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What's Next in Diets: Chili Peppers?

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A large percentage of the world's population -- fully one third, by the World Health Organization's estimates -- is currently overweight or obese. This staggering statistics has made finding ways to address obesity a top priority for many scientists around the globe, and now a group of researchers at the University of Wyoming has found promise in the potential of capsaicin -- the chief ingredient in chili peppers -- as a diet-based supplement.

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Expert Pitch: Resolve to Lose Weight

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Schizophrenia and Weight Gain: A New Explanation?

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Cannabinoids may be involved in the weight gain that occurs in people with schizophrenia who are treated with the antipsychotic olanzapine, according to a pilot study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (IUSMM) and Université de Montréal (UdeM).

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Facelift Surgery after Massive Weight Loss Poses Challenges, Reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Patients undergoing bariatric surgery for severe obesity are often left with excess, sagging skin affecting all areas of the body—including the face. The unique challenges of facelift surgery in this group of patients—and effective techniques for addressing them—are presented in a paper in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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How to Make Your New Year's Resolution Last One Year, Not One Month

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A Kansas State University kinesiologist breaks down some simple steps to stick to your weight loss resolution for the full year.

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Social Media Can Provide the Support Needed to Maintain Weight Loss

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According to recent research from the Arnold School of Health at the University of South Carolina, use of social media sites like Facebook can be associated with a significant drop in pounds, especially during the critical maintenance period of a weight loss journey.

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Obesity Experts Recommend Weight Loss Drugs, Surgery as Supplement to Lifestyle Interventions

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The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for prescribing drugs to manage obesity and promote weight loss.

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FDA Approves First Medical Device for Obesity Treatment Targeting Brain-to-Stomach Signaling

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EnteroMedic’s VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy, delivered via the Maestro® System, which is the first medical device approved for obesity treatment that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach. The Obesity Society calls this a "a novel device that interrupts signals from the stomach to the brain that are believed to be involved with stomach emptying and feelings of fullness."

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The Medical Minute: Lifestyle Determines Success After Surgical Weight Loss

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With many people staring down New Year’s resolutions related to losing weight, some may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for them. Dr. Ann Rogers, director of Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss, says surgery is only a long-term solution for patients who also resolve to enact some important lifestyle changes.

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Society to Release Clinical Practice Guideline on Obesity Drugs

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During a virtual press conference on January 15, the Endocrine Society will share recommendations from its upcoming Clinical Practice Guideline on the use of prescription drugs to manage obesity.