General practitioners (GPs) often dispense vague and unproductive weight-loss advice to patients struggling with obesity, reveals a study led by the University of Oxford and published in the journal Family Practice. Having analysed 159 audio recordings of consultations in 137 UK surgeries, researchers found that doctors’ advice, such as “reduce your carbohydrates” and “move more,” was...Read More
Obesity before pregnancy appears to considerably increase the likelihood of perinatal mortality, suggests a mediation analysis study.
The study, involving 392,820 women, revealed that women with obesity before pregnancy had a 55% increased risk of perinatal mortality – defined as stillbirth or neonatal death prior to hospital discharge, as informed by Jeffrey Bone, a PhD candidate at...Read More
A newly conducted study suggests that the use of cannabis during pregnancy may heighten the likelihood of children developing obesity or experiencing elevated blood sugar levels by the age of five.
Products containing non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) or the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are often employed by pregnant women to mitigate symptoms such as morning sickness,...Read More
New data indicates that Ireland ranks second within the European Union (EU) for obesity rates, with over a quarter of its adult population falling into this category.
Statistics released by Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, show that in 2019, obesity was prevalent in 26% of the Irish adult population. This figure significantly overshadows the EU average of 16%, with only Malta...Read More
Despite the protective implication often associated with high body weight in terms of fracture risk, recent studies suggest that obesity may in fact raise the risk of fractures, particularly in men with high body fat content.
A comprehensive examination of dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) data from a broad spectrum of over 10,000 U.S. individuals revealed an intricate connection between...Read More
A recent pilot study by researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) brings forth promising insights into the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in mental health treatment. The study demonstrates encouraging correlations between the use of an AI voice assistant named Lumen and improvements in symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients, along with noticeable changes...Read More
As medical institutions hasten their journey towards digital modernisation, many fail to address crucial transformations in key areas such as personnel, technology, cultural ethos, and procedural workflows, necessary for the success of their digital initiatives, says Kathy Narain, Chief Digital Officer at Hoag Hospital based in Newport Beach, California.
According to a 2020 study conducted...Read More