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This Week: In Brief (Jan. 24-30, 2010)

Sunday, January 31, 2010 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, enjoy below the best mini-stories that we came across during the prior week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.

- Gym injuries more common that you think; thousands land in ER from accidents on treadmills, exercise balls etc.

- Great new editorial on the rise and fall of the "metabolic syndrome"

- Study: Reducing dietary salt by 3 g per day is projected to reduce the annual number of US deaths by up to 92,000:

-Will eating slowly help curb appetite? Excellent summary of available research (Nutritional Blogma)

- Study: UK kids who bike or walk to school are fitter than passive transport users:

- Fast food diet plans: say goodbye to Jenny Craig and hit the drive thru?

-Couple starved their baby by putting laxatives in her bottle to prevent her from becoming fat:

- Protesters plan to "overdose" on homepathic meds to prove they are useless:

- Canadian physical activity guidelines may need to increase to 60-90 minutes/day

- Running barefoot versus running in shoes (The Science of Sport)

- The Endobarrier or "Duodenal Condom": the cure for diabetes and obesity (Weighty Matters)

- Primary care needs to restructure its approach to obesity treatment (Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes)

Have a great weekend, and to know what we're reading in real-time, be sure to...

Peter Janiszewski

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