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  • Weight loss surgery can be a safe option for obese children

    Source: Medical Xpress

    Weight loss surgery does not stunt the growth of obese children when applied within a clinical pathway. It is a safe option to use and provides hope for youngsters who are unable to shed pounds through weight management programs that include counseling and lifestyle changes. So says Professor Aayed Alqahtani of King Saud University (KSU) in Saudi Arabia, after tracking the progress of almost 300 children who had all undergone such surgery through a standardized clinical pathway that was created and applied by Alqahtani in his practice at KSU. The findings are published in Springer’s journal Obesity Surgery.

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  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: Increase in Use, Weight Loss, and Revisions

    Source: Weightloss surgery news

    Sleeve gastrectomy has rapidly become a popular weight loss surgery. Over the last five years, it has gone from a relatively rare operation to the most commonly performed bariatric procedure.

    While the use of this procedure has increased in recent years, there is still much to learn about long term weight loss and complications.

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  • To reduce body fat, eating less fat may be more effective than eating less carbohydrate

    Source: Science Daily

    In adults with obesity, lowering dietary fat may lead to greater body fat loss than lowering dietary carbohydrate, a new study finds. The results will be presented in a poster Thursday, March 5, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in San Diego.

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  • Obesity ‘not always linked with metabolic problems’

    Source: Medical News Today

    The researchers, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, recruited 20 obese participants who were asked to gain 15 lb in weight over several months. The findings of the study are published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

    The researchers then studied how the gain in weight affected the participants’ metabolism. Before and after gaining the weight, the participants’ abilities to regulate blood sugar and liver fat were measured, as were their body compositions and sensitivities to insulin.

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  • Less Booze, More Veggies Might Lower Odds for Some Cancers

    Source: HealthDay

    Eating a plant-based diet and limiting your alcohol intake may help cut your risk for obesity-related cancers, a new study suggests.

    Excess body fat is believed to be linked with about one-third of cancers, including those of the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive organs, urinary tract, blood, bone, spleen and thyroid, the New York University researchers noted.

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  • Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive to Sugar

    Source: Bioscience Technology

    A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar.

    Published online in International Journal of Obesity, the study does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and overeating but it does support the idea that the growing number of America’s obese youth may have a heightened psychological reward response to food.

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  • Weight Loss May Relieve Urinary Problems

    Source: DailyRx

    If you’ve got metabolic syndrome, you may have a raised risk for urinary tract symptoms like bladder leakage, having to urinate more often, having to get up at night to go and feeling an urgent need to go. And you may be able to fight those symptoms by losing weight.

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  • Overweight, obesity linked to nearly 500,000 new cancers in 2012 worldwide

    Source: Science Daily

    Researchers estimate that a quarter of all obesity-related cancers in 2012 were attributable to the rising average body mass index (BMI) in the population since 1982, and were therefore “realistically avoidable”.

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  • After weight loss surgery, people could experience discrimination when interviewing for jobs

    Source: Medical News Today

    People say that they would be more likely to hire someone who has lost weight through exercise and dieting than through surgery. This is just one of the stigmas faced by obese people who undergo weight-reducing bariatric surgery, reports Robert Carels of East Carolina University in the US and his team of researchers. The findings are published in Springer’s journal Obesity Surgery.

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  • Extreme obesity calls for individualized medication

    Source: Medical News Today

    Doctors and pharmacists often do not take obesity into account when prescribing medication. For this, more insight into the influence of obesity on the distribution and elimination of drugs is of the utmost importance. This is emphasized by Catherijne Knibbe in the most recent issue of the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

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  • How well does bariatric surgery work?

    Source: MedicalXpress

    The number of bariatric surgeries done each year in the United States has ballooned. Now, in an August 27 state-of-the-art review in The BMJ and a September 3 editorial in JAMA, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, weighs the evidence on the benefits and risks of the various types of this surgery.

    "It’s critical that we find effective—and cost-effective—ways to treat severe obesity," said Dr. Arterburn, an associate investigator at Group Health Research Institute, a Group Health physician, and an affiliate associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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  • Change in type of procedure most commonly used for bariatric surgery

    Source: ScienceDaily

    In an analysis of the type of bariatric surgery procedures used in Michigan in recent years, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) surpassed Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) in 2012 as the most common procedure performed for patients seeking this type of surgery, and SG became the predominant bariatric surgery procedure for patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study.

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  • Weight loss following bariatric surgery leads to improved brain function, could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s in obese people

    Source: MedicalNewsToday

    Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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  • Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence

    Source: HealthDay

    Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit — it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study.

    The study found that nearly half of women in a weight-loss surgery program reported having incontinence prior to the procedure. After surgery, most of those women said their urinary symptoms either improved or disappeared, said study researcher Dr. LesleeSubak, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

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  • Sleeve gastrectomy surgery improves diabetes control better than medical care

    Source: MedicalXpress

    Adults with Type 2 diabetes achieve better blood glucose (sugar) control two years after undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy than do patients who receive standard medical diabetes care without this weight loss surgery, a new study finds. The results were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago.

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  • Can Weight-Loss Surgery Lower Cancer Risk for the Obese?

    Source: Physicians Briefing

    Weight-loss surgery may do more than lower the risk of heart problems and improve type 2 diabetes in obese patients: A new review suggests it may also lower their chances of a cancer diagnosis. The report was published in the journal Obesity Surgery.

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  • Rise in Obesity More About Inactivity Than Caloric Intake

    Source: PTinMotion

    It’s no news that Americans have become more obese during the past 15 years, but a new study adds an interesting perspective—the dramatic gains may be almost entirely due to lack of physical activity, and not an increase in caloric intake.

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  • The ‘obesity paradox’: Cardiovascular mortality lowest among overweight patients

    Source: MedicalXpress

    High body mass index (BMI) is associated with multiple cardiovascular diseases. However, emerging data suggest that there is an "obesity paradox," that being overweight may actually protect patients from cardiovascular mortality. Investigators have now confirmed that the risk of total mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and myocardial infarction is highest among underweight patients, while cardiovascular mortality is lowest among overweight patients, according to two reports published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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  • Obesity may be impacted by stress, study says

    Source: MedicalXpress

    Using experimental models, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that adenosine, a metabolite released when the body is under stress or during an inflammatory response, stops the process of adipogenesis, when adipose (fat) stem cells differentiate into adult fat cells.

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  • Are hormones causing children’s weight gain?

    Source: Science Daily

    The number of children who are obese remains alarmingly high in the U.S. and, unfortunately, diseases associated with obesity are on the rise. Worried about their overweight children, many parents wonder if other diagnoses, such as hypothyroidism, could be the reason behind their child’s weight gain. But according to experts more often than not the underlying issues are more strongly influenced by environmental factors, such as largely sedentary lifestyle or a caloric intake.

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