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Bariatric Surgery Provides Long-Term Blood Glucose Control, Type 2 Diabetes Remission

People with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery achieved much better long-term blood glucose control compared to people who received medical management plus lifestyle interventions, according to a new study published in JAMA, or Journal of the American Medical Association, and funded by the National institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of The National Institutes of Health.

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Pennington Biomedical Researchers Looking for New Ways to Improve Life Span and Health During Aging

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is discovering new ways to improve life span and health during aging through its research. A new study from Pennington Biomedical, “Restricting bioenergetic efficiency enhances longevity and mitochondrial redox capacity in Drosophila melanogaster,” published in the journal Aging Cell, showed that BAM15, a compound that makes mitochondria less efficient at producing energy, extended life span in fruit flies, and was associated with less body fat and increased muscle function.

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Launchpad Innovation Pilot Awards

New Screening Tool Saving Lives: Metamor Team Developing Tool to Catch Cancer Earlier

A new partnership between a Pennington Biomedical physician-researcher at the Metamor Institute and an LSU School of Medicine oncologist has already saved several women’s lives in southeast Louisiana.

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The Obesity Society

Whether You Exercise Regularly or One-To-Two Days a Week, Weight Loss is Possible

Whether you engage in physical activity on a regular basis or one-to-two days a week, both options produce weight loss suggests a new study published in the journal Obesity, The Obesity Society’s (TOS) flagship journal. The study is the first of its kind to examine the association between physical activity patterns and objectively-measured fat tissue mass.

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Researchers Combine Modern Equipment for Increased Precision in Body Composition Analysis

Locating specific, localized distributions of fat and muscle in body composition is intuitively and imprecisely implied by body shape. Now, a team of researchers has discovered that the unique combination of modern deep learning models, specified equipment and three-dimensional body scans has given a quantitative validation on medical imaging that was previously only qualitative.

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Pennington Biomedical Research Center Named a Spoke in the ARPA-H Customer Experience Hub

ARPA-H Customer Experience Hub, nationwide health innovation network, enable access, health innovations

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Women's Wellness

Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women Returns March 2

The annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women returns to Pennington Biomedical for the 24th year, delivering a menu of screenings, services and other activities to participants from across the Capital region. The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, located at 6400 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Registration is now open and limited to 600 participants.

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Dr. Jeffery Keller and Answer ALS

Pennington Biomedical's Dr. Jeffery Keller to Lead Answer ALS' Open Access Data Repository

Pennington Biomedical’s Dr. Jeffery Keller has been named Principal Investigator to oversee Answer ALS’ open access data repository, Neuromine. Serving as Director for Pennington Biomedical’s Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention and a Professor of Aging and Neurodegeneration, Dr. Keller will help lead the growth of access to Answer ALS data repository, the largest and most comprehensive ALS data resource in history.

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January 2024 Publications

The following are recent publications by the researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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DiAL Health

How Do Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss Affect Aging? Study Currently Looking for Participants

January is a time when many people are looking for new diet routines, and intermittent fasting is trending, as are traditional calorie cutting programs. Research conducted with animal models suggests that intermittent fasting slows aging, and those animals live longer.

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Handbook of Obesity

Updated Edition of the “Handbook of Obesity,” Edited by Former Pennington Biomedical Executive Directors Dr. George Bray and Dr. Claude Bouchard, Now Available

The two-volume set of the “Handbook of Obesity,” edited by former Pennington Biomedical Research Center Executive Directors Dr. George Bray and Dr. Claude Bouchard, was recently published by Routledge and CRC Press.

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inRegister Magazine Celebrates Inspiring Women, including Dr. Prachi Singh of Pennington Biomedical

In a special profile section, inRegister magazine celebrated 20 local, inspiring women, including Dr. Prachi Singh, associate professor and director for Pennington Biomedical’s Sleep and Cardiometabolic Health.

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Small Shifts

Pennington Biomedical Encourages Small Shifts for Big Improvements in Health and Nutrition Throughout 2024

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is encouraging “Small Shifts” in the new year, including small shifts in food choices, exercise and daily routines. Through the variety of research studies undertaken by Pennington Biomedical scientists, a common refrain that has emerged from research results is that subtle, simple adjustments to personal habits and choices can build a foundation for lasting well-being.

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U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Diets: DASH Diet Again Ranked in Multiple Categories

With the new year, individuals across the globe are looking for healthy eating options as part of those New Year’s resolutions, and U.S. News & World Report’s annual release of its Best Diets rankings can assist people in making informed decisions about achieving their health goals.

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Pennington Biomedical Scientists Share Small Shifts You Can Make in the New Year

When the calendar flips to from December to January, many people set goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. A number of those resolutions involve nutrition, exercise and mental health. While drastic lifestyle changes can be overwhelming and difficult to maintain, research conducted at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center shows that subtle adjustments to habits and choices are easier to adopt, integrate into your life, and stick with over the long term. These small shifts can have a lasting effect on health and wellbeing.

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Year of Success

From National Recognitions to Scientific Discovery, Pennington Biomedical Celebrates a Year of Successes in 2023

Since its founding 35 years ago, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center has led the scientific community in achieving breakthrough research in nutrition, obesity and diabetes, and this year was no different. From its 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge, Pennington Biomedical is working on cutting-edge research to fight chronic disease, along with developing best practices and interventions for medical professionals to follow.

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December 2023 Publications

The following are recent publications by the researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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Postdoctoral Researcher Flori Corpodean Selected for Prestigious National Resident Research Award

Dr. Florina Corpodean, a postdoctoral researcher and surgical research fellow at Pennington Biomedical, was named as the 2024 Resident Research Award recipient by the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, or SSAT. Dr. Corpodean works in the Translational and Integrative Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Research laboratory, or TIGER lab, at Pennington Biomedical under the direction of Dr. Vance Albaugh.

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CinFina Pharma, a CinRx Portfolio Company, Introduces Scientific Advisory Board with Deep Metabolic Expertise

CinFina Pharma, a CinRx Portfolio Company, Introduces Scientific Advisory Board with Deep Metabolic Expertise

CinFina Pharma, CinRx Pharma’s portfolio company dedicated to expanding treatment options for obesity and metabolic diseases, today announced the scientific advisory board (SAB) members for the company’s multi-asset pipeline. The members of CinFina’s SAB include renowned metabolic and obesity academic researchers and expert clinicians.

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Poor Diet Quality During Adolescence is Linked to Serious Health Risks

Diet quality among adolescents in the United States is among the worst across all age groups, putting young people at risk for heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, among other cardiometabolic diseases later in life. The research brief shared in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, used the Healthy Eating Index-2015 and medical testing to assess a group of youth aged 10-16 years.

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