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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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2007 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
The daily gloom that many obese people endure is almost impossible to comprehend for the never-heavy. Struggles with irresistible urges to eat, weight-related health problems and embarrassment aren't always understood or received with sympathy; "just stop eating" is the simplistic advice usually offered by people who haven't a clue. "Fat: What No One Is Telling You," a new 90-minute PBS documentary, offers a more compassionate take on this thorny issue continually in the news.
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.
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.
May 25, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Contestants on the reality TV program "The Biggest Loser"not only lost weight fast, they "rapidly and substantially" lowered their blood pressure and improved their metabolic function, the physician who is the show's medical consultant reported Friday to the American Assn. of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Robert Huizenga, the medical director of the NBC program and several other shows, including Univision's " Dale Con Ganas ," says the combination of moderate calorie restriction and roughly four hours of daily exercise yields bigger health gains, more cheaply and with fewer complications, than bariatric surgery.
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.
January 12, 2013
Re "Diabetes a stubborn foe," Jan. 6 Though the article successfully portrayed indifferent diabetics, it neglected to mention the uncommon diabetics who work out and eat right. I am an 18-year-old diabetic, and while I can attest that diabetes is a terrible illness, most of its consequences can be avoided by putting down the potato chips and picking up a dumbbell. Unfortunately, in this day and age, something so simple is controversial. Eric Herschler Garden Grove Diabetes patients who store candy next to their insulin should be starkly confronted with the very real possibility of death from the disease.
March 29, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Weight-loss surgery can reduce the incidence and severity of migraine headaches, according to results from a small study reported Monday. Researchers had previously known that obesity intensified migraines, but this is the first study that suggests that surgery to control weight, commonly known as bariatric surgery, can alleviate the problem. Psychologist Dale S. Bond of the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., and Brown University and his colleagues studied 24 severely obese patients who suffered from migraines, 88% of them female.
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