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Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup – Bon Appétit

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INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick

1 celery stalk, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick

12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup orzo

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Lemon halves (for serving)

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add leek and celery and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft, 5-8 minutes. Add chicken and broth; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Let cool, then shred chicken into bite-size pieces.

Meanwhile, return broth to a boil. Add orzo and cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes.

Remove pot from heat. Stir in chicken and dill. Serve with lemon halves for squeezing over.

via Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup – Bon Appétit.

Stampnote: A note-taking app that time stamps your work so you have a timeline and chronology of events

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Taking notes on your iOS device has been made incredibly easy with its powerful features and numerous options for apps that aid in the action. Today’s app is one such offering, and it has a unique feature that should intrigue you.

Stampnote is a note-taking app that time stamps your notes as you write them. This allows you to build a chronology and timeline of your note for anything from legal cases to pilot logbooks, or even just for keeping track of your work, billable hours, and a journal. It’s a clean layout that support Dynamic Type text size, and shows you entries grouped by day. You can tap and modify the date and time of the timestamp if you wish, and quickly add or remove years/months from the date. If you need to export, you can do that in a .csv file, and copy notes to your clipboard. It’s simple and very to the point, but also quite useful, so give Stampnote a look and see if it will help your workflow.

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via Stampnote: A note-taking app that time stamps your work so you have a timeline and chronology of events | App Saga.

Russell Brand: ‘Drugs legal within 20 years’

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Comedian Russell Brand has told the BBC he predicts much of the world will have de-criminalised all drugs within the next two decades.

Brand, who is a former heroin addict, backs abstinence based recovery from addiction, rather than use of substitutes like Methodone.

But he told the BBC\’s Mark Easton he believed drug policy based on criminalising users was doomed and governments would adopt a new strategy to reflect that.

via BBC News – Russell Brand: ‘Drugs legal within 20 years’.

NHS waiting time data for elective surgery ‘unreliable’

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The NAO has urged NHS England to apply greater scrutiny to waiting-time statistics

Patients in England cannot rely on information on waiting times for non-emergency operations, such as knee and hip replacements, a watchdog says.

The National Audit Office (NAO) found wrong and inconsistent recording after reviewing 650 cases in seven trusts.

The watchdog said it was unable to discern whether this was deliberate, but overall the practices concealed delays rather than over-recorded waits.

The government said the issue would be investigated.

The NAO said that the lack of reliability, whatever the causes, was harmful to patients because it hampered their ability to make informed choices about where to choose to have their treatment.

It also called into question whether the NHS was actually meeting its waiting-time targets.

Greater scrutiny

There are more than 19 million referrals for elective operations each year.

Patients are meant to be treated within 18 weeks of a referral and the NHS is currently meeting its targets on this – but only just and the report noted there was growing pressure on waiting times.

The waits are monitored and recorded by hospitals themselves.

They have the power to pause the clock if a patient is unavailable for appointments for personal or social reasons.

The patient can also be sent back to their GP – which means the clock starts all over again – if they fail to attend appointments.

But the watchdog said this leeway was being applied wrongly or inconsistently.

Of the 650 orthopaedic cases reviewed, the watchdog found that more than half were “not supported by documented evidence or were incorrectly recorded”.

  • In 281 cases, waiting times had been correctly recorded and were supported by documented evidence
  • In 202 cases, waiting times were not supported by enough evidence to say whether they had been correctly recorded
  • In a further 167 cases, there was “evidence of at least one error, leading to under and over-recording of waiting time”, with an overall under-recording of three weeks per patient

The NAO also highlighted other cases that were brought to its attention during the review.

These included North West London Hospitals Trust failing to record the waiting times of 2,700 of its inpatients, while Barnet and Chase Farm failed to properly monitor more than 2,000 patients. The problems have now been rectified.

There is also the well-publicised case of Colchester Hospital’s misrecording of cancer waiting times.

‘Deliberate manipulation’

The report urged NHS England to apply greater scrutiny to waiting-time statistics to establish what was really happening.

NAO head Amyas Morse said: “Performance information should be reliable.

“However, we have found significant errors and inconsistencies in how trusts record waiting times, masking a good deal of variation between trusts in actual waiting times.”

Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, said the findings were “concerning”, accusing the NHS of deliberately manipulating the figures.

“The care and welfare of patients must always come first, and managers’ efforts to try and ‘fudge’ their figures to meet targets will inevitably divert attention from providing high-quality care for the patients.”

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: “What this report reveals is real, huge questions now over what we are being told by the government about the NHS and waiting times.

“I’ll be writing to Jeremy Hunt today to say there must be an urgent review into NHS waiting time statistics so that the public can have confidence in them.”

NHS England said action would be taken.

“We firmly believe it is essential to have accurate information provided in a timely way to ensure better care for patients,” said NHS England’s director of policy and strategy, Bill McCarthy.

A spokeswoman for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “It’s crucial that reporting is always accurate, and we will work with the NHS to make sure hospital staff get the support they need to get this right.”

via BBC News – NHS waiting time data for elective surgery ‘unreliable’.

Head space: Finding a way to do 3D surgery on the brain

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Surgeons carry out operations on the brain using 3D technology

 

When Avi Yaron was 26 years old he had a motorbike accident – a day he describes as the luckiest of his life.

As doctors scanned his head to check for damage, they found a tumour deep inside his brain which may otherwise have remained undetected.

And in 1993 the electronic engineering student from Israel was told the mass they had just discovered was nestling close to areas of the brain critical for movement and thought.

He now faced a choice – to have complex, invasive surgery that carried a risk of paralysis, or to find another way.

After a year of searching, Mr Yaron came across a surgeon in New York who removed part of the tumour successfully, and samples showed it was benign. The engineer was then advised to wait until technology had improved enough for the next operation to be less risky.

But for Mr Yaron this was not an option. The possibility remained it could put pressure on parts of the brain as it grew.

He said: “I was young and thinking of starting a family. I could not be passive about this sword hanging over my head.”

After five years of seeking out key surgeons and experts in technology, Mr Yaron had the rest of the tumour removed during a conventional operation – with good results.

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The whole team wears 3D glasses and watches the surgery unfold on screens in the operating theatre

But this epic search for better surgical options continued to play on his mind. He kept thinking of and experimenting with ways to do brain surgery in a less invasive way.

And over the last few years he perfected a way to do surgery on the brain – in 3D.

Surgery through a scope

In the last 25 years minimally invasive surgery has become commonplace for the relatively easy-to-reach areas of the body, such as keyhole surgery on the abdomen and womb. And more recently surgeons have been able to use scopes (tube-like instruments) in brain surgery too.


Case study

Photo of Elizabeth Watson
  • 71-year-old Elizabeth Watson is one of the first patients in the UK to have had an operation using this system (2013)
  • She had a benign tumour growing on her pituitary – a key hormone-producing gland in the brain
  • She says: “The new equipment helped convince me to have the operation. It looks as though it has been really successful”

During these procedures a thin scope is inserted via a surgically-made or naturally-occurring port in the skin. A camera attached to the end of the scope relays images to a screen for the surgeon to see.

And surgical instruments are passed down the scopes to take samples of tissues or remove masses.

Early versions allowed surgeons to look at 2D images in standard definition, evolving over the last decade into more high definition systems.

Surgeons constantly translate these 2D images into 3D as they operate, much as we do when watching 2D television screens.

More recently 3D technology has become available for certain types of operation. But 3D brain surgery has been a much harder feat to achieve.

In neurosurgery the scopes need to be very small in diameter so they can pass through narrow ports such as the nose.

But most 3D scopes rely on two optical channels – each containing a single sensor. Each sensor collects two separate images that are then mixed together to give the appearance of three dimensions as a user looks at the screen – mirroring the way human eyes see.

It has so far proved difficult to make an instrument small enough that is able to produce the high-quality images neurosurgeons need.

‘Insect eye’

But Mr Yaron says his team have cracked this puzzle by thinking laterally. Rather than copying human anatomy, their scope mimics the compound eye of a bee.

The scope contains a miniature sensor with hundreds of thousands of micron-sized elements, each looking in slightly different directions and mapping the surgical field from many different points.

Using software this is translated into images for the left and right eye. Using this single sensor system, Mr Yaron’s company, Visionsense, have produced a scope small enough to operate on the brain.

Shahzada Ahmed from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham who carried out one of the first 3D endoscopic neurosurgical procedures in the UK says: “A bit like going to the movies, Avatar is a great movie in HD but it is an even better one in 3D.

“When I use the scope there is a better appreciation of depth and the pictures feel more real to me.”


3D brain surgery: possible uses

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  • Removal of tumours and masses at the base of the skull and in the nose
  • Removal of pituitary tumours
  • Sinus surgery

It also allows him to see his instruments in 3D, which he feels gives him a better understanding of where they are in relation to key parts of anatomy.

Model brain

A number of studies are now being carried out to see if the 3D approach is better than commonly used 2D high definition systems.

Hani Marcus, a neurosurgeon at the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London recently compared the scope to conventional tools, using a model brain and surgeons who are novices to this endoscopic approach.

The study suggests the 3D aspect is beneficial – leading to a faster operation and subjective improvements in depth perception.

But Mr Marcus says it would be a mistake to automatically assume 3D is definitely better than 2D, and thinks further studies are needed.

There are a number of potential problems – surgeons who are already used to seeing 2D may find this approach hard to get used to.

And just as some people don’t enjoy watching 3D films and feel slightly nauseous, the same may hold for some surgeons.

But for Mr Yaron, whose scope is now being used in the US and across Europe, this invention is the bright side of an issue that has been playing on his mind for many years.

He says: “If I hadn’t had this accident I wouldn’t have been able to offer this solution. And I really know how it feels to need options.”

via BBC News – Head space: Finding a way to do 3D surgery on the brain.

Davos 2014: OECD highlights mental health in workplace

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, is using the World Economic Forum to highlight the issue of stress in the workplace.

The OECD says it is one of the key challenges – in the UK alone, nearly 500,000 people were off work for mental health reasons last year.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria told BBC World that white-collar workers were more prone to stress but there did not to appear to be any further link to type of employment.

via BBC News – Davos 2014: OECD highlights mental health in workplace.

工作爆量要吃「黑」!頭皮才會發毛

年節前工作壓力特別大,睡眠、作息不正常,很容易導致掉髮。
年節前工作壓力特別大,睡眠、作息不正常,很容易導致掉髮。

 

年關近了,不少民眾要了應付年節前大量出貨、關帳,所以壓力特別大,睡眠、作息也不正常,加上這段期間又經常參加尾牙、聚餐,飲食多攝取高油脂食物,造成頭皮毛囊萎縮,掉髮問題層出不窮。中醫師表示,不妨適度攝取「黑色食物」,才能預防掉髮,讓頭皮發毛!

肝血虧虛 容易掉髮

中醫師袁國山表示,以中醫角度來看,認為「腎藏精,其華在髮」,並且「肝藏血,髮為血之餘」,所以,頭髮能反映一個人肝、腎健康狀態,也就是「腎精」、「肝血」是否充沛。一個人若腎精不足,頭髮易失去光澤,提早出現白髮;而肝血虧虛的話,沒有足夠養分可送達末梢頭皮,就比較容易掉髮。

此外,掉髮問題既與腎精消耗過度、肝血不足密切相關,可從改善氣血著手,運用當歸、何首烏等具補血功效的藥材,並輔以丹蔘、桃仁使氣血活絡,還可透過桑葚、熟地、枸杞、黑芝麻及黑棗等藥材養肝腎,使血液循環暢通,讓萎縮的毛囊重獲新生。

預防掉髮藥方 千金生髮草

中醫師袁國山推荐一道預防掉髮的藥方「千金生髮草」,主要成分包括:夜交藤、珍珠、紫牡丹、青木香、龍膽草花等天然植物精華,含有多種自然毛髮再生激素,能有效調養肝腎,恢復萎縮毛囊之再生機能,使原本童山濯濯的頭頂,短時間內達到毛髮再生、頭髮烏黑柔亮的效果。

中醫師建議,有掉髮困擾的民眾,可以多吃一些黑色食物,包括黑豆、黑芝麻、黑木耳等。(圖片/本報資料照片)

中醫師建議,有掉髮困擾的民眾,可以多吃一些黑色食物,包括黑豆、黑芝麻、黑木耳等。(圖片/本報資料照片)

 

多吃黑色食物 改善掉髮

除了服用藥物外,飲食上,中醫認為腎主「黑」,一般黑色食物多入腎,可補益腎精,所以建議有掉髮困擾的民眾,可以多吃一些黑色食物,包括黑豆、黑芝麻、黑木耳、桑葚、黑糯米等,有助預防、改善掉髮。

此外,正常作息也很重要,因為作息越不規律、壓力越大的生活,都容易導致掉髮,頭髮恢復期也相對拉長,所以,在農曆春節前這段期間,民眾應該盡量放鬆心情,便能有效減少頂上煩惱。

via 工作爆量要吃「黑」!頭皮才會發毛 | 20140123 | 華人健康網.

肝臟不油膩!飯前吃一點酸甜糖蒜

實驗發現,大蒜中的大蒜素和大蒜油具有降血脂和控制脂肪的作用,有助於消除脂肪肝。

實驗發現,大蒜中的大蒜素和大蒜油具有降血脂和控制脂肪的作用,有助於消除脂肪肝。

 

最近又胖了嗎?上班族年底大小宴會聚餐不斷,右手夾肉、左手舉杯,不知不覺吃下大量脂肪,加上工作忙碌、壓力大,新陳代謝變慢,內臟囤積太多脂肪,腰腹也胖了一大圈。中醫師表示,若容易虛胖、手腳冰冷的人,平常可多吃糖蒜消減脂肪肝,搭配山楂、貝母加強脂肪代謝,讓身體裡裡外外擺脫「油膩膩」的負擔。

糖蒜酸甜又可口 消除脂肪肝更easy

現代人交際應酬多,常因過度飲酒、進食滋膩食物而導致脂肪肝和肥胖,中國大陸養生專家朱曉平曾在其著作中提到,大蒜中的大蒜素和大蒜油成分具有降血脂和控脂的功能,能減少脂肪對肝臟的損害,防治高脂飲食或酒精過量所引起的脂肪肝,但大蒜的有效成分易受高溫破壞,建議生吃的效果為佳,且食用時機最好在飲食前。

不過,生大蒜口味辛辣且易生口臭困擾,一般人難以接受。朱曉平表示,生大蒜可改用「糖蒜」取代,將大蒜浸泡在米醋裡,加上紅糖後密封約10天即可製成。糖漬後的大蒜,不僅不會破壞大蒜裡的有效成分,還能大幅減少辛辣味,口味變得酸甜,讓吃蒜防治脂肪肝變得簡單又輕鬆。

清除脂肪肝分證型 山楂泡水更通用

國內中醫師黃慧娟表示,依據不同原因形成的脂肪肝,治療和調理方法也更有不同,一般來說,糖蒜比較適合因氣虛體質所造成的脂肪肝。大蒜具有溫補腎陽、強心的作用,紅糖也有溫補活血的功能,兩者併用,可調理氣虛體質所引起的肥胖問題。這類患者普遍有手腳冰冷、疲倦、易胖卻不一定吃的多、虛胖、腹部腫大、新陳代謝不佳等症狀。

黃慧娟中醫師表示,山楂性溫,可促進血液循環,幫助代謝脂肪、開脾健胃。

黃慧娟中醫師表示,山楂性溫,可促進血液循環,幫助代謝脂肪、開脾健胃。

 

若患者屬於脂肪型肥胖、內臟脂肪多、痰濕體質,較適合使用山楂、貝母等中藥材,加強脂肪代謝,消除脂肪肝。若屬於氣滯血瘀、容易腹脹的脂肪肝體質,則可加減使用丹參、柴胡、茵陳,疏肝理氣,行氣化瘀。而上班族壓力大、肝胃火熱、消化不良、易便祕,則可以使用大黃、黃芩,幫助代謝多餘脂肪。

相較於生大蒜或糖蒜,黃慧娟中醫師表示,山楂更常被使用於臨床,相對安全,每天取20克山楂沖泡熱水,每天飲用2至3次,可廣泛消除和預防肥胖型、血瘀型、氣虛型脂肪肝。值得注意的是,山楂雖有促進血液循環、降血脂、消食化積的作用,卻也會有刮胃的問題,腸胃功能差或胃氣虛的人應減量食用。

via 肝臟不油膩!飯前吃一點酸甜糖蒜 | 20140123 | 華人健康網.

過年指尖秀!指甲美容藏甲溝炎危機

過年就是要美美的,就連指甲也不例外,古代有精美的甲套可妝點,現代人則靠各式指甲彩繪增添指尖魅力。不過,醫師提醒,指甲彩繪或美容其實暗藏風險,常見因不當修剪引發甲溝炎,指甲嚴重變形或反覆發作,甚至需做甲床重建,女性妝點指甲前應注意修剪方式。(影音/攝影記者汪旻駿)

 

美甲時尚當道,許多女性將指甲視為個人魅力的展現關鍵點,定期做指甲美容和保養。(圖片提供/美甲師貝貝)

美甲時尚當道,許多女性將指甲視為個人魅力的展現關鍵點,定期做指甲美容和保養。(圖片提供/美甲師貝貝)

 

指甲彩繪藏危機 甲溝炎最常見

整形外科醫師嚴烱誥表示,做指甲彩繪或美容時,若修型不良,指甲剪太短,特別是兩側剪太多,指甲呈現尖圓形狀,容易傷到手指周邊皮膚,細菌或黴菌窩藏在指甲邊緣的甲溝處,導致甲溝炎發作。此外,若修剪指甲時乾皮(指甲根部與皮膚組織的連結處)去除過多,或使用含機溶劑彩繪或卸除指甲油,也會傷害指甲的角質組織,使指甲變色、脆化,嚴重時甚至會有指甲周圍組織過敏、發炎的症狀。

過去曾有一名甲溝炎患者,因指甲彩繪產品含有機溶劑,長時間接觸手指,造成指甲脆化、指道窩藏細菌而反覆發炎和化膿,連帶削減周圍皮膚的屏障能力,使組織破損和甲溝炎惡化,導致指甲變薄、形狀改變,需甲床重建才能恢復指甲外觀。

臨床常見因指甲修剪失當引發甲溝炎的個案,嚴重者甚至需進行甲床重建手術。(圖片提供/嚴烱誥醫師)

臨床常見因指甲修剪失當引發甲溝炎的個案,嚴重者甚至需進行甲床重建手術。(圖片提供/嚴烱誥醫師)

 

甲溝炎反覆發作 嚴重需靠甲床重建

一般來說,甲床重建手術以腳趾較為常見,但偶爾仍可遇見因手部指甲修剪不當所產生的甲溝炎案例,初期經皮膚科醫師治療細菌和黴菌,通常可在短時間內痊癒。

嚴烱誥醫師表示,若甲溝炎患部已出現肉芽組織或反覆發作累積3次以上,代表病情相當嚴重,單靠藥物處方已無法有效控制發炎,需透過清創和甲床重建手術,才能避免復發。

甲床重建手術新觀念 局部切除生長點

指甲的結構主要包括指甲、甲床、生長點(又稱為「指甲基質」)。甲床的功能是供應指甲所需營養,本身不會讓指甲變長,左右寬度比上層的指甲寬,一旦指甲生長插入甲床,或因甲溝炎侵害甲床,嚴重時需進行甲床重建手術。真正影響指甲長度的關鍵在於生長點,指甲從源頭的生長點根部長到與指尖等齊,需要8個月至1年的時間。

 

甲床位於指甲下方,僅提供指甲所需營養,但影響指甲生長速度和長度的卻是生長點。(製圖/汪旻駿)

甲床位於指甲下方,僅提供指甲所需營養,但影響指甲生長速度和長度的卻是生長點。(製圖/汪旻駿)

 

甲床重建可治療嚴重性甲溝炎,但傳統甲床重建手術即為甲床根除手術,切除患部下方的甲床再與旁邊的組織縫合,但手指周邊神經密集,患者術後常有傷口大、劇烈疼痛長達2周、修復期長的煩惱,且隨著生長點的指甲漸漸外推變長,無法通過更狹小的甲床空間,容易使新生指甲長到甲床組織裡,增加周圍組織破損和甲溝炎的風險。

新式甲床重建手術,只要切除局部生長點就能預防甲溝炎復發,相較於傳統手術,傷口更小、修復期更短。(製圖/汪旻駿)

新式甲床重建手術,只要切除局部生長點就能預防甲溝炎復發,相較於傳統手術,傷口更小、修復期更短。(製圖/汪旻駿)

 

進行傳統甲床重建的甲溝炎患者,復發率幾乎百分百,較適合的方法應該針對生長點「下刀」,只針對甲床病灶處做清創,不一定要完全切除,只需切除病灶根部的生長點,沒有新的指甲長出來,未來指甲造成周圍組織缺損和甲溝炎的風險也較低。此外,新式甲床重建手術的手術範圍和傷口相對小很多,能減少疼痛感,縮短修復期。

預防甲溝炎 先建立剪甲和美甲正確觀念

平常需要保養指甲嗎?嚴烱誥醫師表示,在飲食均衡之下,指甲其實不需要做額外的特殊保養,只要注意正確的指甲修剪方式,且養成不過度頻繁做美容指甲的習慣即可。

修剪指甲時應避免兩側剪得太深、拚命往指肉組織挖,形狀以方形為宜;做美甲時也要慎選有專業執照的美甲師和衛生的環境,美甲次數不宜過於頻繁,以1至2個月做一次為限,且避免使用含有機溶劑的產品,每天洗完澡後應仔細吹乾指甲間溝和雕花的水分,且擦指緣油和護手霜增加指甲濕潤度。

via 過年指尖秀!指甲美容藏甲溝炎危機 | 20140123 | 華人健康網.

減重新招!直吞胃氣球填飽肚子

對於嚴重肥胖者來說,過去可能必須開刀手術治療,現在有種新科技能讓你用吞的在胃部裝氣球!(圖片/取材自英國《每日郵報》)
對於嚴重肥胖者來說,過去可能必須開刀手術治療,現在有種新科技能讓你用吞的在胃部裝氣球!(圖片/取材自英國《每日郵報》)

 

不管吃了多少食物,總還是覺得胃空空如也嗎?天生就食量大的人肯定很困擾,總是吃太多導致身上肥肉難消,而對於過度肥胖的人來說,甚至需要在胃部放入胃內水球以增加胃部體積,才能減少空腹感。不過,美國近日推出新式胃氣球減肥,不須開刀可直接吞下肚,會自動在胃中膨脹,達到可在3個月減7.7公斤左右的新式減肥法。

胃氣球免開刀 3個月減7公斤

根據英國《每日郵報》報導指出,過去如要使用在胃部放水球的方式來減少空腹感,必須動開刀手術將水球放進胃裡。不僅費時又容易產生副作用不適症狀;有鑑於此,一款新的胃部水球應運而生,不用開刀,只需要吞入一顆膠囊大小的藥丸,吞食後膠囊會自行溶解,內部的氣閥就會自動充氣,佔據胃部空間。

胃氣球脹起來約一顆蘋果大小,會停留在胃部上方幫助患者減少空腹感,自然可以控制食慾與食量,且經過30天後可以再放入第2顆氣球,60天後放入第3顆,視患者肥胖情形而定,最多可放入3顆,3個月後再利用內視鏡手術取出。

專家表示,減重不能光依賴手術,自發性的運動與飲食控制才是基本條件。

專家表示,減重不能光依賴手術,自發性的運動與飲食控制才是基本條件。

 

生產此款「Obalon」胃氣球的醫技公司表示,先前在英、美皆有臨床實驗結果顯示,使用者平均3個月可以減重7.7公斤左右。使用2顆胃氣球的療程要價約2995歐元(約12萬台幣),主要是針對部份有到達嚴重過胖、須符合進行減重手術的人使用,一般民眾並不太需要。

歐洲合法使用 美尚未通過

在臨床實驗中,一名43歲的男性表示,本身家中就有心臟病與糖尿病史,因此更需要積極控制體重,以免中老年健康情形更不樂觀,而使用此種吞式胃氣球省去了開刀的麻煩,使用意願大增,只要再配合日常健康飲食與規律運動,就能順利減重成功。

不過,此款產品目前僅通過歐盟認可,並在奧地利、比利時、德國、義大利、盧森堡、荷蘭、西班牙和英國都已有醫院提供此款方式,不過在美國尚未經過美國食品藥物管理局(FDA)認可。

肝膽腸胃科醫師蕭敦仁表示,吞入胃氣球的方式,就是簡單利用將胃部空間佔滿的方法,吃東西就比較容易有飽足感,國內4年前也有引進類似這樣的減重方法,約半年可減15%~20%的體重。然而,不論是在胃部放水球還是氣球,減重仍舊要靠飲食均衡與規律運動習慣,否則當把胃氣球取出後,就可能會有腹胖隱憂,反而徒勞無功。

via 減重新招!直吞胃氣球填飽肚子 | 20140122 | 華人健康網.

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