Posts Tagged ‘ASMBS’

Ten Top Highlights of ObesityWeek 2016

November 5, 2016 — ObesityWeek in New Orleans was a feast of new information and perspectives for people who devote their careers to understanding and solving the challenge of obesity. The highlights were many and different for every attendee. Here are ten for your consideration. Sadaf Farooqi delivered a keynote address that mixed good humor with serious science about […]

If Health Plans Limit Bariatric Surgery, Are Lives at Risk?

November 1, 2016 — Among the top ten papers to be presented in the ASMBS portion of ObesityWeek 2016 on Wednesday is a case-control study of long-term mortality after bariatric surgery. We expect no big surprises in this study, just another set of compelling data affirming the survival benefit conferred by bariatric surgery documented in the landmark Swedish Obese […]

ObesityWeek: The Latest on Surgical Obesity Care

October 25, 2016 — The world’s leading experts in surgical obesity care will be presenting the latest advances in surgical obesity care at ObesityWeek beginning Monday in New Orleans. Already one of the most potent tools for treating obesity, surgery is evolving into a critical tool for putting type 2 diabetes into remission. With broader indications for surgery, research on […]

Six Things to Look for at ObesityWeek 2016

October 24, 2016 — ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans is barely a week away. ASMBS and the Obesity Society (TOS) have wedged an incredible wealth of new information into this short week. Sorting through the options is already a challenge and program information just keeps coming. More than a thousand research abstracts will be presented. So you better plan […]

Bones at Risk After Bariatric Surgery

August 3, 2016 — A careful new case-control study fills important gaps in knowledge about bones at risk after bariatric surgery. Catherine Rousseau and colleagues published their finding in The BMJ that the risk of bone fractures goes up by 30% after bariatric surgery. The site of fractures also shifted to a pattern that is more typically seen in […]

Surgery Beats Diet and Exercise for Diabetes Remission

March 20, 2016 — Another study is adding to the evidence that bariatric surgery is probably the best bet we have for diabetes remission. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial, David Cummings and colleagues found that surgery beats diet and exercise for remission of type 2 diabetes. In this relatively small, well-controlled study, 60% of surgery patients had remission of […]

27 States Flaunting ACA Ban on Healthcare Discrimination

November 23, 2015 — Five major medical groups have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, charging 27 states with  healthcare discrimination that violates the Affordable Care Act. They cite denial of access to surgical care for obesity that discriminates against people based on pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and gender. All […]

Move It!

August 19, 2015 — With a little less than 18 months to work with, Let’s Move! Executive Director Debra Eschmeyer has an impressive to-do list: bring revised nutrition facts labeling over the finish line, rally support for gains in school nutrition, and prepare for the post-presidency phase of Let’s Move! Leadership of some of the top scientific and professional […]

Forget Bariatrics, Obesity Medicine Is the Thing

August 1, 2015 — The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) announced this week that they will change their name to the Obesity Medicine Association on October 2 this year. The society is making the change “to better align with the widespread recognition of obesity as a chronic disease among health care professionals.” Oddly enough, this name change completes a […]

FDA Approves 6-Month Dual Balloon for Obesity

July 29, 2015 — Late yesterday, FDA approved the first of two gastric balloon devices under review to treat obesity. The ReShape dual balloon is the first new treatment for obesity to be approved for explicitly short-term use — it must be removed after six months or less. On the plus side, it would appear to fill a significant gap […]