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Weight loss, smoking cessation reduce reflux symptoms in GERD
Source:
Healio

Lifestyle modifications, including weight loss, smoking cessation, avoiding late evening meals and elevation at the head-of-the-bed for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease were shown to be beneficial in a recent systematic review. Researchers also found evidence that awareness of possible adverse effects associated with the use of proton pump inhibitors has increased.

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Pancreatitis often caused by gallstones – also statins increase risk
Source:
Science daily

Idiopathic pancreatitis is often caused by small gallstones that are difficult to observe prior to surgery, shows a study. Small gallstones were found in surgery from two out of three idiopathic pancreatitis patients. The study also showed that acute pancreatitis was more common in statin users than non-users.

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Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of developing serious heart problems, study shows
Source:
Science daily

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery can reduce the risk of developing serious health conditions such as heart attacks and type 2 diabetes, as well improve existing conditions, according to a new study.

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New study shows balloon in a capsule helps patients lose nearly twice as much weight than diet, exercise and lifestyle therapy alone
Source:
Science daily

Patients with obesity who swallowed gas-filled balloon capsules designed to help them eat less, lost 1.9 times more weight than patients who relied on diet, exercise and lifestyle therapy alone, according to new research.

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Fear of gaining weight may influence contraception choices
Source:
Science daily

Concerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices, according to researchers. Women who are overweight or obese are less likely than normal-weight women to use the birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive methods, they report.

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Pregabalin may lessen pain from irritable bowel syndrome, study finds
Source:
Science daily

Patients suffering from pain related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may benefit from taking pregabalin, a neuro-pain inhibitor commonly used to treat fibromyalgia, a pilot study has found.

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Effects of omeprazole or anti-reflux surgery on lower oesophageal sphincter characteristics and oesophageal acid exposure over 10 years
Source:
Taylor and Francis online

Objective: To compare the effect of anti-reflux surgery (ARS) versus proton pump inhibitor therapy on lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) function and oesophageal acid exposure in patients with chronic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) over a decade of follow-up.

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Surgical Options for Gallbladder Disease
Source:
Health After 50

Laparoscopic gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, is the mainstay of surgical treatment of gallbladder disease. This minimally invasive approach is safer than open abdominal surgery. Still, even less invasive options—including those without any incisions at all—are being studied and used in some teaching medical centers.

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Discrimination toward overweight adolescents predictive of emotional problems
Source:
Science Daily

Discrimination and bullying experienced by sixth graders who are overweight leads to emotional problems by the end of eighth grade, according to new research.

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What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?
Source:
University Health News

Gallbladder symptoms include sudden pain in your abdomen or back, nausea, sweating, fever, and chills.

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Don’t ‘Bypass’ Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery
Source:
DailyRx

Having weight loss surgery can improve obese patients’ health, but it isn’t a fix-all for health problems tied to being obese. Exercise may improve these patients’ overall health even more and lower their risk for diabetes

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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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Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of developing serious heart problems, study shows
Source:
Science Daily

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery can reduce the risk of developing serious health conditions such as heart attacks and type 2 diabetes, as well improve existing conditions, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine.

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New research examines how patients can have greater success from ventral hernia surgeries
Source:
News-Medical

Because about 30 percent of hernia surgeries may require, yet, another repair surgery, physicians and staff at Harris Health System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are hoping a new research study will show how patients can improve their odds of success.

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Can Acid Reflux Patients Take PPIs and H2RAs Concomitantly?
Source:
Pharmacy Times

Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina indicated that oral omeprazole and ranitidine potentiate one another’s effect on prolonged acid reflux control.

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Gallbladder polyp size helps predict gallbladder cancer risk
Source:
Bel Marra Health

Polyps larger than one centimeter are more likely to be cancerous. A retrospective analysis conducted in the U.K. supported such suggestion, as researchers uncovered that the larger the size of a gallbladder polyp, the higher the risk of it being malignant.

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Antibiotics before age 2 increases risk for childhood obesity, study suggests
Source:
Science Daily

A new study found that administration of three or more courses of antibiotics before children reach an age of 2 years is associated with an increased risk of early childhood obesity.

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Weight loss, smoking cessation reduce reflux symptoms in GERD
Source:
Healio

Lifestyle modifications, including weight loss, smoking cessation, avoiding late evening meals and elevation at the head-of-the-bed for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease were shown to be beneficial in a recent systematic review. Researchers also found evidence that awareness of possible adverse effects associated with the use of proton pump inhibitors has increased.

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Solid foods take over shaping of gut microbiota by 9 months
Source:
Medical News Today

By the time an infant is 9 months old, solid foods have the greatest impact on the gut microbiota, having taken over from the mother as the main influence, says research published in mSphere.

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Many patients prefer online postoperative care to in-person care
Source:
Medical Xpress

The majority of patients who undergo routine, uncomplicated operations prefer online postoperative consultations to in-person visits, according to results from a new study published online as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website. The study will appear in the print publication of the Journal later this year.

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Study says patients with type 2 diabetes should be prioritized for obesity surgery
Source:
Medical Xpress

New research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests that, when considering overall costs of healthcare, obese patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those with recent disease onset, should be prioritised for obesity surgery over those without type 2 diabetes, since many patients see a reversal of diabetes after surgery and thus need fewer expensive diabetes medications or treatment for complications in future.

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Energy expenditure increases after gastric bypass surgery
Source:
Medical News Today

Gastric bypass surgery often leads to a sustained weight loss. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have found part of the explanation: the operation enhances energy expenditure such that eating actually helps the person lose weight.

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Eating on the move may trigger weight gain in dieters
Source:
Medical News Today

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK, found that eating while walking could make dieters overeat later on in the day, triggering more overeating than other forms of distraction such as watching TV or chatting with a friend.

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Like Mother, Like Child: Study Hints at Why Obesity May Run in Families
Source:
Health Day

New research offers potential clues as to why children of obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity.

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Why Weight Loss Surgery Could Be a Money Saver
Source:
DailyRx

Weight-loss surgery may shrink more than just waistlines.

A new study found that gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery may reduce health care costs tied to obesity and related diseases in the long term.

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