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The reason we'll never make progress in overcoming childhood obesity is that we are unwilling to consider that “moderation is not the key” and “small changes do not make a big difference”. We need a paradigm shift. We need a tsunami approach: break it all down and start over. In a recent review of interventions for preventing obesity in children, researchers at the University of Melbourne reviewed 55 childhood obesity studies to determine what works, why, and for whom. Despite reviewing [Read more]
On August 19, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued a call for whistleblowers to step forward and help the state and federal government crack down on health care and pharmaceutical industries that defraud the government of billions of dollars. Announcing that the Indiana Medicaid program would recover $9.52 million from a record $2.3 billion federal lawsuit won against Pfizer, Zoeller said that fraud on Medicare and Medicaid each year is estimated to be a multi-billion-dollar problem. [Read more]
We've heard obesity can be "spread" between friends when we copy each other's eating habits, but a new study in mice suggests obesity could actually be infectious. That's right, infectious. As in, something you can catch. In the study, mice engineered to have a particular immune deficiency developed fatty liver disease and got fatter when fed a Western-style diet. But strikingly, when these immune-deficient mice were put in the same cage as healthy mice, the healthy mice started to come down [Read more]
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