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Minimally invasive surgery and its impact on 30‐day postoperative complications, unplanned readmissions and mortality.
Source — BJS
A critical appraisal of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is needed, but is lacking. This study examined the associations between MIS and 30‐day postoperative outcomes including complications graded according to the Clavien–Dindo classification, unplanned readmissions, hospital stay and mortality for five common surgical procedures.
Source — NEJM
Obesity causes frailty in older adults; however, weight loss might accelerate age-related loss of muscle and bone mass and resultant sarcopenia and osteopenia.
Source — JAMA
Importance Health care professionals commonly recommend increased water consumption, typically to 8 cups per day, as part of a weight-reducing diet. However, this recommendation is based on limited evidence and virtually no experimental data from the pediatric population.
Effect of Alternate-Day Fasting on Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Cardioprotection Among Metabolically Healthy Obese Adults
Source — JAMA
Importance Alternate-day fasting has become increasingly popular, yet, to date, no long-term randomized clinical trials have evaluated its efficacy.
Source — JAMA
Importance Umbilical hernia repair is one of the most commonly performed general surgical procedures. However, there is little consensus about the factors that lead to umbilical hernia recurrence.
Importance: The variability and durability of improvements in pain and physical function following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) are not well described.
Since the end of the Civil War until the late 20th century, lifespan increased rapidly in the United States, a tremendous public health triumph brought about by a more dependable food supply, improved sanitation, and advances in medical care. In 1850, life expectancy among whites was an estimated 38 years for men and 40 years for women.
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8 of the Biggest Loser, but gained the weight back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.
Almost everyone who has ever dieted knows how hard it is to keep the weight off. And almost everyone, including many scientists, has wondered what works.
In recent news, a California judge ruled that Kaiser Foundation cannot routinely deny coverage for skin excess procedures by classifying them as cosmetic in nature. The class action lawsuit, started by Wendy Gallimore of Alameda County in 2012, argued that Kaiser violated California law by refusing to cover procedures designed to remove excessive skin after surgical weight loss. The lawsuit and updates are in the Kaiser Plastic Surgery Class Action Lawsuit (Updated) article.