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SCIENCE
August 23, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Surgically induced weight loss produces as much as a 40% reduction in deaths in the 10 years after the operation, two large studies reported today. Researchers already knew that bariatric surgery sharply reduced diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, in addition to improving appearance and quality of life. But the new studies, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, are the first to document a long-suspected link between weight loss and survival.
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HEALTH
February 26, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
With record U.S. obesity rates and newly expanded Food and Drug Administration eligibility criteria for Lap-Band surgery, more and more Americans may be mulling the possibility of going beyond diet and exercise to tackle their weight and the medical problems that come with it. Those deciding on the surgical route face the often-baffling choice of which procedure is for them. Although there are some broad guidelines, experts say, the final choice comes down to what both patient and doctor are comfortable with.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
After gastric bypass surgery, people with  Type 2 diabetes often see their disease completely  disappear  - within weeks, before they've lost much or any weight. It doesn't work for everyone, though.  What are the factors that matter? A study by a team of scientists from the University of Massachussetts looked into that. Here are their findings, which were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The scientists looked at remission of diabetes in 139 patients, ages 48 to 57, who'd had gastric bypass surgery.
SCIENCE
May 30, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Of the many powers mothers wield, few are more extraordinary than the power to nudge a child's health prospects in one direction or another simply by having incubated that child in her womb. Research is uncovering more and more instances in which a pregnant woman's own health issues powerfully influence those of her child. A new study demonstrates this is especially true of her weight status, and shows that weight-loss surgery can change the picture dramatically. Research has already shown that the children that obese women bear before and after they have undergone bariatric surgery are different from each other.
SCIENCE
November 13, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Fifteen years after they have weight-loss surgery, almost a third of patients who had Type 2 diabetes at the time they were operated on remain free of the metabolic disorder, a new study says. And six years following such surgery, patients had shaved their probability of suffering a heart attack over the next 10 years by 40%, their stroke risk by 42%, and their likelihood of dying over the next five years by 18%, additional research has concluded. The two studies, both presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Atlanta, offer the first indications of weight-loss surgery's longer-term health benefits for patients.
HEALTH
February 12, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Surgery has surged in popularity as a way to treat severe obesity. Today, it appears safe enough that some surgeons are testing it in children. Most people who are tremendously obese can't shed their weight through diet and exercise. For more than 50 years, surgeons have offered them another way: shorten or diminish the capacity of the gut. The first operations in 1954 cut out most of the small intestine, says Dr.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Weight-loss surgeons from across the United States are attempting to distance themselves from surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising for Lap-Band surgery. In a letter to House members considering a congressional investigation of the Lap-Band and the massive Southern California ad campaign, the surgeons said it's important to note that not all weight-loss centers are created equal. They said nonprofit groups, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, review outpatient clinics and award the top facilities with a Center of Excellence rating.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Bariatric surgery works, if measured in hospital days and medicine costs 20 years after the operation, according to one of the new studies on obesity published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Gastric bypass surgery was shown to help severely obese patients, most of whom after six years had sustained an average weight loss of nearly 28% of their weight. For six years after their surgery, the patients in a Swedish study used more hospital days after bariatric surgery than obese people who didn't have the surgery, but in years 7 to 20 did not. The Swedish study, to be published Wednesday, included 1,010 adults who had surgery and 2,037 who did not. The study looked at long-term healthcare use. Of the surgery patients, 13% had gastric bypass, 19% gastric banding and the rest vertical-banded gastroplasty, a procedure no longer commonly performed.
HEALTH
March 29, 2004 | Daniel Costello, Special to The Times
Weight-loss surgery once was considered a rare measure of last resort. Now, tens of thousands of obese people a year are turning to such procedures, often out of frustration with more traditional attempts to shed excess pounds. Faced with the daunting task of paying for all those surgeries -- estimated at more than $3 billion last year -- a growing list of insurers around the country are canceling coverage of the controversial procedures. In recent weeks, Kentucky-based Humana Inc.
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