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Don't Put Off Weight-Loss Surgery Till You're Heavier

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – Having weight-loss surgery before you become severely obese tends to achieve better results, a new study finds. Researchers found that people who underwent bariatric surgery when their body mass index (BMI) was less than 40 were more likely to achieve a BMI below 30 (overweight but not obese) compared to those with a higher body mass index, researchers. A BMI of 30 or ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Obese Patients Beat Diabetes

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – There's more evidence that obese patients with type 2 diabetes can control the disease better with weight-loss surgery, compared to medication alone. New research shows that five years after weight-loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, those who had the procedure showed better improvements in quality of life and overall health, and some no longer needed insulin, ...

Whole-Grain Foods May Help You Stay Slim

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – Switching to whole-grain foods might help keep your weight in check as much as a brisk 30-minute daily walk would, a new study suggests. Whole grains seem to both lower the number of calories your body absorbs during digestion and speed metabolism, explained study author J. Philip Karl. He's a nutrition scientist who did the research while a Ph.D. student in nutrition ...

Are U.S. Med Schools Skimping on Obesity Training?

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Despite being a major health threat, obesity isn't widely discussed in U.S. medical schools, a new study suggests. Obesity is barely mentioned in U.S. medical students' licensing exams, according to the researchers at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. With so few test items about obesity prevention and treatment, medical schools have less incentive to ...

5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Any of the prescription weight-loss drugs on the market can help obese people shed pounds, although some seem more effective than others, a new study finds. Currently, five drugs are approved in the United States for managing obesity. But little has been known about how they stack up against one another, said Dr. Siddharth Singh, the lead researcher on the new study. The ...

Majority of Americans Wants Medicare to Cover Obesity Treatments

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 – Most Americans believe Medicare should cover approved medicines to treat obesity, a new survey shows. "Public policy and society seldom associate obesity with advanced age," James Appleby, chief executive officer of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), said in a news release from the organization. "But recent research has shown that, for those who are over 65 and ...

'Thrifty' Metabolism Might Sabotage Weight Loss Efforts

Posted 11 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – A new study confirms what many frustrated dieters already suspect: Your metabolism might make it tougher for you to lose weight than others. "The results corroborate the idea that some people who are obese may have to work harder to lose weight due to metabolic differences," said lead author Dr. Martin Reinhardt, a postdoctoral fellow at the Phoenix Epidemiology and ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Alli (60 mg orlistat capsules) by GlaxoSmithKline: Recall - Product Tampering

Posted 28 Mar 2014 by

ISSUE:  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling all alli weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers as the company believes that some packages of the product were tampered with and may contain product that is not authentic Alli. GSK received inquiries from consumers in seven states about bottles of alli that contained tablets and capsules that were not ...

GSK reports alli® product tampering, alerts consumers to unknown product in alli® packages

Posted 26 Mar 2014 by

(Moon Township, PA) - March 26, 2014 — GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is alerting consumers that some bottles of its alli® over-the-counter weight loss medication have been tampered with. Consumer safety is GSK’s primary concern. We have initiated an investigation and are working with the Food and Drug Administration. What does the tampered product look like: The outer carton may look authentic. The bott ...

When Prescription Drugs Go OTC, Ads Talk Less of Harms: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11 – When prescription drugs become available over-the-counter, advertisements for the medications are far less likely to tell consumers about the potential harms and side effects, new research finds. The reason for it, experts say, likely has to do with which federal agency regulates the marketing materials for each type of drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...

Experts Assess What Works for Weight Loss

Posted 3 Oct 2011 by

MONDAY , Oct. 3 – Weight loss programs that focus on changing behaviors, as well as those that combine behavior changes and weight-loss medications such as orlistat (Alli, Xenical), can help people shed pounds, according to a new review. "We found behaviorally based weight loss programs are generally effective for weight loss," said Dr. Erin LeBlanc, an investigator for Kaiser Permanente Center ...

Weight-Loss Drugs Alli and Xenical Should Be Removed from the Market, Public Citizen Tells FDA

Posted 15 Apr 2011 by

From Targeted News Service (April 14, 2011) WASHINGTON, April 14 – Public Citizen issued the following news release: The over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli and its prescription form Xenical should be removed from the market immediately because they not only can damage the liver, but also, based on new information obtained from FDA adverse reaction files, have been associated with 47 cases ...

Rare Cases of Liver Damage Tied to Weight-Loss Drug

Posted 27 May 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, May 26 – Responding to reports of rare but sometimes severe cases of liver damage, U.S. health officials on Wednesday announced revised labels for a widely used weight-loss drug. The drug, orlistat, is available by prescription under the trade name Xenical and over-the-counter as Alli. Thirteen cases of severe liver injury have been associated with taking orlistat, 12 of them overseas ...

FDA Investigating Weight-Loss Drug Over Reports of Liver Damage

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 25 – As U.S. health officials announced Monday that they are investigating the weight-loss drug orlistat for possible incidents of liver damage, experts noted the drug might not even work well enough to warrant such potential risks. Orlistat is available in the United States, both as a prescription product (Xenical) and as an over-the-counter medication (Alli). Depending on the ...

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