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Date:11/26/2008

nseling (an average of $192 vs. $397) and that telephone counseling offers other benefits to patients in rural communities.

"Because distance represents a major barrier to medical care in rural areas, the availability of a treatment modality that does not require time and costs for travel and attendance at clinic visits represents a potentially important approach to providing ongoing care to rural residents," Perri said.

The researchers said their study, published Monday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, is the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of telephone counseling for long-term weight management of people in rural areas.

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about weight loss for life.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Nov. 24, 2008


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