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Christie’s Chance; Others Want the Same

May 12, 2013

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With Governor Chris Christie’s announcement that he underwent bariatric surgery, many are applauding his willingness to be honest about his struggles with obesity and decision to seek surgical treatment. In addition to appreciation, there is concern about a significant portion of the population who could benefit from the same treatment options as Christie had, but […]

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Passion Reignited: Why ABOM Matters to Me

April 12, 2013

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This is a guest post written by Robert Michaelson, MD, PhD, FACS, weight loss surgeon in Washington state and Vice President of Washington Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. I was one of two hundred and twenty six candidates who took the first American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) obesity medicine […]

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The Obesity Dilemma and Governor Christie

April 9, 2013

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Did you see Governor Chris Christie on the The Late Show with David Letterman? During the show, he pulled a doughnut from his pocket and began to eat while Letterman chuckled. This sparked a comment from a former White House physician, Dr. Connie Mariano, who said that Christie’s weight was no laughing matter and that […]

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12th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium

March 13, 2013

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Esteemed faculty gathered from around the world to lecture at the 12th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium, directed by Dr. Raul Rosenthal and Dr. John Fung from the Cleveland Clinic Florida. It was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Florida. The first two days covered a wide variety of topics ranging from GERD to […]

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Obese Man Sues and Wins

March 12, 2013

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In what could become a landmark case, an obese Australian man sued his General Practitioner and won $364,000. The GP, Dr. Varipatis, a nutritional medicine specialist, was sued by Luis Almario, who was under Dr. Varipatis’ care from 1997 to 2011, and weighed up to 300 pounds. Now facing terminal liver cancer and given just […]

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Diabetes is Costly; Early Surgical Intervention Most Effective

March 7, 2013

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Weight loss surgery has been shown to be highly effective in resolving diabetes in many obese patients, but new research indicates that early surgical intervention is important for long-term remission. The new study, published in the journal Obesity Surgery, involved more than 4400 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients, 68 percent of which achieved diabetes remission following […]

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Potential to Cure Obesity-Related Asthma with Drugs?

February 9, 2013

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Leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in energy metabolism, appetite, bone mass and fertility also regulates airway diameter, according a new study from Columbia University Medical Center.  This could explain why obese people are likely to have asthma and suggests that asthma associated with body weight may be treated with drugs. When obesity […]

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Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes Selected as Top Medical Innovation

November 7, 2012

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A multitude of recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of bariatric surgery in improving type 2 diabetes; now Cleveland Clinic physicians and researchers have selected bariatric surgery for diabetes as the top medical innovation of 2013. Type 2 diabetes makes up most of diabetes cases. It most often occurs in adulthood, but teens and young […]

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Lisa Lampanelli Weight Loss Surgery: 80 Pounds Lost

September 29, 2012

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Comedian and Celebrity Apprentice star, Lisa Lampanelli, has lost 80 pounds since having weight loss surgery in April.  Lampanelli, now 51 years old, says that she has struggled with her weight since age 18 and has tried every diet out there without success. She explained that bariatric surgery was the next logical step. Weighing 248 […]

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Dallas Cowboys’ Rob Ryan Has Lap Band Surgery

September 11, 2012

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Jets’ Head Coach Rex Ryan has been in the news lately for his impressive weight loss since undergoing lap band surgery with Dr. George Fielding last year. But it’s not just the public who has been impressed with Rex’s success: his twin brother Rob Ryan – defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys – also underwent […]

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