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In-Person And Phone Counseling Help Patients Lose Weight And Keeping It Off

Obese patients enrolled in a weight-loss program delivered over the phone by health coaches and with website and physician support lost weight and kept it off for two years, according to new Johns Hopkins research. The program was just as effective as another weight-loss program that involved in-person coaching sessions. A report on the research […]

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Bradley Appelhans, PhD

Obesity Counseling Should Focus On Neurobehavioral Processes Rather Than Personal Choice

Current approaches to dietary counseling for obesity are heavily rooted in the notion of personal choice and will power – the ability to choose healthy foods and portion sizes consistent with weight loss while foregoing sweets and comfort foods. According to preventive medicine and behavioral experts at Rush University Medical Center, research supports a new […]

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Researcher Ha T. Nguyen, Ph.D.

Mexican-Americans Who Are Obese Lack Diet And Exercise Advice From Doctors

Only half of obese Mexican-American adults receive diet and exercise advice from their physicians, although obesity is on the rise for this group. “Among this obese population, not seeing 100 percent of people receiving advice is discouraging. There is a much higher risk of having negative health consequences,” said Ha Nguyen, Ph.D., an assistant professor […]

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Counseling Helps To Prevent High Birthweight Infants

In this week’s PLoS Medicine, Riitta Luoto and colleagues from the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, and University of Tampere, Finland, evaluate whether lifestyle interventions can reduce the risk of high birthweight babies and gestational diabetes amongst pregnant women at high risk for these outcomes. The original journal article is published in the open […]

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Researcher Melissa Maras

Schools Need Collaboration Instead Of Packaged Solutions For The Best Mental Health Programs

Top researchers throughout the country have developed mental health programs to address many of the most profound issues facing schools, including students’ disruptive and aggressive behavior, anger outbursts, anxiety, and suicide. However, according to University of Missouri researchers, many schools lack the capacity to access and fully adopt these programs. This lack of capacity hurts […]

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Chronic Stress Of Cancer Accelerates Cellular Changes, While Brief Counseling May Limit Damage

Results of a study presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held from April 2-6, lend credence to the idea that improving quality of life affects stress-related biological markers and possibly the health of people with cancer. Researchers know that telomeres shorten and deteriorate with aging, but they are learning that stress also affects […]

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Medication Education Key To Adherence For Patients With Diabetes

Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego say that medication education is a key factor in helping patients with diabetes better stick to their drug treatments plans. The study, currently online in the February issue of the journal Annals of Pharmacotherapy, points to the need for […]

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