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Is it Always Unhealthy to Be Fat?

April 21, 2015

Conventional thinking suggests that overweight and obese people could eat better and exercise more to lose weight and be healthier. But is it always unhealthy to be overweight?

An episode of WHYY's "Radio Times" discusses the topic with experts including Rexford Ahima, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity Unit in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, who says that the effect of extra weight really depends on the individual.

For Diabetics, Fatigue and Burnout Are a Constant Challenge

March 9, 2015

Mark Schutta, MDManaging diabetes can be tough, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mark Schutta, MD, medical director of the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, says, "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," but there are ways to combat the fatigue.

>> Philadelphia Inquirer article

Major Hypoglycemia News From Paris Diabetes Conference

March 6, 2015

Michael R. Rickels, MDRecently at the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes conference in Paris, new study findings were announced that may lead to a new, simpler approach to glucagon "rescue" treatment for severe hypoglycemia -- a needle-free, nasally-delivered glucagon, according to the Huffington Post. Michael Rickels, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, led the study showing that the newly trialed glucagon shows comparable efficacy to current injected glucagon.

>> Huffington Post article

Long-Term Follow-Up of Benign Thyroid Nodules Shows Favorable Prognosis

March 5, 2015

Medical News Today article with Anne Cappola and Susan MandelIn continuing coverage, Medical News Today reports that after five years of follow-up, a majority of asymptomatic, benign thyroid nodules exhibited no significant change in size, or actually decreased in size, and diagnoses of thyroid cancer were rare, according to a study published in JAMA. Anne Cappola, MD, ScM, associate professor, and Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH, professor, both in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, co-wrote an editorial in JAMA calling the findings good news. Cancer Therapy Advisor also covered the topic.

>> Medical News Today article

>> Cancer Therapy Advisor article