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Impact of Body Mass Index and Genetics on Warfarin Major Bleeding Outcomes in a Community Setting

Several studies have demonstrated an association between body mass index (BMI) and warfarin therapeutic dose, but none evaluated the association of BMI with the clinically important outcome of major bleeding in a community setting. To address this evidence gap, we conducted a case–control study to evaluate the association between BMI and major bleeding risk among […]

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Beyond Body Mass Index: Advantages of Abdominal Measurements

Sagittal abdominal diameter/height ratio and waist circumference/height ratio are better predictors of cardiometabolic disorders than body mass index. Background The clinical recognition of cardiometabolic disorders might be enhanced by anthropometry based on the sagittal abdominal diameter (SAD; also called “abdominal height”) or waist circumference rather than on weight. Direct comparisons of body mass index (BMI, […]

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CME: Advances in the Management of Obesity

The American Journal of Medicine is offering a new continuing medical education course: Advances in the Management of Patients with Obesity. The course is based upon highlights from the 2013 Obesity Society Annual Meeting. Program Overview ObesityWeek 2013 was held on November 11–16, in Atlanta, GA and presented important data for the successful management of […]

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Surviving Bariatric Surgery

An Uncommon Option for Surviving Bariatric Surgery: Regaining Weight! In November 2011, a 32-year-old woman was admitted to the intensive care unit for acute respiratory failure. She had felt well consistently until February (including 2 pregnancies), when she underwent a noncomplicated sleeve gastrectomy for obesity (body mass index, 47 kg/m2). Her weight gain, unrelated to […]

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BMI & Mortality in Heart Attack Patients

Body Mass Index and Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients The prevalence of obesity in the US has increased substantially in the past few decades. Current estimates place two thirds of adults in the US in the category of overweight or obese as defined by body mass index (BMI). In the general population, obesity is […]

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Obesity and Prostate Cancer Detection: Insights from Three National Surveys

Obese men tend to have lower Prostate Specific Antigen scores, resulting in fewer referrals for biopsies. Consequently, obese men have higher rates of prostate cancer progression. This study recommends that physicians consider a patient’s Body Mass Index when considering a biopsy referral. Abstract Background Previous studies suggest that obesity is associated with higher prostate cancer […]

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