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1 year ago

Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Announces FDA Approval of the ORBERATM Intragastric Balloon, a Non-Surgical Solution to Assist Patients in Weight Loss

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., a leader in minimally invasive endoscopic surgical products for bariatric and gastrointestinal procedures, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon to assist adult patients suffering from obesity - with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 - in losing and maintaining weight.

The ORBERA balloon is part of the ORBERATM Managed Weight Loss System, a comprehensive, non-surgical two-part program that includes a balloon filling space in a patients stomach to reinforce proper portion control. Data on ORBERA collected

1 year ago

Atlanta Plastic Surgery Practice Promotes Benefits of Gummy Bear Implants | Reuters

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ATLANTA, Sept. 1, 2015

ATLANTA, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Breast implant technology is constantly evolving, and women pursuing breast augmentation surgery have more options than ever. The newest addition, highly cohesive silicone gel implants, is quickly gaining popularity for its natural look and feel, decreased complication rate, and quick results. These form-stable, shaped gel silicone implants are often referred to as "gummy bear implants" because of their texture, which resembles the firm yet pliable consistency of gummy bear candies.

"There are several benefits to shaped gel implants, including increased safety and a more natural look," says Dr. Paul D. Feldman, one of the board certified plastic surgeons at Advanced Aesthetics. "For the right patient, these implants can offer a beautiful, long-lasting result."

The texture, placement technique, and highly cohesive gel of these implants make them one of the safer options currently available. According to board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edward S. Gronka, there is a lower complication rate, including a decreased risk of capsular contracturea condition that involves the painful development of scar tissue that can tighten and squeeze the breast implant. "Capsular contracture continues to be a concern for breast augmentation patients, though this uncomfortable condition is becoming increasingly rare," states Dr. Gronka. "Shaped gel implants further lessen the risk, giving many women increased peace of mind."

Additionally, shaped gel implants offer a number of aesthetic benefits for the right patient. Although these implants are firmer than previous generations, the cohesive silicone gel provides a stable though flexible consistency that resembles the look and feel of natural breast tissue. The shape and texture of the implant also reduces the risk of rippling and implant visibility, particularly for more petite patients.

"While highly cohesive silicone gel implants aren't the right fit for everyone, there are a number of women who benefit greatly from them," says board certified surgeon Joseph Raniere, Jr., M.D. points out. "Women without much natural breast tissue, athletes, and breast reconstruction patients are all wonderful candidates."

A benefit all patients can enjoy is the reduced recovery timeline: gummy bear implants offer faster visible results and don't require the usual six month settling period typical of other implants. Over time, they are also less likely to rupture, collapse, or develop other long-term complications that can arise.

"Patients interested in gummy bear breast implants in Atlanta should first and foremost schedule an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon," says Joel M. Stewart, Jr. M.D. "A thorough consultation with an experienced surgeon is the best way to determine if a patient is a good match for highly cohesive breast implants."

About Advanced Aesthetics, PC: Advanced Aesthetics is one of the most successful Atlanta-area cosmetic surgery practices, with offices in four south Atlanta locations: Fayetteville, LaGrange, McDonough, and Newnan. Advanced Aesthetics and Truffles MediSpa share the building at One Prestige Park, 874 West Lanier Avenue, Suite 100, Fayetteville, GA 30214. They can be reached by phone at 770-461-4000 or at their website.

Media Contact: Dr. Edward S. Gronka, Advanced Aesthetics, PC, 770-461-4000,

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1 year ago

Fired medical marijuana researcher loses appeal to keep university job

TUCSON, Ariz. A fired University of Arizona professor who was studying the effects of medical marijuana on military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has lost an appeal to regain her job.

Suzanne Sisley was let go last month because funding for part of the work she did with the medical school was running out and because the telemedicine program she worked with is shifting direction, the university said in a letter. Sisley claims she was targeted by conservative state legislators who disapproved of her research.

Sisley had federal approval to conduct the controlled study.

Sisley and her supporters will ask the Arizona Board of Regents to help her find a new home for the study. She is hoping to work with Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University.

1 year ago

ObamaCare vs. neglect --what's better for your health?

Most Americans -- even those who are legislators -- know very little about the details of President Obamas Affordable Care Act, so-called "ObamaCare." Next year, when it goes into effect, we will learn the hard way.

Many people lazily assume that the law will do roughly what it promises: give insurance to the uninsured and lower the cost of health care by limiting spending on dubious procedures.

Dont count on it.

Consider just the complexity: The act itself is more than 906 pages long, and again and again in those 906 pages are the words, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations ...


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1 year ago

It's Advisable Never To Ditch The Dentist

It's been a busy day for Yelp, as the River Bluff Dentistry is being propounded with negative reviews after W Palmer, probably the most hated dentist from Minnesota and in the United States, paid a private safari group $55,000 to kill Cecil the lion following your handsome cat was lured out of the Hwange National Park inside the Gwayi Conservancy where he ended up protected. Your Oxfordshire dentist will discuss who may be best suited to do the job in your particular case. When I'm wanting to locate a dentist in my area that may meet my needs, I always consider the following things: Where is dentist's office located? If the office is a long way away or has limited parking, then this can be a

1 year ago

Beyoncé Admits: 'I Have Struggled Since a Young Age With Diets'

Beyonc is opening up how she stays in such great shape.

The singer sticks to a plant-based diet outlined by exercise physiologist Marco Borges in his new book "The 22-Day Revolution."

"I am not naturally the thinnest woman," she said on "Good Morning America. "And I have struggled since a young age with diets. And finding something that actually works and actually keeps the weight off has been difficult for me."

The plan is based on the theory that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Borges, who created a meal delivery system with the singer, advises clients to go vegan and avoid gluten, alcohol and soy for 22 days. Weight loss is a byproduct of the plan, but the main focus is to improve one's health. According to the performer, there are other perks as well.

"I felt like my skin was really firm, a lot tighter than when I Hoodia weight loss deprived myself of food," she said. "[And, I] got the weight off fast, and the weight stayed off."

1 year ago


Al DeLuise

A few years ago I woke up, opened my eyes, and was petrified to find myself blind in my right eye. It was like a painted window, there was no sunlight except for a small sliver that fell in at the top. I rubbed my eyes, but no change. I jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom. I stared at myself in the mirror. Everything looked fine on the outside, but still nothing.