Can creatine supplements help people suffering from post-COVID-19 fatigue?

The amino acid creatine is essential for muscle and brain health, and people commonly use creatine supplements to improve exercise performance and increase muscle mass. Results from a recent clinical trial published in Food Science & Nutrition indicate that dietary creatine may also benefit individuals experiencing post-COVID-19 fatigue syndrome (also known as long COVID). In the trial, 12 people with post-COVID-19 fatigue […]

Commonly used muscle-building dietary supplements are under regulated in Canada

A new policy analysis, published in the journal Performance Enhancement & Health, highlights several gaps in current Canadian policy regulating muscle-building dietary supplements. Muscle-building dietary supplements, including whey protein, creatine monohydrate, and amino acids, are used based on purported benefits to muscular growth and recovery. These products are regulated by the Natural Health Products Regulations under Health Canada. “We identified many gaps […]

Obesity experts spotlight safety gap in clinical trials and drug labeling for people with obesity

A new opinion piece published in Health Affairs Forefront raises questions around current approaches to assess drug safety and effectiveness in people with obesity. The article sheds light on how increased body fat can modify the effects of drugs used to treat common conditions, in some cases rendering the drugs ineffective or unsafe for people with obesity. The article, titled “Assessments Of […]

Eating a vegan diet could reduce grocery bill 16%, a savings of more than $500 a year, finds new research

Food costs decrease 16% on a low-fat vegan diet, a savings of more than $500 a year, compared to a diet that includes meat, dairy, and other animal products, according to a new analysis from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine published in JAMA Network Open. “We knew that a vegan diet significantly reduces your risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and […]

Font size can ‘nudge’ customers toward healthier food choices

Restaurants can persuade patrons to choose healthier foods by adjusting the font size of numbers attached to nutritional information on menus, according to a study headed by a Washington State University researcher. Lead researcher Ruiying Cai, an assistant professor in the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management, said U.S. restaurants with more than 20 locations are already required to show the […]

Too few primary care doctors address obesity with their patients, highlighting need for weight loss tool

Too Few Primary Care Doctors Address Obesity With Their Patients, Highlighting Need for Weight Loss Tool After finding that few to no clinicians provided weight management care, researchers developed a weight loss tool called PATHWEIGH. This tool was designed to remove clinician barriers in providing patient care that addressed weight. Early success with the tool led to PATHWEIGH being implemented […]

Nursing student highlights important role school nurses can play in identifying and supporting young people with eating disorders

The vital role school nurses can play in addressing the rising number of eating disorders among children and young people has been outlined by a Kingston University student in a leading nursing journal. Third year children’s nursing student Emmie Hopkinson’s evidence and practice article in Nursing Children and Young People has drawn on current research and her own clinical experience from placements […]

Nearby food stores affect results after weight-loss surgery

Being able to take a quick walk to a nearby food retail store may be a significant factor in long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery, new research suggests. That said, researchers found that simply living close to a food store isn’t an automatic key to sustained weight-loss – especially a market that carries mostly highly processed convenience foods. Overall, the […]

Body mass index affects long-term outcomes of ‘partial’ knee arthroplasty

For patients with higher body mass index (BMI) undergoing unicompartmental or “partial” knee replacement (UKR), long-term outcomes are improved when the implant is placed using a cementless rather than cemented technique, reports a study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer. In these higher-BMI patients, 10-year rates of revision surgery are […]