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March 11, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Reggie White's death provided the wake-up call, Kirby Puckett's the confirmation. Former USC running back Anthony Davis said last month that because of sleep- and weight-related health problems similar to those of White, a pro football Hall of Famer who died in 2004 at 43, he decided last year to undergo gastric bypass surgery. The procedure is scheduled for today at a hospital in La Jolla and will be shown live on the Internet.
November 21, 2005
Re "Sasha Is Dead, but Why?" Column One, Nov. 18 I had to laugh -- although bitterly -- when I read how shocked parents were that their upper-middle-class, private-school, nanny-raised kids were huffing, choking themselves, smoking salvia (an Internet-traded drug not mentioned by your article) and a myriad of other activities aimed at getting high. Why? Because no one wants to see the big picture. How dare we adults chastise kids for wanting a quick fix to feeling good, when our whole lives revolve around making ourselves feel better?
August 7, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A gastric bypass surgeon in Riverside has been accused by state medical regulators of mishandling the care of 11 patients, including six who died, casting a harsh spotlight on the possible risks of a burgeoning -- and lucrative -- enterprise embraced by many California hospitals. Dr.
November 25, 2004 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
The Thanksgiving tales of Dr. Stephen Severance are not so much heart-warming as stomach churning. With today's launch of peak overeating season, the gastrointestinal specialist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center said doctors like him will be consumed with treating holiday celebrators who've had one too many drumsticks. Or who laughed while chewing and began choking. Or who somehow inhaled their turkey dinner so fast they got bones lodged in their throats.
September 20, 2004 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Heartburn, indigestion, ulcers and other gastric disorders affect 1 in every 20 people, and U.S. patients fork over more money for treatment -- about $13 billion every year for prescription drugs -- than for almost any other type of medication. But easing the symptoms can take time. The pills' thick coatings -- necessary so the medication isn't destroyed by the stomach's powerful acids -- delay the drugs' absorption until they get to the intestine. Now a low-tech discovery happened upon by a university pharmacologist has led to the reformulation of some of the gastric reflux drugs with baking soda.
July 19, 2004 | Kelly Young
People who undergo gastric bypass surgery -- a procedure used to treat those who are morbidly obese -- often experience a loss of appetite after the procedure. But doctors haven't quite understood the reasons why. Now researchers at Emory University in Atlanta have found that, within minutes after the surgery, people experience a drop in levels of a hormone that helps induce the hunger sensation. The stomach is the main factory for the hormone ghrelin.
Dr. John Walsh, internationally known for his pioneering studies of how gastric acid functions and of treatments for ulcers and other diseases it can cause, has died at age 61. Walsh, research chief of the UCLA Digestive Diseases Division and the Straus Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, died Wednesday of complications after a heart attack, UCLA spokesmen said. The highly respected doctor served as president of the American Gastroenterological Assn. in 1994-95.
May 19, 1987 | MARCIDA DODSON, Times Staff Writer
A UC Irvine physician has concluded that the gastric bubble--a balloon-like device that is inflated inside the stomach to promote weight loss--is ineffective after he studied patients who lost the same amount of weight whether or not they had the bubble. Dr. Hooshang Meshkinpour, an associate professor of gastroenterology, says the 21 patients in his six-month study had the bubble inserted for three months and then underwent a "sham" procedure and had no bubble for the next three months.
November 11, 1986 | AMY MEDNICK, Mednick, a USC journalism student, is a Times intern. and
After experimenting unsuccessfully with various diets, Dr. Dennis Riff, an Orange County gastroenterologist, had a plastic balloon put in his stomach to control his appetite. He was 75 pounds overweight. Eight months later, he said, he had lost 65 pounds. In his specialty, Riff treats disorders of the digestive system.
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