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Eschewing the Fat: New Obesity Treatments Offer New Choices

shutterstock_193294019-rev (1) From a stomach-emptying device to gastric balloons to reformulated drugs, weight-loss options continue to multiply. But are they the wave of the future or a temporary solution to a chronic problem? As the challenge of treating obesity continues to grow, so do the treatment options. Over the past two years, physical interventions that are less...
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Five-Year Results of STAMPEDE Trial Show Bariatric Surgery’s Efficacy on Treating T2D

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic last month published the five-year results of STAMPEDE, a groundbreaking trial that compared intensive medical treatment and surgical treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes (T2D). The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that bariatric surgery plus intensive medical intervention was more effective in treating T2D than intensive...
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Metabolic Risk Increased in Obese People Who “Self-Stigmatize”

Obese individuals who “self-stigmatize” about their weight may be at higher risk for developing metabolic problems, according to a study recently published in Obesity. Researchers led by Rebecca L. Pearl, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, write that obese people are often seen as lazy and unattractive, and to blame for their excess...
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ENDO 2017 Preview: Gut Check – Microbiome in Pediatric Patients

Endocrine News previews ENDO 2017 in Orlando with an overview of the Presidential Plenary session, which focuses on the microbiome in pediatric patients. The early years of a child’s life is a critical period for the foundation of a healthy outcome. It is during the first two years of childhood that optimal nutrition is crucial...
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Sweet & Lowdown: Artificial Sweeteners & Weight Gain

sweetlow-soda Controlled trials show non-nutritive sweeteners can sometimes help in weight loss, but observational and animal studies raise concerns about their risks. A patient asks: “Do you recommend the use of artificial sweeteners, as in diet sodas, for weight loss?” Do you respond: Randomized controlled trials consistently show that diet sodas are helpful for weight loss...
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Cannabinoid Receptor 2 Could be Antiobesity Target

Italian researchers have found that the cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) could be a pharmacological target for treating or preventing obesity, according to a study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers, led by Francesca Rossi, MD, of the Second University of Naples, point out that obesity is associated with low-grade...
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Commentary: Taking the Next Step to Help Patients with Obesity

Caroline Apovian 09262016 Through my work as an obesity medicine physician I have had the pleasure (and shared in the frustration) of helping patients with obesity reduce the day-to-day consequences of this debilitating disease. I hear frequently from my colleagues about the difficult task they face when treating patients with obesity, and worse, the more than 30 related...
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Members in the News: Teresa Woodruff Participates in Reddit AMA

EarlyCareersWoodruff Former Endocrine Society president Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago, yesterday participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on the social media site Reddit. The platform allows the participant to field questions from “Redditors,” so we’d thought we’d share some of the highlights below. Of course, each...