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  • Surgery for Diabetes May Be Better Than Standard Treatment

    Source: The New York Times

    Two studies have found that weight-loss operations worked much better than the standard therapies for Type 2 diabetes in obese and overweight people whose blood sugar was out of control. Those who had surgery, which stapled the stomach and rerouted the small intestine, were much more likely to have a complete remission of diabetes, or to need less medicine, than people who were given the typical regimen of drugs, diet and exercise.

    The surgery also helped many to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol.

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  • Manitoba man’s life changed by weight-loss surgery

    Source: CBCnews

    A Manitoba man says his life has been transformed since he underwent a weight-loss surgical procedure that he paid for himself, as he did not qualify for a provincial pilot program.

    Keith Doerksen of Morden, Man., says he has lost about 150 pounds since he underwent vertical sleeve gastrectomy in January 2011.

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  • Obesity and pain linked, study of one million Americans shows

    Source: Science Daily

    A clear association between obesity and pain — with higher rates of pain identified in the heaviest individuals — was found in a study of more than one million Americans published January 19 in the online edition of Obesity. In “Obesity and Pain Are Associated in the United States,” Stony Brook University researchers Arthur A. Stone, PhD., and Joan E. Broderick, Ph.D. report this finding based on their analysis of 1,010,762 respondents surveyed via telephone interview by the Gallop Organization between 2008 and 2010

    .”We wanted to explore this relationship further by checking to see if it was due to painful diseases that cause reduced activity, which in turn causes increased weight,” says Joan E. Broderick, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and School of Public Health at Stony Brook University, and lead investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study on how arthritis patients manage their own pain.

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  • Is Economy Class Air Travel Linked To Blood Clot Risk?

    SourceMedical News Today

    “Economy Class Syndrome” is a myth, your risk of developing a blood clot during a long-distance economy trip by plane is not higher than in first class, researchers report in an article published in Chest. The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has issued new evidence-based guidelines which address some of the risk factors linked to DVT (deep vein thrombosis) – it says that there is no compelling evidence linking economy class air travel to the development of DVT.

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  • CDC: Bread beats out chips as biggest salt source

    SourceUSA Today

    Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips.

    That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • A Gut Check for Many Ailments

    SourceThe Wall Streeet Journal

    What you think is going on in your head may be caused in part by what’s happening in your gut.

    A growing body of research shows the gut affects bodily functions far beyond digestion. Studies have shown intriguing links from the gut’s health to bone formation, learning and memory and even conditions including Parkinson’s disease. Recent research found disruptions to the stomach or intestinal bacteria can prompt depression and anxiety—at least in lab rats.

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  • Weight Loss: Is Bypass Better Than Banding?

    SourceWebMD

    Gastric banding doesn’t work as well as bypass surgery, according to a new study in the journal Archives of Surgery. More than 200000 weight loss surgeries are performed annually in the US and more people are choosing banding procedures …

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  • Weight loss surgery doubles in past decade

    SourceKMOV.com

    Please take a moment to review the available e-mail newsletters has to offer. Place a checkbox next to the newsletters you wish to subscribe to. Thank you for becoming a member of KMOV.com. You now have full access to the best local coverage and late …

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  • ASMBS updates position statement on sleeve gastrectomy

    SourceWlshelp Weight Loss Surgery News

    The American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently issued an Updated Position Statement on Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure.

    The ASMBS statement highlights the “substantial comparative and long-term data now published in the peer-reviewed literature demonstrating durable weight loss, improved medical comorbidities, long-term patient satisfaction, and improved quality of life after SG (Sleeve Gastrectomy).”

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  • Bariatric Surgery Safety and Outcomes in Extremely Obese Patients

    SourceWlshelp Weight Loss Surgery News

    A recently published study highlights the safety and feasibility of laparoscopic bariatric surgery on extremely obese patients as well as the outcomes of different surgical approaches.

    Although it would seem that the most likely candidates for bariatric surgery are those with the most weight to lose, they often do not qualify for bariatric surgery. Surgery of any type, including bariatric surgery, is generally associated with greater surgical risks in patients with a very high body mass index (BMI), due to technical difficulties and severe weight related comorbidities.

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