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Does Mandatory Weight Loss Before Surgery Harm Patients?

Posted September 19, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

Many surgical clinics require “mandatory” weight loss before approving patients for surgery, a requirement for which there is very little evidence that it influences post-surgical outcomes (despite the rather firm belief of many that it does). While one may perhaps accept the need for pre-surgical weight loss when the primary objective is to make the […]

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Is Food Addiction Better Described As Eating Addiction?

Posted September 16, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

The term “food addiction” has found its way into both the scientific and popular literature. Now, a thoughtful paper by Johannes Hebebrand and colleagues, published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, argues that there is in fact little evidence for addiction to “food” per se (as you would see in addiction to a specific substance) and […]

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Can Targeting Estrogen Receptors Alleviate Binge Eating Disorder?

Posted September 3, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

Binge eating disorder, a loss of control of food intake accompanied by dysphoric mood alterations, is more common in women than in men and may account for as much as 40% of severe obesity seen at bariatric centres. Strangely enough, a new study by Xuehong Cao and colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, […]

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Where have I been?

Posted May 27, 2014 by Zoom!

Where have I been the last few months? I’ve been depressed. I still am, but I’m doing better now than I was. It was bad. It started in December and peaked in February I think. Between crazy workload issues and packing and moving and selling the house and renovations and migraines and awful migraine prevention [...]

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