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ATLANTA (AP) — Next time you go for a checkup, don’t be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.
The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds.
Doctors should calculate your body mass index, a weight-to-height ratio. And if you need to lose weight, they should come up with a plan and send you for counseling.
“We recognize that telling patients to lose weight is not enough,” said Dr. Donna Ryan, co-chair of the guidelines committee.
The good news? By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments, following in the steps of the Medicare program, which began paying for one-on-one help last year.
More than a third of U.S. adults are obese, and that’s been the case since the middle of the last decade. Officials define someone with a BMI of 30 or higher as obese. A 5-foot-9 person would be obese at 203 pounds.
Doctors are well aware that excess weight can trigger diabetes and lead to heart disease and other health problems. Yet surveys have shown that only about a third of obese patients recall their doctor talking to them about their BMI or counseling them about weight loss.
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The guidelines were released this week by a group of medical organizations that include the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Obesity Society.
They come amid a spate of important developments in the fight against obesity.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved two more obesity-fighting drugs. And this year, the AMA labeled obesity a disease, a measure intended to get doctors to pay more attention to the problem and prod more insurers to pay for treatments.
Yet many people have been on their own when it comes to slimming down, left to sift through the myriad diets and exercise schemes that are promoted for weight loss. And most doctors have little training in how to help their obese patients, other than telling them it’s a problem and they need to do something about it.
“I feel for these guys,” said Dr. Tim Church, a researcher at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “They have patients who come in and ask them about the latest fad diet. They’re not trained in this stuff and they’re not comfortable” recommending particular diets or weight-loss plans.
The guidelines advise doctors to:
In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Diane LeBlanc, 50, poses for a photograph her office in Baton Rouge, La …
— At least once year, calculate patients’ BMI, measure their waists and tell them if they are overweight or obese.
— Develop a weight-loss plan that includes exercise and moderate calorie-cutting.
— Consider recommending weight-loss surgery for patients with a BMI of 40 or for those with a BMI of 35 who also have two other risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
— Refer overweight and obese patients who are headed for heart problems to weight-loss programs. Specifically, discuss enrolling them in at least 14 face-to-face counseling sessions over six months with a registered dietitian, psychologist or other professional with training in weight management.
Web or phone-based counseling sessions are considered a less effective option.
Diane LeBlanc said the new guidelines are overdue.
More than year ago, the Baton Rouge, La., woman sat down with her longtime family doctor to talk about her weight and get a referral for some kind of help. She had tried dieting without success for more than a decade, had high blood pressure and was about to hit a dress size of 20.
She said the doctor smiled and told her: “There’s a lot of programs out there. But really, you just have to eat less.”
“It just devastated me,” LeBlanc recalled. “He was saying, ‘It’s all in your mind.’ I was thinking, ‘If I could do that, don’t you think I would have done it by now?’”
She changed doctors and has lost 40 pounds from her 5-foot-4 frame since May after getting into an intensive Pennington weight-loss program that includes counseling sessions.
Doctors “need to get the message,” ”LeBlanc said. “Just telling someone you need to push the plate away is not going to work for everyone.”
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On Thursday, President Obama conducted the “Springtime for Hitler” of press conferences. He came out at noon and proceeded to blather his way through an hour of self-justifications and evasions and apologies and complaints.
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Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn are objecting to the U.S. government’s decision to provide them only a redacted version of its response to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to a request by the companies that they be allowed to publish information on users’ data requests from the government.
The companies said in a filing in the court Tuesday that they have been provided only a “heavily redacted version” of the government’s submissions, which included its response and a supporting declaration, and all requests for greater access have been rejected.
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The secrecy surrounding the government’s response comes even as legislators and privacy groups are asking for greater transparency after former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, disclosed that the government was engaged in bulk collection of phone data and had access to emails and other content on servers of the Internet companies.
The Internet companies have denied such an arrangement with the NSA and see the petition before the FISC as a way to convince users that they are not sharing data in bulk with the government. The companies have asked the court for permission to publish aggregate data about any orders or directives that they may have received under FISA or the FISA Amendment Act.
In a Sept. 30 filing, the U.S. Department of Justice opposed the requests by the tech companies to publish the number of surveillance requests they receive. “Releasing information that could induce adversaries to shift communications platforms in order to avoid surveillance would cause serious harm to the national security interests of the United States,” DOJ lawyers wrote in the redacted brief.
The government’s decision to withhold information in its response of Sept. 30 is unjustified and unconstitutional, the companies wrote in the filing. The government’s response was to provide the reason why it seeks to keep the number of FISC orders or FAA directives secret, and the government has not argued that sharing “those reasons with the providers or their counsel would endanger national security,” the companies wrote in the Tuesday filing.
As the pages devoted to the government’s reasoning for refusal are “almost entirely redacted” in the Sept. 30 filing, the companies said they have no way to respond to the government.
The companies said that they have repeatedly talked with the government to get access to the unredacted version of the government’s filings, and suggested workarounds such as allowing the review of the unredacted response by counsels who already have “top secret” clearances or under non-disclosure agreements.
The companies have asked the court to strike the redacted parts of the Sept. 30 filing, unless the government provides access to them to its lawyers.
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What Microsoft puts in its upcoming touch-based Office suite will be a huge test for the company, analysts said.
“There’s really nothing out there in the mobile world that provides anything near the power of Office on the desktop,” said Ross Rubin of Reticle Research in an interview last week. “It will be a massive challenge to preserve even the majority of that functionality.”
Microsoft has said it will release touch-enabled versions of the primary applications in Office—Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word—but has provided no clues of what that suite will be like. Nor has it disclosed a timetable for the touch-based suite, although rumors have pegged a ship date in the first half of 2014.
“We are working on touch-first versions for our core apps in the Office suite, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and we will bring these apps to Windows devices, and also to other devices … at a proper timetable,” is the most that company executive Qi Lu, who leads the Applications and Services Group, has said publicly.
CEO Steve Ballmer, who will retire after the company appoints a new chief executive, has promised that the touch Office will come first to Windows 8.1 and only later to other platforms, including Apple’s iPad.
The timing may be secret, but the chore Microsoft has in front of it is not: It’s massive, as Rubin asserted.
Deciding what stays and what goes will be crucial to how customers perceive the touch Office, whether as a replacement, more or less, for the powerhouse desktop applications that are familiar to millions; as companion to the desktop; or as fit only for casual use and users.
“It will be challenging to translate much of the advanced functionality of Microsoft Office into touch apps,” said Al Hilwa of IDC, echoing Rubin. “I think most of the focus is going to be on light editing such as might be done on a tablet, versus playing around with Excel filters or pivot tables, for example.”
Mobile apps, like those envisioned for Office on tablets—including Microsoft’s own Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2—typically boast a scaled-down feature set compared to desktop counterparts. Microsoft will either have to ditch swaths of features or devise a user interface (UI) that can hide most functionality at first glance, but still give users a way to find tools when they’re needed.
The Office “Ribbon” UI—which debuted with Office 2007 to some disgruntlement—may be one way the touch apps can mask complexity. “But the change to the ribbon [in Office 2007] is pretty small potatoes to what a mobile Office will have to accomplish,” Rubin warned.
Analysts don’t doubt Microsoft’s development acumen, but they wonder what choices the company will make, and how that will translate into customer reception. The latter is important because Office is important, not only to businesses worldwide, but also to Microsoft’s bottom line.
A stripped-down touch Office—Hilwa’s bet—would be impossible to sell at the same price point as the full-fledged desktop version, even if there wasn’t enormous downward pricing pressure in mobile overall. Paid mobile apps seem to be fading, largely replaced by the “freemium” model, where the app is free and developers earn revenue from in-app purchases for additional features or tools.
So far, Microsoft has tied Office on non-Windows platforms—the versions it launched last summer for Android and iOS—to its Office 365 subscription plans, which start at $100 yearly for consumers, and $150 to $264 per user per year for businesses. Its strategy is to push Office 365 adoption by dangling the carrot of Office on mobile devices.
But Rubin saw the Office 365 linkage as an artificial check on sales potential, and believed Microsoft would sell touch Office differently.
“I think, eventually, Microsoft will have to release native [Office] software,” said Rubin, meaning minus the Office 365 connection. “Maybe they’d even release a free, or very low price app … then offer in-app purchases for additional functionality.” Rubin pegged the maximum price at $60, less than half that of the entry-level SKU, Office Home & Student 2013, not much more than half a year of Office 365 Home Premium, the consumer-grade plan. But he wondered if even that was too high.
Another analyst wasn’t as sure. “Microsoft will invest in those who want to pay real money for the features available in Office,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates, “and point everyone else to online versions.”
Microsoft currently offers Web-based versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint free of charge, and uses them as the foundation for its lowest-priced Office 365 plans ($4 to $8 per user per month), which also feature hosted email and other Internet services.
A touch Office faces competition from two of Microsoft’s biggest rivals, Apple and Google, which each now offer substitutes—iWork and Quickoffice, respectively—free of charge to either new device buyers (Apple) or everyone running Android and iOS (Google). While those free alternatives cannot compete with the current desktop Office, they may be competitive with a feature-limited touch-based Office, backing Microsoft into a monetizing corner.
There’s a lot at stake. Office generates billions in revenue for Microsoft each quarter—$6 billion in the most recent, or 32 subscription of total company revenue—and with the serious slump in PC sales and the concurrent climb in tablets, a touch-enabled Office will be increasingly important to Microsoft’s future.
“[Google's latest move with Quickoffice] is an example of the price Microsoft has paid by not having a touch-based Office,” said Rubin, referring to Google’s move last week to include Quickoffice with “KitKat,” aka Android 4.4. “Not having a touch-optimized Office detracts from the experience [of Windows on tablets].
“But there’s great potential upside for Microsoft as well,” Rubin continued. “If they can turn Office with touch on Windows into a powerful productivity suite, then having [that] could be a huge advantage. It all depends on how Microsoft executes.”
Twitter must have taken a few lessons from Facebook on how to launch its IPO this morning. TWTR’s value on the New York Stock Exchange has nearly doubled as of this writing, jumping from the initial $26 price to $46 — two bucks shy of its social networking rival. The day is still young, so early investors won’t want to plan their retirement funds just yet. However, the rush is good news for a company that’s constantly searching for new sources of revenue, especially when there may be patent royalty payments in its future.
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