Sugar In Our Diets: Problems and Solutions Around Unhealthy Eating Practices for Children

Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host, Neal Howard. Glad that you could join us on the program today. Our guests are Dr. Johanna Contreras, Cardiologist and Volunteer with the American Heart Association and she’s joined by Akil Patterson, Deputy Director – Sugar-Free Kids of Maryland and we’re here to talk about […]

Warming up your fat: Understanding energy expenditure to combat obesity

The energy fuel we use for our living needs comes from what we eat. Our brain, through specific nerve cells, decides whether to use it or just keep it for future needs. This is a process called energy balance where energy intake and energy expenditure are opposite factors. A disruption in this equation is the […]

Why Do We Itch?

The American poet Ogden Nash said, “Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.” But while scratching can feel pretty good, we all know what happens next. When considering scratching an itch, it may be better to follow the old Yiddish proverb: “A quarrel is like an itch; the more you scratch, the more it […]

Vitamin A-like drugs as new treatments for obesity and type-2 diabetes

My team studies the complex connections between type 2 diabetes and obesity. We are investigating a group of molecules that are related to vitamin A because they can affect the levels of body fat and blood glucose. We have discovered that a vitamin A-like drug called Fenretinide can reduce the levels of obesity and type […]