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Gastric bypass, fertility linked in a few cases

GAstric bypass, fertility linked in a few cases

Weight-loss surgery may have helped restore fertility in a handful of extremely obese women who were unable to have children because of a hormonal imbalance. Researchers reviewed the medical records of 566 women who underwent gastric bypass surgery over nine years, including 31 patients who had been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. All six of the PCOS patients who wanted children conceived within three years of surgery, the researchers found. Dr. Mohammad Jamal, an author of the study and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals, said bariatric surgery often improves blood sugar levels and can reduce resistance to insulin, which studies have linked to PCOS. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery in Orlando.

Cancer drugs on faster track in U.S.

New cancer drugs are approved in just six months on average in the United States, half the time it takes for the same drugs to be approved in Europe, a new report finds. The analysis, published online this month by the journal Health Affairs, appears to rebut critics who have charged that the Food and Drug Administration is less efficient than the European Medicines Agency and has been slower to approve new cancer drugs.

Doctors question insurance accuracy

The American Medical Association says about one in five payments of medical claims by commercial health insurers is inaccurate, shortchanging physicians. The AMA says eliminating mistakes would save doctors and insurers $17 billion a year. Medicare beat all the commercial insurers, with a 96 percent accuracy rate. Lowest-rated was Anthem Blue Cross with 61 percent. Parent company WellPoint says it's expanding electronic claims processing to increase accuracy.

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Correction, Personal Best

Fitness Boot Camp for the Cure will be Saturday, with registration at 7 a.m., at Core Fitness Solution, 13999 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Call (727) 480-3004 for details. Another date appeared in last week's section.


"I tell parents that drowning is quick, it's silent and it's final."

Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy and author of a new report showing that a child dies in a portable pool every five days during warm-weather months.

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