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Dr. John Kirwan Selected for National Committee on Reducing Diet-Related Chronic Disease

The Texas A&M Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture (IHA) and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Center on Global Food and Agriculture (Chicago Council) announced members for the three committees that will work with The Responsive Agriculture Task Force to develop a national roadmap for responsive agriculture solutions, and Pennington Biomedical Executive Director Dr. John Kirwan will serve on the Committee on Reducing Diet-Related Chronic Disease.

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NIH Grant to Fund Network of Data Warehouses for Baton Rouge Health Research Institutions

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science Center, or LA CaTS, a grant of nearly $1.3 million to support the efforts of in-state healthcare institutions to share health data for research purposes across a common structure.

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Experts Available to Speak on Childhood Obesity Research Efforts and Programs

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in the United States, as recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of researching treatments for obesity, diabetes and other obesity-related chronic diseases, and that is especially true for the work being done to combat childhood obesity.

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Healthy Adults Needed for Study on How Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss Affect Aging

Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help people lose weight and may be easier to follow than counting calories to lose weight, such as traditional calorie restriction. Exciting new research in animals suggests that intermittent fasting slows aging and helps animals live longer.

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TOS Recognizes National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September

New guidelines for the treatment of childhood obesity published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2023 assert early identification and management are critical to addressing the disease. Moreover, the guidelines endorse the significant advances in evidence-based approaches, including intensive lifestyle modifications, anti-obesity medications, and metabolic and bariatric surgery.

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August 2023 Publications

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

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Gestational Weight Gain Increased in Louisiana During the Pandemic

Louisiana women who gave birth during the COVID-19 pandemic were 3 to 7 percent more likely to exceed the recommended weight gain levels than those who gave birth prior to the pandemic. Research from Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge showed that instances of non-optimal gestational weight gain, or GWG, were seen in more than 45 percent of pregnant women during the peak of the pandemic, whereas only 42 percent experienced non-optimal gain in the year preceding the pandemic.

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Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation to Kick Off Annual Fund for Excellence with “A Taste of Pennington Biomedical” on Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation will officially kick off its Annual Fund for Excellence. To celebrate the beginning of this year’s annual fund campaign, the foundation is hosting “A Taste of Pennington Biomedical,” an event offering an “inside look” at what makes the Pennington Biomedical Research Center so special.

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Pennington Biomedical Research Scores August Cover of Diabetes Magazine

A recent study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center has earned the front cover of Diabetes, a leading journal for metabolic research, treatment, and prevention. Labeled “The Paper of the Month,” the study, “GDF15 Mediates the Effect of Skeletal Muscle Contraction on Glucose-Stimulated Insulin Secretion,” identified a new connection between exercise and improved management of type 2 diabetes.

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Louisiana Obesity Society

Louisiana Obesity Society Holds Inaugural Conference in New Orleans

The Louisiana Obesity Society hosted its inaugural conference, in conjunction with the Louisiana Chapter of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, on Aug. 12 in New Orleans. Physicians, psychologists, advanced practice providers, dietitians, and others committed to treating and preventing obesity in Louisiana came together to formally launch the Louisiana Obesity Society and participate in the conference.

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