• Mother of Four Reaches—and Maintains—Weight Loss Goals with Gastric Banding

    July 20, 2012

    Pregnancy wreaks havoc on a woman’s body and over a period of five years, Nancy Steman-Federle welcomed four wonderful sons into the world. Six days after the birth of her son in 2000, Steman-Federle suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency surgery. Four months later, she lost her mother. “I was dealing with so much stress ...

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  • Bariatric Surgery Most Common Elective Surgical Procedure

    July 19, 2012

    SAN DIEGO – Within the setting of academic medical centers, bariatric surgery is the most common elective general surgical operation and it has the highest use of laparoscopy. In addition, the in-hospital mortality rate of laparoscopic bariatric surgery is now comparable to those of laparoscopic appendectomy and antireflux surgery, and is currently lower than that of ...

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    July 19, 2012

    Iron supplementation can be beneficial for some people who are at risk of deficiency such as pregnant women, female athletes or women with heavy menstrual cycles. To get the most out of iron supplements, avoid taking them with coffee, tea or milk. These beverages contain substances that can inhibit the absorption of iron. Wait 90 ...

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  • Child obesity can have serious consequences

    July 18, 2012

    Child obesity is becoming an increasingly dangerous trend in America. A plethora of diseases are being linked to child obesity such as Type 1 diabetes and heart disease. If we don’t do something about this generation’s obesity, what will happen to the next one? Will they be bigger than mine or will they be more active ...

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  • Weight loss counseling key to long-term success

    July 17, 2012

    Ray Medina of Ovid has lost 230 pounds since undergoing bariatric surgery last summer. Experts say his weight loss is higher than typical, but only slightly. “Patients end up losing weight very fast in the first year to year and a half,” said Dr. Jaime Ponce, a bariatric surgeon from Georgia and president of the American ...

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  • Father, son lose 260 pounds after weight loss surgery

    July 16, 2012

    Mike Cianciullo hated the stares. Whenever his family went out to eat, strangers’ eyes would follow — gawking at the sizes of father and son, judging the food on their plates. At 5 feet 7 inches, Cianciullo weighed 321 pounds. His son, Matt, was 5 feet 3 inches and weighed 333 pounds. “It’s like they’d never seen ...

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  • Surgery numbers grow as Americans continue to battle obesity

    July 13, 2012

    Obesity continues to be one of the biggest health concerns that many face on a daily basis. The overwhelming number of Americans that are considered obese or morbidly obese has caused a surge in the number and types of surgical procedures in recent years. “Weight-loss has become one of the number one common surgeries,” said Dr. ...

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  • Weight-loss surgery patient completes the Peachtree

    July 12, 2012

    Two years and 215 pounds ago, Jim Blackburn’s knees and ankles hurt just carrying his own weight. Now, he can count himself among the thousands who have completed Atlanta’s time-honored Independence Day tradition, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Born at what is now called Emory University Hospital Midtown, Blackburn returned there on April 5, 2010 ...

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  • American Obesity Could Affect Population Growth- Increasing Waistlines Lead to Decline in Fertility

    July 10, 2012

    As American waistlines continue to expand, research shows that increasing obesity could cut some couples’ fertility in half, leading ultimately to a population decline, says one expert in fertility and obesity. According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 66 percent of all adults in the US are overweight or obese. More than 75 percent ...

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  • Mother loses 115 pounds after weight struggle

    July 9, 2012

    It is no secret that waistlines in America are out of control, adding more people and pounds to the obesity epidemic. But for some in that category, no amount of diet and exercise gets them back into the healthy range and that is where bariatric surgery comes in. All her life, Francis Lee says she felt ...

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