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Bariatric Surgery Does Not Lower Costs of Health Care

Bariatric Surgery Does Not Lower Costs of Health Care

Bariatric surgery is not found to be associated with a reduction in long term health care costs, reveal a study published in JAMA surgery which analyzed a large sample of insurance claims data. Bariatric surgery is a treatment carried out for weight loss in individuals who are morbidly obese. ... Read More


Minimally Invasive Bariatric Techniques Found Cheaper and Safer than Open Surgery

Minimally Invasive Bariatric Techniques Found Cheaper and Safer than Open Surgery

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures are safer and cheaper than open surgery procedures, according to research published in the journal Archives of Surgery. Open surgery involves making a large abdominal incision. The authors claim that this is the first study to compare minimally ... Read More


Weight Loss Surgery May Treat Liver Disease

Weight Loss Surgery May Treat Liver Disease

A harmful liver condition that is often a result of obesity appears to be overcome amongst a majority of patients following the results of bariatric surgery, according to a published report. Obesity has grown in recent years from afflicting 15 percent of the population in 1980 to 32.9 percent ... Read More


Novel Approaches for Treating Obesity

Novel Approaches for Treating Obesity

Scientists have been looking for non-invaisve ways to combat obesity by studying the hormone ghrelin that controls appetite - the signal that tells us we are hungry and should eat. Read More


Expert Commentary: Kenneth J. Heinrich, M.D. 10/23/2009

Expert Commentary: Kenneth J. Heinrich, M.D. 10/23/2009

This article touches on some important points related to healthy eating.  It is true that psychological factors play an important role in our eating patterns – when, what, and how much we eat.  There are many chemical factors at work as well.  For instance, the hunger w... Read More


Liver Chemical Crucial in Keeping Blood Fats Low

Liver Chemical Crucial in Keeping Blood Fats Low

Dramatic underproduction of a particular liver biochemical seems to be the cause of the pathologically high blood-fat levels associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome in obese mice, a recent study found. Metabolic syndrome is a disorder that places its sufferers at greatly incr... Read More


Expert Commentary: Dr. Elliot Goodman May 1, 2009

Expert Commentary: Dr. Elliot Goodman May 1, 2009

The study, published by the American Physiological Society in the Journal of Applied Physiology, describes a three times greater risk of experiencing a stroke or dying, compared to people with similar health but without sleep apnea. What the study did not say though is that the vast majority ... Read More


Expert Commentary: Dr. Elliot Goodman, MD April 22, 2009

Expert Commentary: Dr. Elliot Goodman, MD April 22, 2009

The latest study reported at the American Heart Association's Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention annual conference confirms what we are seeing all around us - our children are getting fatter.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that 24 percent of... Read More


Growth Hormone Aids Healthier Obesity Weight Loss

Growth Hormone Aids Healthier Obesity Weight Loss

Administering growth hormone to obese women as they diet and exercise after undergoing bariatric surgery helps them lose more fat-tissue weight and retain more lean-muscle-mass weight, a recent report showed.     The small study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrino... Read More


Weight-Loss Surgery With One Small Incision

Weight-Loss Surgery With One Small Incision

Stomach banding is an important weapon in the war chest of the bariatric surgeon - but it typically requires five incisions and a considerable recovery time. But a new technique just coming into use needs just a single incision to accomplish the task of gastric banding, that is, tying off the... Read More



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