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|Handbook of Obesity Prevention: A Resource for Health Professionals
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Comprehensive in scope and meticulously researched, Handbook of Obesity Prevention analyzes the intricate causes of this public health crisis, and sets out concrete, multilevel strategies for meeting it head-on. This innovative handbook clearly defines obesity in clinical, epidemiologic, and financial terms, and offers guidelines for planning and implementing programs and evaluating results. This systematic approach to large-scale social and policy change gives all parties involved—from individual practitioners to multinational corporations—the tools to set and attain realistic goals based on solid evidence and best practice in public health.
A sample of topics covered:
The individual: risk factors and prevention across the lifespan, specific populations (pregnant women, ethnic and regional groups).
Levers for change in schools and workplaces.
Community settings: role of the physical environment.
"De-marketing" obesity: food industries and the media.
Grassroots action: consumers and communities.
The global obesity epidemic: rapid developments, potential solutions.
From obesity prevention to health promotion: the future of the field.
Its level of detail and wide range of topics make the Handbook of Obesity Prevention a bedrock sourcebook, overview, reference, or teaching text. Read by topic or cover to cover, here is accurate, up-to-date information for professionals and students in all areas of public health.
|The Physiology of Reproduction (2-Volume Set)
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The revised, updated Second Edition of this classic work is a masterful distillation of breakthrough research on mammalian reproductive physiology. Among its nearly 100 contributors are many of the investigators directly responsible for the field's spectacular progress in recent years. Topics throughout the Second Edition have been added, condensed, expanded, or completely revamped to reflect new findings on reproductive physiology, endocrinology, and reproductive behavior.The Second Edition provides extensive coverage of new research techniques; recent studies of interactions between hormones and genes; new findings on the structure of receptors; and newly identified endocrine and paracrine substances such as endothelins, interleukins, activins, inhibins, and prorenin. Included are accounts of the latest attempts to elucidate the neural mechanism underlying pulsatile secretion and identify the elusive pulse generator in the central nervous system.
|Diabetes Meals on the Run : Fast, Healthy Menus Using Convenience Foods
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Author: Betty Wedman-St. Louis
From fast foods to frozen entrees to deli takeout to salad bars, there is an abundance of tasty, convenient meal options catering to our hurry-up lifestyles. But as a person with diabetes you must follow strict nutritional guidelines and things can be quite a bit more complicated. Written by a leading national diabetes educator, Diabetes Meals on the Run is the first-ever guide to adapting fast foods and convenience foods to a diabetes nutrition regimen.
|Pharmacotherapy of Obesity: Options and Alternatives
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Author: Karl G. Hofbauer
Primarily intended for physicians and health care professionals who are treating obese patients, this book explores current and future options for drug treatment of obesity puts them into perspective against available alternative treatments. Distinguished scientists and clinical investigators provide reviews of each individual topic, covering a wide range of subjects from pathophysiology of obesity to the benefits of weight loss. The core sections on pharmacotherapy deal with currently available drugs and drugs in pre-clinical development, complemented with sections on non-drug treatment and general therapeutic aspects to provide an integrated view of therapeutic approaches to the treatment of obesity and its associated syndromes.
|The Art of Empowerment, Second Edition: Stories and Strategies for Diabetes Educators
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Author: American Diabetes Association
Transform your practice by transcending traditional techniques. Enhance your fundamental role in helping patients manage their diabetes. With this book, you will discover how to structure a richer learning environment for your patients using interactive techniques as well as philosophical and practical approaches. Rich in wisdom and real-life experience that will benefit the novice to the expert.
|Molecular Carcinogenesis and the Molecular Biology of Human Cancer
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To gain a complete overview of what is presently known about molecular carcinogenesis would prove to be a very daunting task for those not already steeped in this complex subject. Fortunately, David Warshawsky and Joseph Landolph Jr., both highly respected for their own contributions to the field, know exactly whom to call upon to fulfill the need for a definitive summary.
Molecular Carcinogenesis and the Molecular Biology of Human Cancer provides a technical, as well as historical, overview of research covering the science of cancer. This volume explores molecular information specific to chemical, viral, and radiation carcinogenesis, explains the working of cellular oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, and also introduces readers to the latest genomic and proteomic approaches.
The first part of the book offers basic information; the second part deals strictly with cancer in humans. It commences with discussions on induction and exposure, then reviews complex mixtures of chemical carcinogens, and provides several chapters on tumors, organized by specific organs.
This section also covers chemoprevention of chemical carcinogenesis, exposure assessment, and biomarkers, as well as the role of risk assessment, before offering a discussion on prevention that includes the history and particulars of carcinogen regulations.
Featuring leading researchers writing about their areas of expertise, this book provides a succinct yet detailed reference that meets the needs of professional researchers, clinicians, and environmental regulators, as well as attorneys practicing law in the area of toxic torts. Its progressive structure allows it to also serve as a primary text or resource for students in medicine and cancer research.
|Hypospadias and Genital Development (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)
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This book focuses on the current basic science research of hypospadias and genital development. Congenital anomalies of the genitalia are the second most common birth abnormality besides congenital heart defects. Genital anomalies come in many varieties with the most common abnormality being hypospadias. The etiology of hypospadias remains unknown and the incidence is doubling in western countries with no definable explanation. It therefore seems especially germane to study this common congenital anomaly with a baseline incidence of 1/125-250 newborn males.
|Clinical Chemistry and Metabolic Medicine, Seventh Edition
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Author: Martin Crook
Whether you are following an integrated or a more traditional medical course, you may find chemical pathology and metabolic medicine constitutes one of the more difficult subjects to grasp. What you need is a textbook that not only explains the biochemical underpinnings of metabolic medicine, but one that also integrates laboratory findings with clincal practice. Look no further...
Clinical Chemistry and Metabolic Medicine is entirely updated to reflect the new curriculum and the changes in our understanding of clinical biochemistry. The text is revised by an author with years of teaching experience who has carefully retained the strengh of Zilva and Pannall's classic textbook - readability, a firm basis in the underlying science, and a clear focus on clinical relevance.
The seventh edition of Clinical Chemistry and Metabolic Medicine re-establishes the title as the premier textbook in the field, and is essential reading for all medical students through to postgraduate trainees in medicine and candidates for the MRCP and MRCPath. General practitioners and hospital doctors may also find this text helpful in the diagnosis and management of patients with metabolic disorders.
|Fat : Fighting the Obesity Epidemic
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Author: Robert Pool
When the leptin gene was discovered in 1994, news articles predicted that there might soon be an easy, pharmaceutical solution to the growing public health crisis of obesity. Yet this scientific breakthrough merely proved once again how difficult the fight against fat really is. Despite the many appetite-suppressants, diet pills, and weight-loss programs available today, approximately 30 percent of Americans are obese. And that number is expanding rapidly.
Fat is the engaging story of the scientific quest to understand and control body weight. Covering the entire twentieth century, Robert Pool chronicles the evolving blame-game for fat--from being a result of undisciplined behavior to subconscious conflicts, physiological disease, and environmental excess. Readers in today's weight-conscious society will be surprised to learn that being overweight was actually encouraged by doctors and popular health magazines up until the 1930s, when the health risks associated with being overweight were publicly recognized. Thus began decades of research and experiments that subsequently explained appetite, metabolism, and the development of fat cells. Pool effectively reanimates the colorful characters, curious experiments, brilliant insights and wrong turns that led to contemporary scientific understanding of America's epidemic. While he acknowledges the advances in the pharmacological fight against flab, he underscores that the real problem of obesity is not losing the weight but keeping it off. Drugs offer a quick fix, but they aren't the ultimate answer. American society must remedy the unhealthy daily environments of its cities and towns, and those who have struggled with their weight and have experienced the "yo-yo" cycle of dieting must understand the underlying science of body weight that makes their struggle more than a question of willpower.
Fat: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic, by science writer Robert Pool, is the story of obesity research: the quest to find out why people get fat, why certain people are more likely to gain weight than others, why it's so difficult to lose weight, how the body's weight-regulating system works, how genes and environment interact to produce obesity, and why dieters regain their weight more than 90 percent of the time.
Pool presents story after story about the obesity scientists and their research, along with the evolution of social attitudes about corpulence. Some of the anecdotes are entertaining, such as the description of a 1911 experiment where a researcher inflated a condom in his belly, attached to a tube that went through his esophagus and out his mouth, to measure stomach contractions during hunger. Others may make you shudder, such as the story of 515-pound J.W., who lost weight in a hospital on a 600- to 800-calorie liquid diet 25 times, always rebounding afterwards to his previous weight.
Pool favors the leptin gene as a major clue to the mystery of obesity and treats it with more scientific detail than any other topic. Leptin, Pool explains, "regulates appetite and metabolism to keep the body at a stable, preferred weight." The brains of people with a mutation that results in deficient leptin production perceive their bodies as perpetually starving--even though they may be 50 or 100 pounds overweight.
Fat isn't a quick read and it won't tell you how to lose weight. It will appeal primarily to sociologists and those interested in the science of obesity. If that's you, you'll find this book to be a treasure trove of information. --Joan Price
|American Dietetic Assocation Guide to Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
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While gestational diabetes is one of pregnancy's most common complications, the associated risks for mothers with GDM and their children are startling. This new, comprehensive guide is a critical resource for health-care professionals, covering classifications, screening and diagnosis, MNT, medications and postpartum considerations, in addition to cultural competency that GDM treatment requires.
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