Obesity Drugs, Baseball Injuries and Other News of the Week

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Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss:

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Weight-loss drug risk

The Food and Drug Administration has delayed its decision to approve a new obesity drug. The medication, known as Contrave, would be the third weight-loss drug to reach the market in the past few years. Like the other two,  the drug is unlikely to put a dent in America’s obesity epidemic.  That’s partly because the drugs are only modestly effective. Patients and doctors also are haunted by an earlier generation of diet drugs that were pulled from the market because of sometimes-lethal side effects. Why Don’t Doctors Prescribe More Weight-Loss Drugs? (Businessweek.com).

Risky humerus

Major League Baseball is searching near and far for ways to stem the proliferation of pitching elbow injuries.  Gary Green, MLB medical director calls pitching injuries “our No. 1 research priority right now.” Two new studies have uncovered information that may help forecast and possibly prevent them. One of the studies finds that professional baseball pitchers with lower degrees of torsion in the humerus are at substantially higher risk of severe injury. Tommy John research MLB’s ‘No. 1 priority’ (USATODAY.com).

Extreme workouts

As extreme workouts continue to rise in popularity, medical professionals are engaged in an ongoing debate about whether they can be linked to serious medical conditions or injuries. You can minimize the risk associated with exercise with a few precautions. Medical professionals conflicted on potential risks of extreme workouts (cleveland.com).

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Entering the work force

Mikkael Sekeres, MD, shares his experience of the first day of his medical internship. He writes: “Eighteen years after my first day of internship, training programs have become much more humane limiting the number of consecutive hours interns and residents can work as they have recognized the deleterious cognitive consequences of sleep deprivation and instituting closer supervision so that trainees are not asked to practice medicine beyond their abilities. Medicine remains an apprenticeship, but one that better safeguards the health of its subjects.” Brace Yourself, Here Come The Doctors  (TheHuffingtonPost.com).


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