This Week In Brief: March 20-26

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.

  • New study suggests that obesity rates are higher among religious individuals. <==  My guess is that this is driven by SES or some other factor rather than religiosity per se, but still an interesting finding. (HealthDay)
  • Surgeons use Xbox to keep sterile during surgery <== this is a very cool use of technology! (HealthZone)
  • “In 20 or 30 years, everybody on that island will either be a dialysis patient or a dialysis nurse” <== A look at the havoc caused by Western diets in the Canadian North (NPR)
  • Walking in the woods reduces blood pressure and increases adiponectin levels (EJAP)
  • Are blog comments worth the trouble?  (Science of blogging)
  • And don’t forget to check out Peter’s weekly selections of the best health-related blog posts over at

Those are the stories that caught our eye this week.  Have a great weekend!


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