People with obesity who experience self-directed weight shaming benefit from intervention

People with obesity are often treated with less respect than other people, discriminated against, and socially devalued because of their weight. This societal stigma can sometimes be internalized, leading individuals with obesity to blame and devalue themselves because of their weight. While it’s known that weight “self-stigma” is associated with poor mental and physical health, little is known about how […]

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Study examines reliability of biopsies from donated kidneys prior to transplantation

A new study indicates that biopsies of donated kidneys are likely not useful for assessing organ quality prior to transplantation unless standards are set for how they should be performed and interpreted. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN. There is currently a large shortage of donated kidneys that leads to the death of many patients with kidney […]

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Parents tell of saving son from a condition which blights daughter

Parents tell of the bittersweet joy of saving their son through IVF from a hereditary condition which blights their six-year-old daughter Jeremy Norton, 35, from Wigston, Leicestershire, has Marfan Syndrome The condition is where the connective tissue throughout the body is too fragile  Consequently the walls of the aorta, main body artery, can become weakened   Lisa and Jeremy Norton from […]

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Shaming, blaming and ignorance about obesity block millions from getting effective care

Bias, misinformation and a lack of understanding of how easy it is to relapse into obesity are preventing millions of Canadians from getting appropriate care, according to new research. A study published in the journal Clinical Obesity showed that while most health-care providers, employers and people with obesity know it is a serious illness, few understand how complex it is […]

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Weight loss drug from the 90s 'could slash epileptic seizures by 75%'

Controversial weight loss drug pulled from sale in the 1990s over heart damage fears ‘cuts the number of seizures in children with a severe form of epilepsy’ Fenfluramine was found to make people develop leaky heart valves in high doses Doctors stopped using it in 1997 but it has been found to have brain benefits It could reduce seizures by […]

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How to keep year-end deadlines from ruining your health

The end of the year is supposed to be a time to celebrate and relax. But for many, the traditional sounds of the season include a giant, ticking clock—and not the fun kind from your favorite rockin’ New Year’s Eve show. Many workers know the pressure of year-end deadlines. These are often increased by the family pressures that come with […]

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Using lungs from increased-risk donors expands donor pool, maintains current survival rates

Cleveland Clinic researchers have found that using lungs from donors who are considered high risk for certain infectious diseases compared to standard risk donors results in similar one-year survival for recipients. In addition, researchers saw no difference in rejection or graft (donor lung) survival after one year in patients receiving lungs from increased-risk donors. The study was published recently in […]

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