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eaths or serious complications. The five-year follow-up of older adults showed an average BMI reduction of 46 to 33 with a 51 percent reduction in obesity-induced diseases and health conditions. In this group, there was a one percent mortality rate, and 15 percent experienced complications.

‘This study reveals that bariatric surgery is a safe and effective option for all ages, including severely obese adolescents and older adults,’ said Michael Sarr, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic and senior study author. ‘The remarkable decrease in BMI lowers the risk of health complications and increase chances for long-term survival for people battling with obesity. For adolescents especially, early treatment of obesity is instrumental in reducing the long-term health complications associated with obesity.’

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Laparoscopic Nissen Fundolplication (LNF) versus Proton Pump Inhibitors for Treatment of Patients with Chronic Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) [Abstract 256]

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic gastrointestinal disease that affects more than seven million people in the United States, is most commonly treated with medication or surgery to manage disease symptoms. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario conducted a study to evaluate the efficacy of individual versus combined treatment regimens in attempt to further reduce symptoms. Results demonstrated that patients who managed symptoms with a class of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) experienced a significant reduction in symptoms associated with GERD. Proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole and lansoprazole, reduce symptoms and repair erosion to the esophagus by reducing the upswell of acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Doctors perform LNF with a video laparoscope, wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower esophagus to strengthen the control valve to de
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