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Weight Loss With Liraglutide Improves Sleep Apnea

The GLP-1 analogue liraglutide (Saxenda), recently launched in North America for the treatment of obesity, has now also been shown to improve symptoms (apnea-hypopnea index – AHI) of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This, according to a paper by Blackman and colleagues published in the International Journal of Obesity. This 32-week randomized, double-blind trial was conducted in about 360 non-… Read More »

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Ideological Conflicts of Interest Worry Me More Than Financial Conflicts

A few weeks ago I was asked to give a plenary talk on the nature of conflicts of interest at the opening session of the American Society of Nutrition meeting in San Diego. As I explained to the audience, while I do not disregard or trivialize the potential conflict of interest that may come from financial interests (e.g. such as holding a patent or industry funding), we need to also be aware of ot… Read More »

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How To Remove A Gastric Band

When adjustable gastric banding was first introduced as a treatment for severe obesity, it was touted not only as a surgically simple procedure (which it is) but also as having the advantage of being “reversible”. Unfortunately, as many patients who have had bands implanted only to discover that they either did not work or created all kinds of other problems, “simply” remov… Read More »

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How Does Bariatric Surgery Affect Pain And Mobility?

Although metabolic benefits are often presented as one of the key benefits of bariatric surgery, in my experience, the benefits to patients in terms of less pain and mobility have always been far more impressive. Now, a study by Wendy King and colleagues, published in JAMA, confirms these clinical observations in a large cohort of patients undergoing bariatric surgery for severe obesity. The resea… Read More »

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Can Eating Pulses Help You Lose Weight?

Pulses (non-oil seeds of legumes such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, and dry peas) are known for their high content of protein and fibre. Now a study by Kim and colleagues from the University of Toronto, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that dietary pulse consumption may indeed lead to a modest reduction in body weight. The researched performed a systematic review an… Read More »

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