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65% of American Adults Recommended for Weight Loss Treatment

December 17, 2014

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Sixty-five percent of American adults are recommended for behavioral weight loss treatment, according to a new study presented at Obesity Week 2014, the annual meeting of The Obesity Society. Researchers used data from the 2007–2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to estimate the proportion of adults in the United States for whom weight loss […]

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Why is This a Last Resort?

February 7, 2014

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A new editorial in the journal The Lancet: Diabetes & Endocrinology asks why bariatric surgery is only being used as a “last resort”.  Obesity is a cause of major health concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure, and is a risk factor for many types of cancer. A significant point in the editorial is that “despite the […]

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Doctors Told to Treat Obesity as any Other Serious Illness

January 28, 2014

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Since obesity is such a wide-spread and significant health problem, people may think that most primary care physicians are discussing the dangers of obesity and treatment options with all their overweight/obese patients.  However, this does not appear to be the case. Now groups including the American Heart Association (AHA) are hoping to change that. This […]

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Emend & Zofran Combo Reduces Post-Op Nausea/Vomiting

January 17, 2014

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An estimated 113,000 people in the United States undergo weight loss surgery each year, according to the American Journal of Surgery.  Although the procedures are very safe, any operation will have potential negative side effects. One side effect that some patients experience is nausea or vomiting after a bariatric procedure, often a result of general […]

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Dr Jaime Ponce Finishes Term as ASMBS President

November 17, 2013

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Congratulations to Dr Jaime Ponce for completing his term as the 27th President of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr Ponce gave his presidential address at Obesity Week – the first scientific meeting bringing together professionals around the world who are dedicated to both medical and surgical treatment of obesity. Highlighting […]

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Lap Band Purchased by Apollo Endosurgery

October 29, 2013

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Today Apollo Endosurgery announced that they’ve acquired the Obesity Intervention division from Allergan. Allergan’s primary bariatric product is the well-known Lap Band, which is a small silicon ring that get placed around the upper portion of the stomach. In addition to the Lap Band, Apollo’s purchase includes the ORBERA Intra-gastric Balloon System which is a […]

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US Sees Progress on Childhood Obesity, Trails in Prevention Efforts

September 6, 2013

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A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that childhood obesity rates in many states have declined; however, as much as 1 in 8 preschoolers are obese in the United States today. Carrying excess weight during childhood is concerning because obese children are more likely to become obese adults and experience both […]

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New Device Hopes to Measure Effectiveness of Weightloss Efforts

September 4, 2013

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A new device hopes to tell us whether or not our exercise and dieting is paying off–without the need for a scale.  In a compact pocket-size, the device measures the amount of fat burned by analyzing the acetone content in a person’s breath. While acetone is mainly produced in the blood when fat is broken […]

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CMS May Drop Center of Excellence Requirement

August 21, 2013

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Currently, Medicare patients who have bariatric surgery must have the surgery at a certified Center of Excellence (COE) facility. However, CMS has proposed eliminating the requirement, stating that there isn’t sufficient evidence that the requirement has provided improved outcomes.  The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)’s COE designation was created to recognize surgeons and […]

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ASMBS 2013 Spring Educational Event

June 8, 2013

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Last week, leaders in bariatric surgery from around the US and world met in New Orleans for 4 days of meetings, presentations, and discussions. Members of Doctors of Weight Loss participated in nearly every aspect of the event. For the first time, ASMBS included a live telecast of 3 simultaneous surgeries for participants. Operating during […]

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