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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.
Teen-LABS study explores safety, health effects of surgical weight loss procedures

Teen-LABS study explores safety, health effects of surgical weight loss procedures

Cardiovascular risks of severe pediatric obesity, assessed among 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]
Experts question value of current obesity treatments

Experts question value of current obesity treatments

Many people with obesity can lose weight for a few months, but 80%–95% regain their lost weight eventually. One explanation for this limited long-term success is that reducing caloric intake triggers several biological systems that drive us to eat high-calorie foods and gain weight. [More]
Readmissions after surgery associated with new postdischarge complications, shows study

Readmissions after surgery associated with new postdischarge complications, shows study

In a study that included readmission information from nearly 350 hospitals, readmissions the first 30 days after surgery were associated with new postdischarge complications related to the surgical procedure and not a worsening of any medical conditions the patient already had while hospitalized for surgery, according to a study in the February 3 issue of JAMA. [More]
Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic and Virginia Hospital Center today announced Virginia Hospital Center as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. Members of the network have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to give their patients additional peace of mind when making health care decisions while continuing to offer the highest quality and value of care close to home. [More]
Update: Bariatric surgery can improve obesity-related health problems in children, adolescents

Update: Bariatric surgery can improve obesity-related health problems in children, adolescents

Bariatric surgery--as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed--can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents, according to a position paper in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. [More]

Obese patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery have better long-term survival rates

Obese patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery have significantly better long-term survival rates than obese patients who do not receive the surgery, according to a University of Virginia Health System study. [More]
Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

A study from Northwestern Medicine and the American College of Surgeons published today in JAMA suggests that penalizing hospitals for patient readmissions following surgery may be ineffective, and even counterproductive, for improving the quality of hospital care in America. [More]
UC study reveals that bariatric surgery may cut life expectancy for super obese patients with diabetes

UC study reveals that bariatric surgery may cut life expectancy for super obese patients with diabetes

Bariatric surgery improves life expectancy for many obese diabetic patients, but it may cut life expectancy for patients who are super obese with very high body mass indexes, according to a University of Cincinnati researcher. [More]
TOS announces FDA approval of new prescription drug for treating binge eating disorder

TOS announces FDA approval of new prescription drug for treating binge eating disorder

The United States Food and Drug Administration recently approved lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, under the brand name Vyvanse, to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) in adults, a first of its kind prescription drug specifically indicated for BED. [More]
Researchers outline new approach to facelift surgery in patients with massive weight loss

Researchers outline new approach to facelift surgery in patients with massive weight loss

Patients undergoing bariatric surgery for severe obesity are often left with excess, sagging skin affecting all areas of the body--including the face. [More]
Jersey Shore University Medical Center offers robotic-assisted laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Jersey Shore University Medical Center offers robotic-assisted laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

For many people, losing weight is a personal and ongoing battle. At the Center for Weight-Loss Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, new options are available for those making the life changing decision to lose weight, including minimally invasive techniques such as robotic-assisted laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. [More]
OCC partners commend EU decision that supports disability protections for obesity

OCC partners commend EU decision that supports disability protections for obesity

In a joint position statement, Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) partners agree with the premise behind a recent European Court of Justice ruling supporting disability protections for obesity under certain circumstances and call for these protections to be enacted in the United States. [More]
Nine out of ten surgeons believe advanced surgical energy devices could revolutionise surgery in the future

Nine out of ten surgeons believe advanced surgical energy devices could revolutionise surgery in the future

New survey results1 launched by Olympus Medical showed that nine out of ten (88%) surgeons surveyed believe advanced surgical energy devices such as THUNDERBEATTM could revolutionise the way surgery is performed in the future1, resulting in cost savings for the NHS. [More]
Combating pre-pregnancy obesity helps both mother and child

Combating pre-pregnancy obesity helps both mother and child

Before a woman gets pregnant it is very common for her to plan and prepare for her child's arrival to ensure that the baby will benefit from the healthiest, most comfortable life possible. Sometimes, these preparations may be financial or they may involve taking such important healthcare steps as quitting smoking. Now, according to data from the Swedish Medical Birth Register, one of the best things that a mother can do for the health of her child is to ensure that she is at a healthy weight. [More]
St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the second consecutive year St. Mary's has received this award, which recognizes St. Mary's as among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. [More]
Bariatric surgery can improve obesity-related health problems in children, adolescents

Bariatric surgery can improve obesity-related health problems in children, adolescents

Bariatric surgery--as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed--can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents, according to a position paper in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. [More]
Endocrine Society issues guideline on prescribing drugs to manage obesity, promote weight loss

Endocrine Society issues guideline on prescribing drugs to manage obesity, promote weight loss

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for prescribing drugs to manage obesity and promote weight loss. [More]
Researchers report that weight-reducing bariatric surgery fuels job discrimination

Researchers report that weight-reducing bariatric surgery fuels job discrimination

People say that they would be more likely to hire someone who has lost weight through exercise and dieting than through surgery. This is just one of the stigmas faced by obese people who undergo weight-reducing bariatric surgery, reports Robert Carels of East Carolina University in the US and his team of researchers. [More]
Negative health effects of severe obesity

Negative health effects of severe obesity

The negative health effects of severe obesity are very well known and have been thoroughly documented, yet obesity levels in the United States continue to remain stubbornly high. Many of these repercussions are life threatening and include heart attack, stroke, and a greatly increased chance of developing cancer. [More]
Weight-loss surgery may reduce lower urinary tract symptoms

Weight-loss surgery may reduce lower urinary tract symptoms

Metabolic syndrome is linked with an increased frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but weight loss surgery may lessen these symptoms. The findings, which come from two studies published in BJU International, indicate that urinary problems may be added to the list of issues that can improve with efforts that address altered metabolism. [More]