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New Obesity Drug Allows You to Eat as Much as You Want

It may be too good to be true but that is what the new obesity drug promises. Overweight and obese patients can eat as much as they want without gaining weight because the drug makes the body produce less fat. At the same time, the drug also burns off excess fat from the body. With this new drug, there is no need for anyone to go on a diet and to engage in regular exercise just to lose weight.

The new drug by a private US company Zafgen Inc. targets the body. It changes the composition of the body so that one can remain healthy and not produce fats. Unlike the other dieting drugs or weight loss drugs, this new drugs do not require patients to control what they eat. Although the drug is not yet released on the market, Zafgen sees that there will be no problem with approval. According to the company, the drug is safe so far. The company sees no major concern so far.

The medical implication of this new drug is also very significant. People can remain healthy because their body will not produce fats. Moreover, the drug is very different from the anti obesity drugs that are available today. The anti obesity drugs attack parts of the hypothalamus. This is the area of the brain that affects the appetitie of the individual. This is also the area of the brain that is responsible for happiness. Depression is therefore one of the side effects of anti obesity drugs. This is not the case with the new drugs from Zafgen Inc.

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Posted by admin - November 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

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Babies Remember Words from the Womb

Recent findings have shown that fetuses can hear and can remember words while inside the wombs of their mothers. When the babies in the womb hear the same words frequently, they are able to distinguish and remember the words. The authors of the study stated that the brains of fetuses can already adapt to the sounds they hear around them. This demonstrates the capacity of humans for early language development and listening skills.

The study was conducted by Minna Huotilainen, of the University of Helsinki’s Finnish Center of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research, and colleagues. The researchers emphasized that the study proved that fetuses start learning as their brains develop. At the very young age, while their bodies are developing, they are also starting to learn about how the other members of their families communicate.

To test the hypothesis that fetuses can hear and remember the words they hear while they were in the wombs, the researchers used the three syllable word tatata. 33 fetuses were then exposed to the word at 29th week of pregnancy. After the babies were born, the researchers scanned the brain activities of the babies while hearing the words. The babies demonstrated a very strong reaction to the word. From the brain scan, they even recognized the changes in the intonation of the words when the researchers changed them. The study proved that the fetal brain can already be exposed to learning. For many mothers, it means that they should start talking and communicating with their babies even if the babies are still in the womb.

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Posted by admin - October 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

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Anti Smoking Conseling Benefits Kids

According to the United States Preventive Task Force, anti smoking counseling to children and teens are effective. When primary care physicians talk to kids about the bad effects of smoking, they listen. Primary care physicians therefore play important role in reducing the risk of smoking on children and teens.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated that new research has found that behavioral counseling by primary care physicians is very effective. According to Dr. David Grossman of the USPSTF,” The good news is that we have solid evidence that primary-care clinicians can help their young patients be tobacco free. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The good news is that behavioral therapy can be anything from personal counseling to phone call. Family or group counseling is also as effective. The physician does not have to spend a lot of material and time resources to provide counseling. A simple phone call will do or a short talk during the patient visit. However using educational materials, such as videos, print materials, newsletters, and others are even more effective.

Since the recent research has found that patient counseling is effective, the good news is that it is now possible for doctors to help kids stay away from smoking tobacco. Doctors can easily provide the right counseling since the materials needed for counseling are low cost and can easily be implemented. The United States Preventive Task Force published a recommendation to doctors on its website. The recommendation is also published at the Pediatrics Journal.




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