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Gastrointenstinal Symptoms in Obesity

In a meta-analysis, a team of Australian researchers found that upper abdominal pain, GERD, diarrhea, chest pain or heartburn, vomiting, retching, and incomplete evacuation appeared to be gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that are significantly associated with increasing BMI and obesity. In addition, a number of other GI symptoms had no relationship with obesity, including lower abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or hard stools, nausea, anal blockage, and fecal incontinence. The authors noted that a greater knowledge of the GI symptoms associated with obesity could be important when managing these patients. Abstract: Obesity Reviews, May...

A New Device for GERD

A single-use, surgical device (Linx Reflux Management System, Torax Medical) has been approved by the FDA to treat symptoms associated with GERD. The device is indicated for patients who continue to experience symptoms despite the use of maximum medical therapy. Abstract:...
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