Health

Family meals remain important through teen years, expert says

As children become teenagers, it may be more challenging to regularly include them in family meals, but doing so is key to heading off such problems as eating disorders, obesity, and inadequate nutrition in adolescence, said ...

Medications

FDA declines to approve Orexigen diet drug

(AP) -- Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. shares plunged nearly 75 percent in pre-market trading Tuesday after U.S. health officials declined to approve the experimental weight loss pill Contrave.

Other

Panel recommends expanding use of stomach bands

(AP) -- About 12 million more obese Americans could soon qualify for surgery to implant a small, flexible stomach band designed to help them lose weight by dramatically limiting their food intake. The Food and Drug Administration ...

Medications

Abbott withdraws diet pill in US, Canada

(AP) -- Abbott Laboratories said Friday it will withdraw its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, almost a year after studies showed the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history ...

Medications

Diet drugs face tough test before FDA

There has never been a magic prescription to help millions of obese Americans lose weight. Whether one is any closer to reality is now under scrutiny.

Medications

Journal editors question sale of diet pill Meridia

(AP) -- Editors of a top medical journal are questioning whether the diet pill Meridia should stay on the market even if it's restricted to people without heart disease.

Medications

Experimental diet pill shows promise, little risk

(AP) -- An experimental diet pill helped about half the people who tried it lose some weight and keep it off a year later, without the heart problems that some earlier drugs caused, a study found.

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