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Bile acids could be a new target for treating obesity and diabetes, say researchers

Bile acids could be a new target for treating obesity and diabetes, say researchers

Bariatric surgery has positive effects not only on weight loss but also on diabetes and heart disease. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy and University of Cincinnati have shown that the health benefits are not caused by a reduction in the stomach size but by increased levels of bile acids in the blood. [More]
Bariatric surgery more effective than intensive medical therapy for managing type 2 diabetes

Bariatric surgery more effective than intensive medical therapy for managing type 2 diabetes

​Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy - two of the most commonly used bariatric surgeries - are more effective than intensive medical therapy alone when it comes to managing uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in overweight or obese patients after three years, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Bariatric surgery patients report better quality of life

Bariatric surgery patients report better quality of life

A study by Cleveland Clinic researchers shows bariatric surgery is a highly effective and durable treatment for type 2 diabetes in obese patients, enabling nearly all surgical patients to be free of insulin and many to be free of all diabetic medications three years after surgery. [More]
Gastric bypass better than gastrectomy for GERD relief

Gastric bypass better than gastrectomy for GERD relief

Patients who are about to undergo bariatric surgery may be better off having a gastric bypass than a sleeve gastrectomy if they also suffer from heartburn, results of a large US analysis suggest. [More]
Patients undergone bariatric surgery may need to pay closer attention to nutritional intake

Patients undergone bariatric surgery may need to pay closer attention to nutritional intake

Patients who have had bariatric surgery may need to take dietary supplements and pay closer attention to their nutritional intake, a UT Southwestern Medical Center study suggests. [More]
Beverly Hills Physicians offer free informational seminars to adults interested in surgical weight loss

Beverly Hills Physicians offer free informational seminars to adults interested in surgical weight loss

Many of the patients seen by the board-certified bariatric surgeons at Beverly Hills Physicians come to an initial consultation feeling as though they've reached the end of their rope trying to lose weight. [More]
Bariatric surgeon educates patients about bariatric surgeries to achieve healthy weight

Bariatric surgeon educates patients about bariatric surgeries to achieve healthy weight

While many Americans make New Year's resolutions focused on self-improvement, those who are overweight or obese likely prioritize getting down to a healthy weight. [More]
Gastric bypass and cardiovascular disease risk: an interview with Dr. Brethauer, Cleveland Clinic

Gastric bypass and cardiovascular disease risk: an interview with Dr. Brethauer, Cleveland Clinic

Gastric bypass surgery is a type of bariatric operation that results in weight loss and stimulates metabolic effects that treat diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension. [More]

Obesity is an expensive problem, says bariatric surgeon

As a preeminent expert in the field of obesity surgery, board-certified bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S, has personally seen the physical, emotional and financial toll that obesity takes on his patients. [More]
Novartis to present updates on broad cancer portfolio at ASH and SABCS symposiums

Novartis to present updates on broad cancer portfolio at ASH and SABCS symposiums

Novartis will present updates on its broad cancer portfolio with more than 240 abstracts at the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting and CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). [More]
Bariatric surgery can potentially reverse type 2 diabetes

Bariatric surgery can potentially reverse type 2 diabetes

Although obesity is a notoriously difficult disease to treat conservatively, there is hope. Board-certified bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, MD, FACS recommends weight loss surgery as a solution for morbidly obese adults who want to get healthy once and for all. [More]
BMI or measure of obesity does not play significant role in weight loss operation, says study

BMI or measure of obesity does not play significant role in weight loss operation, says study

​A new study investigating why obese patients choose one type of weight loss operation over another reveals that the main factors influencing decision making are whether patients have type 2 diabetes, how much weight they want to lose, and their tolerance for surgical risk to achieve their ideal weight. [More]

Study focusing on safety of adolescent bariatric surgery published in JAMA Pediatrics

Initial results of a first and largest of its kind study focusing on the safety of adolescent bariatric surgery were published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. The "Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery" study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is being conducted at five sites in the U.S., including Nationwide Children's Hospital. [More]

Weight loss surgery: The most effective weapon for obese people in the battle against diabetes

Noted bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., believes that there's no time like American Diabetes Month to point out that weight loss surgery is the most effective weapon obese people have in the battle against diabetes. [More]

Researchers report short-term complications for obese teens undergoing bariatric surgery

In the largest in-depth scientific study of its kind on the safety of teen weight-loss surgery, researchers report few short-term complications for adolescents with severe obesity undergoing bariatric surgery. [More]

Most severely obese teenagers who underwent bariatric WLS experience no major complications

Most severely obese teenagers who underwent bariatric weight-loss surgery (WLS) experienced no major complications, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. [More]

UCSD surgeons perform first robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer treatment

Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have performed the region's first robotic gastrectomy, a potentially lifesaving procedure to remove a section of the stomach after a diagnosis of gastric cancer. Aided by a da Vinci robot, surgeons remove the diseased tissue, perform a delicate reconstruction and remove local lymph nodes for further testing. [More]

Surgeons evaluate combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from rectum

Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new, combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from the rectum. The hybrid technique uses the body's natural opening to remove malignancies and diseased tissue while also performing reconstruction. [More]
Publication of death rates: an interview with Dr Kate Walker, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Publication of death rates: an interview with Dr Kate Walker, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The death rates of individual heart surgeons have been published in England and several US states for some years. A high profile investigation into high death rates at a certain cardiac centre motivated this in England. For other surgery types, death rates have been reported only at the hospital or trust level. NHS England’s “Everyone Counts” policy, introduced this Summer, means that outcomes of ten types of surgery will be reported at the individual surgeon level. [More]

Bariatric procedures can lead to rapid, safe and permanent weight loss in obese patients

A recent article from CBS News reports on a U.S. government study that found the amount of time a person has been obese can play a significant role in how high their risk of heart disease may be. [More]