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Mental Health Issues In Patients Seeking Bariatric Surgery

There is no doubt that bariatric surgery is currently the most effective long-term treatment for severe obesity, however, there is also some evidence to suggest that patients seeking bariatric surgery (or for that matter any kind of weight loss) are more likely to have accompanying mental issues that individuals with obesity who don’t and that such issues may affect the outcomes of surgery. … Read More »

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How To Make Obesity Healthcare Teams Work

Obesity, like most other chronic diseases, requires interdisciplinary approaches that involves a wide range of clinicians from different disciplines (e.g. physician, nurse, psychologist, dietitian, exercise physiologist, social worker, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, etc.). But exactly how to get these teams to function efficiently and deliver timely and ongoing obesity management remains… Read More »

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Severity Of Sleep Apnea Is Related To Distance From Sleep Centre

Although sleep apnea is one of the most common and devastating complications of obesity, it remains woefully under-diagnosed and under-treated. One factor accounting for this may well be the lack of timely access to sleep testing. Now, a study by Hirsch Allen and colleagues from the University of British Columbia Hospital Sleep Clinic, published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, exam… Read More »

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Majority Support For Laws to Require Coverage of Obesity Treatments

One of the key barriers to accessing obesity treatments in many countries (besides lack of training and common weight-bias of health professionals) is the lack of coverage for obesity treatments in public and private plans. Thus, for example in the US, under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, Medicare is in fact prohibited from covering prescription obesity medicines. Now, a US survey conduct… Read More »

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How Much Do Ontario Family Docs Know About Bariatric Surgery?

Although bariatric surgery is by far the most effective treatment for severe obesity, most health professionals will have learnt little about it during their training. For those who did, much of what they learnt is probably obsolete, given the remarkable advances both in surgical technique as well as patient management. Given that the family doctor may often be the key person to suggest or counsel… Read More »

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