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Physician support key to successful weight loss, study shows

Findings affirm value of physician involvement in changing unhealthy behavior A review of survey data from more than 300 obese people who participated in a federally funded weight loss clinical trial found that although the overall weight loss rates were modest, those who rated their primary care doctor’s support as particularly helpful lost about twice [...]

Long-term followup of type of bariatric surgery finds regain of weight, decrease in diabetes remission rates

While undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy induced weight loss and improvements in obesity-related disorders, long-term followup shows significant weight regain and a decrease in remission rates of diabetes and, to a lesser extent, other obesity-related disorders over time, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery. Obesity was recognized as a global epidemic by the [...]

FDA approves non-surgical temporary balloon device to treat obesity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients. The device likely works by occupying space in the stomach, which may trigger feelings of [...]

Temple doctors provide commentary in New England Journal of Medicine about major weight loss study

Elias S. Siraj, M.D., FACP, FACE, director of the Diabetes Program at Temple University Hospital (TUH), and Kevin J. Williams, M.D., FACP, chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at TUH, co-authored an editorial piece published July 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine about a major weight loss study involving obese and overweight patients. [...]

Weight loss plus vitamin D reduces inflammation linked to cancer, chronic disease

First study of its kind to test effect of vitamin D and weight loss on inflammatory biomarkers For the first time, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known [...]