Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

It’s Flu Season…Be Careful Out There

September 9th, 2010

It’s flu season. Have you had your shot? If you are obese you better get one.

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the health authorities but obesity is an important risk for serious complications from the flu, specifically the H1N1 or swine flu.

Obesity was present in 25% of hospitalized H1N1 patients in northwestern Italy (Bassetti M, et al Risk factos for severe complications of the novel influenza A (H1N1): analysis of patients hospitalized in Italy Clin Microbiol Infect 2010 June 1; epub); 21% of hospitalized patient critically ill with confirmed or probably H1N1 in Mexico (Guillermo DC et al Critically Ill Patients with 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico JAMA Nov. 4,2009;302(17):1880-1887); obesity was one of the most common cormorbidities at 33% in Canada. (Kumar A, Critically Ill Patients with 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) infection in Canada, JAMA 2009;302(17): 1872-1879).

A study in California found, “A large portion of our adult cases had other comorbidities that are not established risk factors for severe influenza, including hypertension and obesity. Of adults with BMI data available, more than half were obese and one-quarter were morbidly obese. As a point of reference, the percentage of adults who are morbidly obese in the United States is 4.8%. Almost one-third of obese cases did not have other established risk factors fro severe influenza, although 27% had other comorbidities (eg. Hypertension). Others have reported this novel association in pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1): diabetes and obesity were the most frequently identified underlying conditions in fatal cases older than 20 years worldwide, and anecdotal observations of high prevalence of obesity in severe and fatal have been reported from Chile, Manitoba and Mexico. (Louie JK, Factors Associated with Death or Hospitalization Due to Pandemic 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) infection in California, JAMA,2009;302(17):1896-1902)

December 30th, 2009

December 29, 2009

Study disputes ‘healthy and obese’ fallacy  Study Debunks Notion of ‘Healthy Obese’ Man – BusinessWeek

December 29, 2009

Vivus announces plans to submit Qnexa for FDA approval Vivus says it asked FDA for marketing approval of its obesity drug candidate Qnexa —

December 24, 2009

Arena Pharmaceuticals submits New Drug Application for lorcaserin to FDA. Arena Pharma seeks US FDA approval for obesity drug lorcaserin – International

December 11, 2009

New York Times feature on poor children getting obesity-inducing anti-psychotic medications on Medicaid Children on Medicaid Found More Likely to Get Antipsychotics –

December 7, 2009 Lincoln University ends controversial BMI-graduation policy Lincoln Ends BMI Requirement – The Paper Trail (

December 4, 2009

America Samoa tops lists of world’s most obese countries Size matters: American Samoa tops ‘globesity’ scale

December,  2009

Diabetes cases and costs expected to double in next 25 years. Projecting the future diabetes population size and… [Diabetes Care. 2009] – PubMed result

November 27, 2009

University takes flak for singeling out obese students A University Takes Aim at Obesity – The Choice Blog –

November 24, 2009

CDC releases county obesity rates.  Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: U.S. Obesity Trends | DNPAO | CDC

See interesting commentary from Richard Florida of the Atlantic The Geography of Obesity – Richard Florida

November 23, 2009

It seems obesity drugs can’t catch a break. Now there is news that Abbott’s Meridia is being watched by the Food and Drug Administration for increased cardiovascular deaths. It was widely known to increase blood pressure. New Meridia SCOUT Trial has Major Implications for Obesity Drug Development – GLG News This means that for companies bringing new products to the FDA for approval will find even greater scrunity.

November 17, 2009

USA Reports rising costs of obesity epidemic Rising obesity will cost U.S. health care $344 billion a year –

ACOG issues guidelines on bariatric surgery and pregnancy Bariatric surgery and pregnancy.

Yale course by Kelly Brownell on psychology, biology and politics of food available on line for free The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food — Open Yale Courses

ASMBS offers on line CEU course on bariatric surgery American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

America’s Health Rankings sets obesity state by state projections to 2013 Projected Prevalence of Obesity

November 11, 2009

HHS issues report on health care reform and diabetes Preventing and Treating Diabetes: Health Insurance Reform and Diabetes in America

Dr. Sharma takes on lifestyle choice or chance? Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Obesity: Lifestyle Choice or Lifestyle Chance?

November 9, 2009

Downey Obesity Report joins call for health reform to address morbid obesity 15 Million Americans at Greatest Risk of Disease/Death Have Been Left Out of Health Reform Debate – SmartBrief

Study confirms link between swine flu and extra weight

November 5, 2009

California reports important link between obesity and swine flu

Obesity causes over 100,00 new cases of cancer Obesity linked to specific cancers –

Obesity causing problems in military recruiting Obesity, poor education big obstacles to military recruiting –

November 4, 2009

California swine flu report point to obesity risk. In a study published today in JAMA, researchers looked at deaths and hospitalizations due to H1N1 flu in California. They state, “A large proportion of our adult cases had other comorbidities that are not established risk factors for severe influenza, including hypertension and obesity. Of adults with BMI data available, more than half were obese and one-quarter were morbidly obese…Almost one-third ob obese cases did not have other established risk factors for severe influenza, although 27% had other comorbidities (eg, hypertension) Others have reported this novel association in pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) infection; diabetes and obesity were the most frequently identified underlying conditions in fatal cases older than 20 years worldwide, and anecdotal observations of high prevalence of obesity in severe and fatal cases have been reported from Chile, Manitoba and Mexico. Factors associated with death or hospitalization d… [JAMA. 2009] – PubMed result

New evidence from mouse studies on genetic transmission Do Fat Parents Have Taller Babies? Mice study indicates surprising relationships between food, height, and families. – The Human Condition Blog –

October 28, 2009

DPP 10 year results A Decade Later, Lifestyle Changes or Metformin Still Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk, October 29, 2009 News Release – National Institutes of Health (NIH)  10-year follow-up of diabetes incidence and weight… [Lancet. 2009] – PubMed result

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September 27th, 2009

October 21, 2009

FDA plans revision to nutrition label. FDA seeks to improve nutrition labeling on food products –

October 20, 2009

Women with obesity at risk for in vitro fertilization failure The Press Association: Obesity cuts IVF success – study

October 19,2009

Can anyone get insurance? Now an underweight girl is excluded. Underweight Girl Denied Insurance Coverage – Denver News Story – KMGH Denver

October 18, 2009

Washington Post columnist Robin Givhan address the Fashion industry and thinness in the culture.Robin Givhan on Fashion: Size of the Model vs. Size of the Customer –

Great Idea: solve obesity by making people taller. Idea Lab – Should a War on Shortness Be One of the Goals of Health Care Reform? –

October 17, 2009

NYT reports on prospects for new drugs for obesity Arena, Orexigen and Vivus Are Chasing an Effective Diet Drug –

Why can’t CDC find obese swine flu patients? Pneumonia, Susceptibility of Young Among Traits of Swine Flu –

October 15, 2009             

Family Physicians Ink deal with Coke Family Doctors Sign Educational Deal With Coca-Cola – NPR Health Blog : NPR

October 14, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama tackles childhood obesity Michelle Obama’s Weight Loss Tips: Watch TV Standing Up — Politics Daily

North Carolina Plan criticized Obesity penalty isn’t fair or effective – Columnists/Blogs – News & Observer

Ralph Lauren model fired for being too fat Photoshopped Ralph Lauren Model Filippa Hamilton Fired For Being Fat – WPIX

Dr. Bernandine Healy hits punitive steps against the obese The Obesity Epidemic Isn’t Just About Willpower – US News and World Report

October 13, 2009

Candidate’s weight becomes important issue in NJ Governor Race Is Chris Christie Too Fat to Be the Next Governor of New Jersey? – The Gaggle Blog –

October 12, 2009

Infant denied health care for  pre-existing conditions Why we need health-care reform: ‘Obese’ infant denied insurance!

Colorado Insurer caves The Associated Press: Colo. insurer changes course on fat infants

Baby denied health insurance for obesity as pre-existing condition 17-Pound, 4-Month-Old Baby Denied Health Insurance for Being Too Fat – Children’s Health –

October 9, 2009

Groups push back on premium increases in Senate Finance Bill If Your Waistline Grows, Should Your Premiums, Too? – Prescriptions Blog –

October 8, 2009

Corzine attacked as bigot Is Corzine A Bigot? | The New Republic

October 7, 2009

Physicians lead the way in treating obesity Doctors join fight against obesity –

NJ Governor Corzine accused of attacking opponents weight Corzine Points Spotlight at Christie’s Weight –

North Carolina to punish overweight state workers North Carolina state health plan to penalize smokers, obese

October 6, 2009

Study showing restaurant calorie labeling doesn’t change habits sure to add fuel to labeling debate Calorie Postings Don’t Change Habits, Study Finds –

October 2, 2009,

New York Board of Education bans bake sales Bake Sales Are Banned in New York Schools –

October 1, 2009

After 20 years USDA program for Women Infants and Children adds fruits and vegetables to its voucher program WIC nutrition program expands to cover fruits, vegetables —

September 17, 2009 NEJM publishes study on taxing sugar-sweetened beverages NEJM — The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

September 11, 2009

Indiana Court allows workers comp coverage of bariatric surgery Indiana Appeals Court Affirms Work Comp Coverage for Obesity Surgery

September 9, 2009

STOP Obesity Alliance presents health care reform proposals Curbing Obesity Epidemic Key to Health Care Reform: Experts – US News and World Report See 16th and 17th U.S. Surgeons General, STOP Obesity Alliance Announce America has Reached Tipping Point on Obesity, Call for Direct Action – STOP Obesity Alliance

September 1, 2009

Institute of Medicine issues recommendations for combating childhood obesity Report maps out solutions to child obesity –

USDA announces child nutrition grants Release No. 0416.09

More employers trying financial incentives As Federal Healthcare Reform Debate Continues, New Survey Reveals More Companies Turn to Financial Rewards to Tackle Soaring Employee Healthcare Costs

August 31, 2009

New target for therapies identified Study may lead to new obesity therapies –

New York City targets sugar-sweetened drinks New Salvo in City’s War on Sugary Drinks – City Room Blog –

Risk of infant mortality rises with mother’s weight Mom’s obesity tied to higher infant mortality

August 30, 2009

Obesity linked to swine flu deaths Obesity linked to swine flu deaths | World news | The Observer

August 27, 2009

Extreme obesity shortens lives by 12 years Extreme obesity can shorten people’s lives by 12 years –

New drug claims ability to fight obesity and diabetes New fat-fighting drug has anti-diabetes action too | Health | Reuters

Obesity deniers come out

August 24, 2009

American Heart Association raises alarm about sugar Heart Association recommends limits on added sugars – White Coat Notes –

Interesting graph plots out contribution of obesity, age and health status on costs. A Concentration of Health Expenses – Prescriptions Blog –

GE introduces new MRI geared for larger patients GE Healthcare shows off latest MRI – The Business Review (Albany):

Obesity a risk for swine flu deaths Half of swine flu deaths in high-risk people -study | Reuters

August 18, 2009

Sleep apnea on increase Sleep Apnea Rises With Obesity, Boosts Deaths in Middle-Aged –; PLoS Medicine: Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Mortality: A Prospective Cohort Study

Push back on doctor’s campaign against obesity Anti-Obesity Dr. Jason Newsom Chomps Down on Dunkin’ Donuts « Vitals Spotlight – We Give the Doctor an Exam

August 11, 2009

President Obama calls for health insurance reform to cover obesity treatments, stating, “All I’m saying is let’s take the example of something like diabetes, one of — a disease that’s skyrocketing, partly because of obesity, partly because it’s not treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family — if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they’re taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we’re also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money. Text – Obama’s Health Care Town Hall in Portsmouth –

August 10, 2009

Nominee for Surgeon General attacked over body weight Does it matter what the doctor weighs? —

Arena preparing to submit new obesity drug to FDA San Diego Business Journal Online – business news for San Diego, California

August 7, 2009

Recession could worsen obesity prevalence Recession could have negative impact on obesity levels | News | Nursing Times

July 17, 2009

Minorities, blacks hardest hit by obesity reports CDC Atlanta health, diet and fitness news |

July 16, 2009

AHA: severe obesity increases risks in surgery Severe obesity increases risks of health problems during surgery

AHA: Clarity on the overweight mortality confusion Mortality, Health Outcomes, and Body Mass Index in the Overweight Range: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association — Lewis et al. 119 (25): 3263 — Circulation

July 14, 2009

Excess weight speeds up osteoarthritis Excess Weight Speeds Up Osteoarthritis: MedlinePlus

July 14, 2009

RWJ releases report on taxes for sugar sweetened beverages Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes and Public Health – RWJF

July 14, 2009 WHO addresses swine flu vaccine for persons with obesity. Swine Flu Vaccine Recommendations from World Health Organization – Health Blog – WSJ

July 10, 2009 CDC finds high prevalence of obesity in swine flu patients. Intensive-Care Patients With Severe Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection — Michigan, June 2009

July 2009 Study finds insulin resistance in overeating lean humans for the first time. Short-term overeating induces insulin resistance i…[Mol Med. 2009 Jul-Aug] – PubMed Result

July 10,2009

The economy, stress and overeating Job Stress, Economy Weighing on Americans: MedlinePlus

June 24, 2009

Obesity: Africa’s Next Big Killer Africa’s newest silent killer: obesity | FP Passport

July 2, 2009

Connecticut Governor Vetoes Labeling Bill

Rell rejects nutritional labeling for chain restaurants – The Connecticut Post Online

July 1, 2009

Obama Address Obesity in Town HallObama Addresses Health-Care Reform at Virtual Town Hall Meeting –

July 1, 2009

Trust for America’s Health releases “F as in Fat 2009”

June 30, 2009

Institute of Medicine Issues Report on Comparative Effectiveness Research

Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research – Institute of Medicine

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June 30, 2009

Oregon enacts restaurant labeling bill AP Wire – Oregon | | News for Portland Oregon and SW Washington

June 29, 2009

More Data on surgery for diabetes Weight-Loss Surgery May Be Beneficial for Diabetes –

June 29, 2009

Kentucky phasing out sugar sweetened beverages Congress May Look to Ky. Schools’ Healthy Example in Creating Nutritional Policy –

June 25, 2009

IOM release workshop on Food Desserts The Public Health Effects of Food Deserts. Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine

May 28, 2009

IOM Releases report on Weight Gain in Pregnancy Report Brief. Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines – Institute of Medicine

May 9, 2009

Do obesity related diseases predispose to swine flu severity? Other Illness May Precede Worst Cases of Swine Flu –