Author | Mark L. Fuerst


Obesity May Be Associated with Abnormal Bowel Habits

October 22, 2019

A recent study found that obese or severely obese patients have a 60% higher risk of chronic diarrhea vs those who are within a normal weight range. 

Higher Nut Consumption Linked to Lower Obesity Risk

October 15, 2019

Eating just half a serving more a day of nuts can help ward off weight gain and lower the risk of obesity, according to a recent study. 

3 New Diabetes Studies, in Brief

February 14, 2019

Findings: a heart-healthy lifestyle reduces DM risk; 1 egg a day may protect against T2DM; and a new genetic risk score may improve DM diagnosis.

Hep C Can Be Eliminated by 2030, Worldwide

February 12, 2019

A new study models the impact of 4 key public health interventions on global HCV burden to see if WHO elimination targets are realistic.

HCV/HIV-coinfected Patients Recover Liver Function with All-oral DAA Therapy

February 11, 2019

A first-of-its-kind study found that among cirrhosis patients with and without HIV-coinfection, liver function improved >50% in each cohort.

E-cigarette Flavorings May Become Toxic, Trigger Inflammation

November 13, 2018

Fanciful flavors added to e-cigarettes react with vaping solvents (eg, polypropylene glycol) to create compounds that may persist and harm.

Obesity Increases Asthma Risk By Altering Airway Muscle Function

November 12, 2018

Authors speculate that this alteration of smooth airway muscle may imprint a unique signature that could help lead to highly targeted new asthma therapies.

Lifestyle Factors, Not Air Pollution, Exacerbate Asthma in Women

September 28, 2018

Authors of a new study found that lifestyle factors, not a major air pollutant, play a more significant role in women developing asthma COPD overlap syndrome. 

Inhaled Steroids Increase Risk of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Infections

September 27, 2018

When using inhaled corticosteroids for the treatment of asthma, COPD, and other airways disease, authors of a new study warn to proceed with caution. 

Osteoporosis Rx Poor Within 6 Months of Hip Fracture

July 25, 2018

A new study found that post-hip fracture, less than 5% of elderly patients were started on osteoporosis medication despite high risk for recurrent fracture.