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Episodes

  • Which Patients Should be Eligible for Lap-Bands?

    Oct 20, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Maurice Pickard Guest: Diana Zuckerman The lap-band device dramatically reduces the size of a patient's stomach, and as such, it can be effective for weight loss in very obese patients. It offers at least one major advantage over gastric bypass surgery, in that the lap-band can be removed. But can the lap-band procedure also be safe and effective for patients who are even slightly obese, or do the potential risks outweigh the benefits for these patients? Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families and its cancer prevention and treatment fund in Washington, D.C., discusses the criteria for patients to receive lap-banding. What concerns surrou...
  • Evidence-Based Trends in Nutrition Research, Part II

    Oct 20, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Mary Leuchars Guest: Timothy Harlan How can clinicians communicate with patients more effectively about nutrition and diet? Dr. Timothy Harlan, medical director of outpatient clinics, associate chief of general internal medicine, and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, stresses the need to tailor nutritional guidance to each patient, and the importance of cooking for promoting good health and nutrition. Hosted by Dr. Mary Leuchars. 
  • Eating Disorders and Their Cost to the Community

    Oct 13, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Mary Leuchars Guest: Allegra Broft As eating disorders are generally on the rise in the United States, what are the personal and economic costs of anorexia and bulimia? Dr. Allegra Broft, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and research psychiatrist at the Eating Disorders Research Unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, is alarmed that eating disorders are not only have a high cost financially, but cost lives as well, likely accounting for the highest mortality among psychiatric disorders. How expensive and effective are residential programs for treatment of eating disorders? What other programs might help patients and families meet the cha...
  • A Family Practice Perspective on Nutrition for Diabetics

    Oct 13, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Jill Grimes Primary care physicians have an active role in the care of diabetes, from optimizing medical treatment and coordinating care with specialists, to providing basic guidance on nutrition. Why should nutrition be a high priority for this chronic disease, and how can we counsel our patients with diabetes on the importance of nutrition? Dr. Jill Grimes, a practicing board-certified family physician in Austin, Texas, and an associate editor for the 5-Minute Clinical Consult textbook, shares tips on the best ways to get an accurate nutrition history from our patients and on the optimal time to refer them to a registered dietitian. Dr. Jennifer Shu hosts.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Is Sugar Any Better?

    Oct 13, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Bruce Japsen Guest: James Laidler The move to re-cast high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar" come out of the demonization of high fructose corn syrup by some in the medical community. But is high fructose corn syrup's reputation scientifically justified, and what does it mean for physicians and their patients? Dr. Jim Laidler, an MD and researcher in the area of molecular biology, talks with host Bruce Japsen about the much-maligned high fructose corn syrup and whether it is worse for health than other sugars and common substitutes.
  • The Impact of Nutrition Information Labels on Consumer Behavior

    Oct 13, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Maurice Pickard Guest: George Blackburn Food nutrition labels are becoming ubiquitous— in restaurants, on the front of packaged food, and soon, on meat products. But is all of this nutrition information actually impacting consumer behavior and encouraging healthier food choices? Hosted by Dr. Maurice Pickard's guest is Dr. George Blackburn, associate professor of surgery and nutrition, associate director of the division of nutrition, and the S. Daniel Abraham chair in nutrition medicine at Harvard Medical School, says nutrition labeling is beneficial, but all of the information can be overwhelming. How can we help consumers and patients, find clarity in the food aisles, and steer ...
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: A New Twist on Weight Gain

    Oct 6, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Lisa Dandrea Lenell Guest: Gary Taubes The conventional wisdom, often repeated, is that burning more calories than we ingest prevents us from getting fat. Gary Taubes, health policy investigator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of California at Berkeley and author of the books Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, discusses why his evaluation of the research leads him to the conclusion that the traditional advice is fundamentally wrong. He joins host Lisa Dandrea Lenell to talk about the research on carbohydrates, not calories, as the culprit in weight gain and the advice he believes will help patients successfully lose weight, and the core perspe...
  • Evidence-Based Trends in Nutrition Research, Part I

    Oct 6, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Mary Leuchars Guest: Timothy Harlan Red meat, soda, portion sizes and food quality are all buzz words in nutrition news. But it can be challenging to decipher the components of a "healthy diet," based on voluminous, and often contradictory, nutritional studies. What are the latest evidence-based trends in nutrition research, and how can we best communicate this nutritional knowledge to our patients? Dr. Timothy Harlan, medical director of outpatient clinics, associate chief of general internal medicine, and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, surveys a number of "hot topics" in nutrition and puts the latest research into context. Hoste...
  • Incorporating Nutrition Into Clinical Practice

    Oct 6, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Amy Hendel Guest: Ruth Frechman Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits are common drivers of chronic health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. What do physicians and other healthcare providers need to know about providing effective lifestyle changes for their patients, as well as for themselves? Host Amy Hendel speaks with Ruth Frechman, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, about how to navigate today's nutritional landscape in clinical practice.
  • Adding a Ketogenic Diet to Chemo: Improved Outcomes?

    Oct 6, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Bruce Bloom Guest: Thomas Seyfried Brain tumors are a near-certain death sentence, and the treatment process is notoriously arduous and unrelenting. Yet there is evidence to suggest that there may be a way for us to alleviate some of the pain and other treatment-related symptoms for patients. Dr. Thomas Seyfried, professor of biology at Boston College and associate editor of the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, joins host Dr. Bruce Bloom to explore the possibility of combining chemotherapy with a calorie-restricted ketogenic diet, as a means to extend and improve the lives of brain cancer patients.
  • The Beef on Red Meat: Unhealthy on Many Levels

    Oct 6, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Cathleen Margolin Guest: Barry Popkin Certain foods and beverages seem to go in and out of style as new research emerges to support or refute their health benefits. Yet when it comes to eating red meat, despite the long-standing advice from nutrition experts, our taste buds never seem to tire of the all-American burger or the juicy tenderloin steak. New research provides us with what is billed as definitive evidence that our penchant for red meat shortens our lifespan. Dr. Barry Popkin, the Carla Smith Chambliss Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition and director of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center at the University of North Carolina, joins host Dr. Cathleen Margolin to d...
  • The Corporate Role in the Battle Against Obesity

    Oct 6, 2014 |
    Hosted by: Bruce Japsen Guest: Hank Cardello With the US amid an obesity epidemic, the White House has made healthy eating a national priority. But will market forces eventually undermine and sabotage this high-profile effort to curtail obesity? Hank Cardello, a fellow of the Washington DC think tank the Hudson Institute, and director of its Obesity Solutions Institute and author of the book Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat, talks with host Bruce Japsen about how to persuade companies that product offerings which help reduce, instead of increase, the country's waistline can also improve the corporate bottom line.
  • Bariatric Surgery and a Baby on Board?

    Jul 14, 2014 | 14 min
    Hosted by: Lauren Streicher Guest: Coleen Kelly More than 150,000 obese American people undergo bariatric surgery annually. Many of these patients are women who will become pregnant. Dr. Colleen Kelly, a gastroenterologist at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, joins host Dr. Lauren Streicher to discuss this growing patient population. The two discuss which surgical option is best for a woman who wants to conceive, along with nutritional guidlines, complications, and of course the health of the baby.
  • Treating Obese Women

    Jun 2, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Lisa Mazzullo Guest: Emily Merrill Imagine going into a doctor's office, putting on a gown and finding that it won't wrap around your body. Or, having your blood pressure taken when the cuff doesn't fit around your arm. These are just a few of the problems obese women deal with as medical patients. Dr. Emily Merrill, department chair for nurse practitioner studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, discusses with host Dr. Lisa Mazzullo the challenges, stigmas and frustrations associated with treating obese women. They also discuss the attitudes and perceptions of doctors, medical students and nurses when it comes to treating overweight women.
  • Ketogenic Diet for Refractory Epilepsy: Beyond Anecdotes

    May 19, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Douglas Nordli The ketogenic diet has been used as a therapy for refractory epilepsy in children since the 1920's. It was only recently, however, that a randomized, controlled study confirmed it to be effective in reducing seizures. Is there a role for the ketogenic diet as first-line therapy for epilepsy? Which patients stand to benefit the most from this diet, and what are some of its potential adverse effects? Dr. Douglas Nordli, associate professor of neurology and pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Lorna S. and James P. Langdon Chair of Pediatric Epilepsy, offers details on this trial and explores mechanisms throug...
  • The Battle of the Bulge: Losing Weight and Keeping it Off

    Mar 24, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Mimi Secor Guest: Christine Kessler America has a weight problem. Billions of dollars are spent every year in the pursuit of weight loss, often without success. And it is one of the most frequently addressed health concerns addressed by patients and their health care providers. What tips can you provide your patients to help them lose weight and keep it off? Nurse Practitioner Christine Kessler, a certified practitioner in advanced diabetes management at a large teaching medical center, joins host Mimi Secor to discuss the changes in our food and eating habits that have contributed to an obesity epidemic.
  • Ketogenic Diets: An Effective Therapy for Brain Cancer?

    Mar 24, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Bruce Bloom Guest: Thomas Seyfried Caloric restricted ketogenic diets have become a standard of care in epilepsy. Join host Dr. Bruce Bloom and his guest, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, professor of biology at Boston College and associate editor of the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, as they talk about the lab and mouse research that is pointing to caloric restricted ketogenic diets for brain cancer therapy.
  • A Closer Look at the Health Claims Behind Berries

    Mar 24, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Cathleen Margolin Guest: Gary Stoner Reports on the medicinal properties of foods are often of interest to the general public, with the hope of finding or maintaining better health through proper nutrition. For many years, the relationship between the consumption of berries and cancer prevention has been studied in lab animals, with results from these scientific studies interpreted for their potential applications in daily life. What does current research tell us about the potency of raspberries, blueberries and other berries toward preventing cancer and can we yet issue any practical indications for humans? Dr. Gary Stoner, professor emeritus in the division of hematology and onc...
  • Addressing the Rise in Pediatric Kidney Stones

    Mar 24, 2014 | 14 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: Bruce Slaughenhoupt Once considered to be a problem of adulthood, kidney stones are being more regularly documented in children as young as age five. What factors are responsible for the increasing prevalence of this condition, and what can we do to reverse this emerging pattern of childhood kidney stones? Dr. Bruce Slaughenhoupt, assistant professor of urology and co-director of the pediatric kidney stone clinic at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, evaluates the clinical implications of this trend with host Dr. Jennifer Shu.
  • Substance Abuse, Obesity, and Bipolar Disorder

    Mar 24, 2014 | 13 min
    Hosted by: Leslie P. Lundt Guest: Roger McIntyre Substance abuse, obesity and bipolar disorder are major public health problems. They frequently co-occur, but what is the relationship between substance abuse and obesity in bipolar disorder? Dr. Roger McIntyre, associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network, Toronto, Canada, joins host Dr. Leslie Lundt to discuss his surprising research findings.
  • Diets and Food Selections of the Nutritionists

    Mar 17, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Amy Hendel Guest: Ruth Frechman Does the word dash mean 'diet' to you, or a quick run? Does "Mediterranean" describe your last vacation destination, or a heart-healthy diet? Host Amy Hendel welcomes Ruth Frechman, registered dietician and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, to discuss a nutritionist's take on diets and food choices that can benefit your patient population.
  • Promising Peanut Immunotherapy Studies

    Mar 17, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Lee Freedman Guest: Wesley Burks Peanut allergy is an increasing public health concern in the United States. Children with peanut allergy may remain allergic for life, unlike children with more often outgrown allergies to milk or egg. Dr. Wesley Burks, professor and chief of the division of pediatric allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center, describes recent success with peanut immunotherapy in a few groups of children. Do these studies provide hope for all patients with peanut allergy, including adults? Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Families

    Mar 17, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Lisa Dandrea Lenell Guest: Amy Hendel We know that high rates of obesity in children is a serious problem in the United States. What is a whole-family approach? And how do adult nutrition strategies differ from what works for children? How can parents and kids work together to make the entire family eat healthier and exercise? PA Amy Hendel, medical and lifestyle reporter and author of the book The 4 Habits of Healthy Families, joins host Lisa Dandrea Lenell to discuss her approach to getting families focused on making healthy lifestyle decisions when it comes to nutrtition and exercise. They also talk about how practitioners can encourage their patients to make positive changes i...
  • Weighing the Adverse Effects of Fructose vs. Glucose

    Mar 17, 2014 | 15 min
    Hosted by: Larry Kaskel Guest: Kimber Stanhope Which is worse: fructose-sweetened drinks or glucose-sweetened drinks? For some time, we have lacked consensus on the degree of punishment our bodies take from drinks sugared by these common saccharines. For now, fructose may again be wearing the crown, scoring unhealthy points in abdominal adiposity, and triglyceride and LDL levels, among other categories. Nutritional biologist Dr. Kimber Stanhope, from the University of California, Davis, joins host Dr. Larry Kaskel to shed some new light on this enduring debate. The lead author of a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation on the consumption of fructose-sweetened and gl...