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Bariatric surgery is an option for people who are severely obese and cannot lose weight by traditional means or who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems. The operation promotes weight loss and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by restricting food intake and, in some operations, interrupting the digestive process to prevent the absorption of some calories and nutrients.
Weight loss through lifestyle modifications, bariatric surgery can reduce features of NASH

Weight loss through lifestyle modifications, bariatric surgery can reduce features of NASH

Weight loss through both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery can significantly reduce features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease characterized by fat in the liver, according to two new studies published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. [More]
Southern Ocean Medical Center Auxiliaries pledge $2.5 million to support purchase of TrueBeam linear accelerator

Southern Ocean Medical Center Auxiliaries pledge $2.5 million to support purchase of TrueBeam linear accelerator

The Auxiliaries at Southern Ocean Medical Center recently announced their pledge to raise $2.5 million that will support the purchase of a TrueBeam linear accelerator, the most advanced radiation therapy technology, for the hospital. The announcement was made at Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation's Signature Social fundraising event on July 10 at Bonnet Island Estate. [More]
New Rush Center for Obesity and Bariatric Surgery opens

New Rush Center for Obesity and Bariatric Surgery opens

Being overweight or obese isn't a cosmetic problem. These conditions greatly raise your risk for other health problems including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers and other chronic issues. [More]
MGH investigators report that medication could augment benefits of bariatric surgery

MGH investigators report that medication could augment benefits of bariatric surgery

New findings about the mechanisms involved - or not involved - in the effects of the most common form of bariatric surgery suggest that combining surgery with a specific type of medication could augment the benefits of the procedure. In a report that has been published online in the journal Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that the effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) do not utilize neurologic pathways controlled by the serotonin 2C receptor. [More]
Penn study suggests future precision medicine approach to treating diabetes, other metabolic disorders

Penn study suggests future precision medicine approach to treating diabetes, other metabolic disorders

In the first study of its kind, Penn researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals. Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, Raymond Soccio, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, aim to apply this knowledge to develop personalized approaches to treating diabetes and other metabolic disorders. [More]
Bariatric surgery can significantly reduce urinary incontinence

Bariatric surgery can significantly reduce urinary incontinence

For severely obese people, bariatric surgery may have a benefit besides dramatic weight loss: it can also substantially reduce urinary incontinence. [More]
Kaiser Permanente study identifies barriers to prescribing potentially life-saving medication

Kaiser Permanente study identifies barriers to prescribing potentially life-saving medication

A variety of factors including questions about risk and reluctance to offend patients limits clinician willingness to prescribe a potentially life-saving medication that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose, according to a Kaiser Permanente Colorado study published today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. [More]
Bariatric surgery leads to greater intimacy between patients and their life partners

Bariatric surgery leads to greater intimacy between patients and their life partners

Bariatric surgery does not only benefit the health of patients who undergo this weight loss procedure. It also leads to greater intimacy between them and their life partners, and adds a spark to their sex life. It's all in all a shared journey that brings partners closer together, says Mary Lisa Pories of East Carolina University in the US, lead author of a study providing insights into the experience of couples after one of the partners underwent weight loss surgery. [More]
Plastic surgeries in the US surge due to increase in weight loss surgeries

Plastic surgeries in the US surge due to increase in weight loss surgeries

An increase in the number of weight loss surgeries in the U.S. is beginning to have a ripple effect in plastic surgery, according to new data released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Procedures specifically associated with massive weight loss, including tummy tucks, thigh lifts, breast lifts and upper arm lifts, grew at their fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the report. That follows a similar increase in the growth of weight loss surgeries. [More]
DDW 2015: Experts explore efficacy of Stretta therapy for treating chronic GERD patients

DDW 2015: Experts explore efficacy of Stretta therapy for treating chronic GERD patients

A special presentation at Digestive Disease Week 2015 featured GERD experts weighing in on their successful experience using Stretta therapy to treat challenging patient populations suffering from GERD. [More]
WHO report: Percentage of obese population set to rise in European nations

WHO report: Percentage of obese population set to rise in European nations

Although the dangers of obesity have become increasingly clear in recent years, new research from the World Health Organization suggests that the number of people who are obese around the world will only increase. The most recent report analyzed all of the European nations and concluded that the percentage of obese citizens is set to rise in nearly every country. [More]
UK's leading experts to discuss new ideas and controversies in obesity at Plymouth symposium

UK's leading experts to discuss new ideas and controversies in obesity at Plymouth symposium

No one health issue has the most impact on human health, or engenders more debate about how to tackle it, than obesity. [More]
Galmed reports net loss of $2.5 million for first quarter 2015

Galmed reports net loss of $2.5 million for first quarter 2015

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of a once-daily, oral therapy for the treatment of liver diseases, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. [More]
Study explores non-biological factors that may cause fewer men to seek bariatric surgery

Study explores non-biological factors that may cause fewer men to seek bariatric surgery

A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has identified demographic, socioeconomic and cultural factors that contribute to a major gender disparity among U.S. men and women undergoing weight loss surgeries. Men undergo the surgeries in far lower numbers than women. [More]
Special issue of Gastroenterology highlights how food impacts health and disease

Special issue of Gastroenterology highlights how food impacts health and disease

Patients are always interested in understanding what they should eat and how it will impact their health. Physicians are just as interested in advancing their understanding of the major health effects of foods and food-related diseases. [More]
Teen-LABS research study reveals musculoskeletal disease outcomes among obese adolescents

Teen-LABS research study reveals musculoskeletal disease outcomes among obese adolescents

Outcomes regarding musculoskeletal disease among severely obese adolescents participating in the "Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery" (Teen-LABS) study were published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. Teen-LABS is a multi-center clinical study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health that is examining the safety and health effects of surgical weight loss procedures. [More]
Shadowing helps clinicians achieve ideal patient care experiences

Shadowing helps clinicians achieve ideal patient care experiences

Patient-centered care is best achieved when the care team understands every moment of the patient and family experience in their journeys through a health care system - from parking in the hospital garage to being treated in the intensive care unit. This is the core value of a novel quality improvement program implemented at a leading U.S. medical center and presented today at the National Quality Summit, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. [More]
Miriam Hospital awarded BDC designation for bariatric surgery

Miriam Hospital awarded BDC designation for bariatric surgery

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has awarded The Miriam Hospital a Blue Distinction Center+ (BDC) designation for bariatric surgery. A designation by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program, BDCs are nationally designated health care facilities that deliver quality specialty care based on objective measures for patient safety and better health outcomes. [More]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS collaborate to improve quality of care for Michiganians

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS collaborate to improve quality of care for Michiganians

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System will collaborate with emergency physicians at participating hospitals across the state to develop best practices to improve the experience and outcomes of patients receiving care in emergency departments. [More]
Very little guidance exists for training surgeons on new procedures, technologies, say U-M Medical members

Very little guidance exists for training surgeons on new procedures, technologies, say U-M Medical members

For all the attention hospitals have paid to patient safety in the last decade, a big blind spot is making them - and their patients - vulnerable to harm, according to a new Viewpoint piece in JAMA by members of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. [More]
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