Semenkovich honored by American Diabetes Association

Clay F. Semenkovich, the Irene E. and Michael M. Karl Professor and director of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research at the School of Medicine, has received the Edwin Bierman Award from the American Diabetes Association.
Bettina Mittendorfer (left) measures Mary Akin's height to calculate her body mass index, which is a ratio of height to body weight. Akin has been part of a study aimed at helping women lose weight and determining the effects of a high-protein diet on weight loss. The research team found that those who ate a high-protein diet to lose weight didn't get the metabolic benefits seen in women who lost weight on a lower-protein diet. (Photo: Robert Boston/School of Medicine)

High-protein diet curbs metabolic benefits of weight loss

Dieters sometimes consume extra protein to stave off hunger and prevent loss of muscle tissue that often comes with weight loss. But a School of Medicine study found that eating too much protein eliminates an important health benefit of weight loss: improvement in insulin sensitivity, which is critical to lowering diabetes risk.
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Methadone provides pain relief for kids with sickle cell

Many children with sickle cell disease experience frequent and severe pain episodes, requiring emergency room visits or hospitalization. In search of more effective ways to treat such pain, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that adding a low dose of the drug methadone to standard treatment can limit pain experienced by children with the condition.
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