Tag: Obesity


UoH and NIN scientists study obesity-linked kidney ailment

Obesity is a pandemic and a disease of the modern world. People with obesity suffer from several complications, including kidney injury, which is manifested by ‘proteinuria’. It is elevated protein in the urine which could be a sign of kidney disease. The prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide at an alarming rate along with the incidence of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Obesity is also the most potent risk factor for developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) though precise mechanisms underlying the association between obesity and CKD remain unexplored. Now, research led by UoH associate professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences Anil Kumar Pasupulati and ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) scientist G. Bhanuprakash Reddy has investigated the path...

‘This is a mass experiment… and I am one of the guinea pigs,’ says Johann Hari, author of Magic Pill

Johann Hari | Photo Credit: Special arrangement Did you take Ozempic?” entertainer Barbra Streisand asked actor Melissa McCarthy, on an Instagram post, now deleted, revealing two things about the world we live in (besides her boomer self still figuring out the tiresome everyone-sees-everything nature of social media). Her comment, in late April, revealed that a) irrespective of body-positive movements “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” as model Kate Moss said once, and that b) Ozempic, a drug used to treat diabetes for 18 years, is now being prescribed for weight loss. Several celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk, have spoken about taking meds to lose weight (not just Ozempic). An Ozempic billboard in Toronto. | Photo Credit: Getty Images It is in this context, and ...