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Ozempic making people buy less food; 1 in 4 nurses want to quit; Being a vegetarian might be in your DNA - Morning Medical Update


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Ozempic making people buy less food

Walmart Inc. says food sales have dropped since Ozempic and other appetite suppressant medications have become available. Other companies such as the makers of Pringles and Cheez-Its are also studying buying trends. “We still expect food, consumables, and health and wellness primarily due to the popularity of some GLP-1 drugs to grow as a percent of total in the back half,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said on a call with analysts in August.

1 in 4 nurses want to quit

In a 2022 study of 335,000 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses, a quarter reported that they wanted to quit the profession. Burnout is largely to blame for these feelings. The latest result of these feelings is the Kaiser Permanente strike, which is the largest health care strike in United States history.

Being a vegetarian might be in your DNA

A study published this week found that there are four genes associated with how likely someone can live a vegetarian lifestyle. In the study, 5,000 strict vegetarians were compared to 30,000 less strict vegetarians who ate some form of animal flesh in the last year. Since plants and meat differ in lipid complexity, researchers hypothesize some people genetically need lipids offered by meat and vice versa. “In the future, we might have more personalized dietary recommendations based on genetic predispositions,” Dr. José Ordovás, director of nutrition and genomics and professor of nutrition and genetics at Tufts University in Massachusetts said in an interview. He was not involved in the study.

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