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Trends in Inpatient Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents | News Brief

The rate of inpatient bariatric procedures among adolescents appears to have plateaued since 2003, despite the worsening childhood obesity epidemic. The rate of these procedures per 100,000 increased from 0.8 in 2000 to 2.3 in 2003, but was 2.2 in 2006 and 2.4 in 2009.…

Long-Term Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery | News Brief

Australian researchers have found that durable weight loss can be maintained through 15 years among patients who undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Weight loss rates beyond 10 years were similar between patients who required revision procedures and those who did not.…

Resuming Blood Thinner Use After a GI Bleed | News Brief

Among patients with a warfarin-associated index gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding event, the decision to not resume warfarin within 90 days appears to be associated with higher risks for thrombosis and mortality. A cohort study demonstrated that resuming warfarin did not significantly increase the risk for recurrent GI bleeding.…

Migraine Prevalence, Celiac Disease, & IBD | News Brief

When compared with healthy controls, patients with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity (GS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appear to have a higher prevalence of migraine. Investigators from New York noted that migraine was graded as severe by 72% of patients with celiac disease, compared with 60% for those with GS and 30% for those with IBD.…

Physical Activity Reduces Colon Cancer Risks | News Brief

Australian investigators suggest that physical activity helps reduce the risk of proximal and distal colon cancers. In a study, the risk of proximal colon cancer was 27% lower among the most physically active participants when compared with the least active. Similar results were seen with risk for distal colon cancer.…

Resuming Blood Thinner Use After a GI Bleed | News Brief

Among patients with a warfarin-associated index gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding event, the decision to not resume warfarin within 90 days appears to be associated with higher risks for thrombosis and mortality. A cohort study demonstrated that resuming warfarin did not significantly increase the risk for recurrent GI bleeding.…

Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease, & Retinopathy | News Brief

Among people with type 1 diabetes, having celiac disease for more than 10 years appears to be a risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy. Based on their findings, the Swedish research team suggested that long-standing celiac disease in patients with type 1 diabetes warrants intense monitoring for diabetic retinopathy.…

Urinary Tract Infections Common in Type 2 Diabetics | News Brief

Patients with type 2 diabetes appear to be at higher risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) than patients without diabetes. An international study found that the incidence of UTIs was 46.9 per 1,000 person-years among those with type 2 diabetes, compared with 29.9 per 1,000 person-years for people without diabetes.…

Binge Drinking Trends | News Brief

One in six adults in the United States qualified as being a binge drinker in 2010, according to a study from the CDC. Many of these people appeared to binge drink frequently (4.4 episodes per month) and with high intensity (7.9 drinks per episode).…

Discussions on Medical Imaging Risks | News Brief

A national survey has found that 71% of physicians reported that they educated patients 25% of the time or less about radiation risks when they ordered CT tests. Only 27% reported feeling comfortable educating patients about risks associated with ionizing radiation for medical imaging.…

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