levine has been appointed a tenured professor in ASU’s School of the Science of Health Care Delivery in the College of Health Solutions, as […]

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Tags: Arizona State University, Bioscience Technology, child advocacy, co-director, Dr. James A. Levine, Obesity, Obesity Solutions Initiative, School of Life Sciences, School of the Science of Health Care Delivery

January 14, 2013

A Good Way to Measure Obesity? Fat Chance

By Logan Lafferty

A report last week that people who are slightly overweight have less chance of dying than those of normal weight had some researchers calling for further study of how a little extra fat can apparently be good for you. But others saw it as another sign that the standard way of measuring who is too […]

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Tags: body mass index, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Obesity, standard measuring, Wall Street Journal

January 3, 2013

Dr. Oz’s Miracle Diet is Nonsense

By Logan Lafferty

As people were getting ready for the holiday season and its accompanying waist expansion late last year, Dr. Mehmet Oz let viewers of his TV show in on a timely little secret. “Everybody wants to know what’s the newest, fastest fat buster,” said the board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive… […]

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Tags: Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Victor Montori, garcinia, Slate, weight loss

January 2, 2013

A Few Extra Pounds Won’t Kill You—Really

By Logan Lafferty

In a finding that could undermine many New Year’s resolutions, a new government study shows that people who are overweight are less likely to die in any given period than people of normal weight…Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently found that among 14,000 people, those with a normal BMI, but a high […]

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Tags: BMI, CDC, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, government study, heart disease, Obesity, overweight, Wall Street Journal

August 31, 2012

Minnesota Employers Pay for Obesity


Business owners may end up paying extra for those hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans expected to chow down on deep fried mini donuts and cheese curds at this year’s State Fair…Researchers at the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic studied the effects of obesity among the clinic’s own employees and retirees over seven years, and found those […]

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Tags: Finance & Commerce, health costs, Obesity, State Fair

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