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The war on obesity has just received  some relief, with the recent FDA clearance of a new weight-loss device.  The Maestro Rechargeable System, developed by the EnteroMedics® Inc., provides VBLOC® (vagal blocking) Therapy, which, according to the manufacturer, is a “non-anatomy altering or restricting, reversible therapy that allows patients to safely lose weight by helping patients feel less hungry, reduce the amount of food eaten at a meal, and feel full longer in between meals.”  Regarded as a “pacemaker for the stomach,” the technology works by blocking the primary nerve which regulates the digestive system.

According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults live with obesity. The estimated annual cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008, accounting for more than approximately 21% of U.S. healthcare costs.  The Maestro Rechargeable System has been approved for for the treatment of adult obesity among individuals who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 to 45 kg/m2 (or at least 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition) and who have made other attempts at weight loss  within the past five years.   EnteroMedics® anticipates that the device will be available at select Bariatric Centers of Excellence in the U.S. this year.

THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT-LOSS DEVICE!


GG Gravity

The Golden Globes signify the beginning of Awards Season, where big and small-screen A-listers mingle in a relaxed setting.  While white gowns seemed to dominate the red carpet Sunday, the most-talked-about looks were defined by plunging necklines and buoyant breasts.  Some were quite successful, while others need to reconsider their, er, resources.  Both Kate Hudson and Rosamund Pike would have benefitted from some slight tailoring.  A raised strap often minimizes gaping.  Ms. Lopez, on the other hand, simply needed to mind her fashion tape a bit, as the application was a bit one-sided.

GLITZ, GLAMOUR, & GRAVITY-DEFYING AT THE GLOBES!


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STYLE AND SUBSTANCE TRUMP ALL!

Proving that brains are the hallmark of any great beauty, the French fashion house, Céline, revealed  Joan Didion, 80, the legendary author and 70′s style icon, as the face of its Spring 2015 campaign.  Photographed by Juergen Teller, Didion sports signature statement sunglasses and an elegant black sweater with an oversized gold pendant.  It is the timeless esthetic of creative director, Phoebe Philo, that makes Céline a leader in the luxury marketplace.

 

AGELESS BEAUTY!