Top stories in health and medicine, January 21, 2013

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1. Weight Stays Off Long Term After Bariatric Surgery. Obese patients maintained about 50% excess weight loss for as long as 15 years after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, (LAGB).

2. Obama Take 2: Tobacco, Obesity Key in Second Term. The second term of an Obama administration will be marked for implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the president also wants to focus on lowering tobacco use and obesity rates, a senior administration official said.

3. Flu Epidemic: Fact or Fiction? Good hygiene might help keep the flu at bay, but there are some dirty hands at work in the government, Big Pharma, and the media, all of which are manipulating the spread of the virus.

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