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Gastric bypass surgery provides better results than gastric banding

Gastric bypass surgery provides better results than gastric banding

Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels, according to a new review by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons of nearly 30 long-term studies comparing the two types of bariatric procedures. [More]
Australian researchers use hookworms to reduce symptoms of celiac disease

Australian researchers use hookworms to reduce symptoms of celiac disease

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. [More]
Major weight loss: A risk factor for wound complications in body contouring surgery

Major weight loss: A risk factor for wound complications in body contouring surgery

Patients who lost more than 100 pounds and those who shed weight through bariatric surgery had the highest risk of complications from later surgical procedures to reshape their leaner bodies, a new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows. [More]
Weight cycling linked to relapse-prone bipolar course

Weight cycling linked to relapse-prone bipolar course

Patients with bipolar disorder are more likely than healthy controls to have a history of weight cycling, which in turn is associated with an increased likelihood of manic and depressive episodes, researchers report. [More]
Weight loss possible for mentally ill patients

Weight loss possible for mentally ill patients

The STRIDE lifestyle intervention helps individuals taking antipsychotics to lose weight and improve their fasting glucose levels, study findings indicate. [More]
Inovio, GeneOne to advance DNA-based Ebola vaccine into phase I clinical trial

Inovio, GeneOne to advance DNA-based Ebola vaccine into phase I clinical trial

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced it will advance its DNA vaccine for Ebola into a phase I clinical trial in a collaboration with GeneOne Life Science Inc., an international DNA vaccine manufacturer in which Inovio holds a minority interest. [More]
Reducing insomnia can decrease inflammation, lower risk for chronic disease in older adults

Reducing insomnia can decrease inflammation, lower risk for chronic disease in older adults

Lack of sleep can make you sick. And while everybody has the occasional restless night, for those who suffer from chronic insomnia — some 15 percent of older adults in the United States — that sleep loss can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and even lead to an earlier death. [More]
Immune begins bertilimumab Phase II clinical trial for treatment of ulcerative colitis

Immune begins bertilimumab Phase II clinical trial for treatment of ulcerative colitis

Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. announces today that it has initiated the screening of patients for a Phase II proof of concept clinical trial exploring the safety and efficacy of bertilimumab in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC). [More]
Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

People with high fat mass could be at an increased risk of musculoskeletal pain, say researchers. [More]
UTMB researchers analyze whether monitors reflect practices used by health care providers

UTMB researchers analyze whether monitors reflect practices used by health care providers

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses. This information is organized into companion computer programs and mobile apps. [More]
Benefits of blood pressure lowering drugs for low risk patients 'still open to question'

Benefits of blood pressure lowering drugs for low risk patients 'still open to question'

Dr Stephen Martin and colleagues argue that this strategy is failing patients and wasting healthcare resources. They call for a re-examination of the threshold and urge clinicians to be cautious about treating low risk patients with blood pressure lowering drugs. [More]
GILZ protein key to preventing bone loss, researchers report

GILZ protein key to preventing bone loss, researchers report

A small protein named GILZ appears to protect against the bone loss that often accompanies arthritis and its treatment, researchers report. [More]
FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. jointly announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave® extended-release tablets as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition. [More]
Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about critical health issue

Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about critical health issue

African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. [More]
Smartphones may offer better advantage of tracking diet data

Smartphones may offer better advantage of tracking diet data

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. [More]
Regular participation in physical activity may help reduce weight and treat diabetes

Regular participation in physical activity may help reduce weight and treat diabetes

A study of exercise habits in people with diabetes finds that women with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are far more physically active than women with diabetes who are not trying to control their weight. [More]
Positive outlook and support from people help diabetes patients cope with psychosocial challenges

Positive outlook and support from people help diabetes patients cope with psychosocial challenges

A positive outlook and support from people around them help patients with diabetes cope with psychosocial challenges of the disease, according to an international study that included researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. [More]

Companies move to make adjustments in workers' health benefits

The Washington Post reports that, while few employers are likely to stop providing employee benefits, many will likely shift costs onto workers in the form of higher out-of-pocket expenses and reduced subsidies. [More]
Accreditation of bariatric surgery centers contributes to improved safety for patients

Accreditation of bariatric surgery centers contributes to improved safety for patients

Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation was taking place, according to new study findings. [More]
Scientists find epigenetic link between mother's diet and offspring's risk of future obesity

Scientists find epigenetic link between mother's diet and offspring's risk of future obesity

Many research studies have made it clear that a mother's eating habits prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and during lactation have a profound impact on her offspring and their propensity for developing weight problems, including obesity. [More]