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One Step Closer to New Treatment Option for Obesity

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s premier medical journal, released an article describing new discoveries related to the FTO gene and its link to obesity, bringing with it hopes for new treatment options.

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More Than Willpower: Research Into Understanding Obesity

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Three recent articles in scientific journals explore some of the underlying factors that contribute to obesity. The articles show that we must move beyond the strongly held societal beliefs that obesity is merely an issue of willpower and look for the deeper roots of the condition — in our genetics, how we are raised, and even the size of our plates.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Ten Solutions for Poor Sleep

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

If you optimize your sleep habits and are still struggling, consider seeing a provider who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi takes a closer look at the behaviors and thought processes surrounding sleep, and has been shown to be effective for those with sleep issues.

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Medical Monday: Sleep Deprivation and the Gift of Early-Morning Light

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Sleep deprivation—whether missing a night's sleep or getting less sleep on a nightly basis than one needs—impairs attention, working memory, long-term memory, and decision-making. If sleep deprivation is a long-term issue, people are at a higher risk for hypertension, heart attack and stroke, obesity, and psychiatric illness.

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