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Obesity Amplifies Harmful Effects of Alcohol on the Liver

Being overweight or having obesity significantly increases the risk for liver disease and the likelihood of dying from it compared with being of normal weight, regardless of level of alcohol consumption, new research shows. “People in the overweight or obese range who drank were found to be at greater risk of liver diseases compared with participants […]

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Bill Would Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

At 2 a.m. Sunday, most of the United States will “spring forward” as daylight saving time starts. A group of senators has once again introduced legislation that would make DST permanent — meaning nobody would “fall back” at 2 a.m. Nov. 7. A synopsis of the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 says permanent DST would […]

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Heavier Girls Hit Hormonal Puberty Earlier, Develop Breasts Later

Girls with more body fat experienced earlier menarche and hormone changes, but later full breast development, compared with those with normal weight, according to longitudinal data from 90 girls aged 8-15 years. A link between obesity and early puberty has been observed among U.S. girls for decades, but more recent studies suggest that “girls with […]

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Hepatotoxicity Risk Differs Between Psoriasis, PsA, and RA Patients

Patients taking methotrexate for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) were at a higher risk of developing liver disease than were patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on methotrexate, in a large population-based study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. “These findings suggest that conservative liver monitoring is warranted in patients receiving methotrexate […]

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In Transgender Youth, Obesity Impacts Effects of Sex Steroids on HDL-C

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In transgender and gender-diverse young people receiving sex steroids, obesity exacerbates the decrease in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels and attenuates the benefits of estradiol, researchers say. “This study adds to what is known about the role of sex steroids (i.e., estrogen and testosterone) in cholesterol metabolism,” Dr. Kate Millington […]

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Assay Aids Anticoagulant Dosing of Obese Patients for Bariatric Sx

FRIDAY, Jan. 25, 2019 — Endogenous thrombin potential (ETP) may provide better information than anti-factor Xa (anti-XA) in determining the best dosage for blood thinners among obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery, according to a study recently published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders. Luigi Brunetti, Pharm.D., M.P.H., from the State University of New Jersey […]