Posts Tagged ‘ASMBS’

Where Is the Excellence in Bariatric Centers of Excellence?

May 14, 2018 — Bariatric centers of excellence now perform most bariatric surgeries. So if all those centers are excellent, how much does it matter where someone has a surgery performed? Quite a bit. A new review by Tapan Mehta and David Allison in JAMA offers an important conclusion. Accreditation might be a good idea, but by itself, it doesn’t […]

Putting Obesity Care Out of Reach Where It’s Needed Most

May 10, 2018 — The picture is stark. Writing in the Atlantic, Olga Khazan says bariatric surgery is out of reach where people need it the most. The five states with the highest rates of self-reported BMI in the range of obesity are WV, MS, AL, AR, and LA. But not one of those states requires insurers to cover […]

Ten Reflections from ObesityWeek 2017

November 4, 2017 — ObesityWeek 2017 is finished. It’s been an intense week with some of the smartest people in the world, dealing with the subject of obesity. Most people don’t really want to think deeply about it. But these people devote their careers to it. So what can we take home. Here are ten ideas that floated to […]

Take 5: Join Us in Supporting National Obesity Care Week

October 12, 2017 — We are in the tenth year of a voyage at ConscienHealth. We’re following the lead of people seeking and finding better ways to care for people bearing the burden of obesity. So we advocate for an end to weight bias and discrimination. And we lift up evidence-based approaches to this chronic, progressive disease. National Obesity […]

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 […]