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Mark L. Fuerst

Mark L. Fuerst

Mark Fuerst is a frequent contributor to Consultantlive.com.

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The need for diabetes and cardiac medications is reduced significantly in obese patients who undergo weight-loss surgery, and so are their costs.

A new study found the 30-day complication rate associated with laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to be 3.4%—about the same as with laparascopic cholecystectomy and appendectomy.

Low total serum testosterone was independently associated with greater carotid intima media thickening and endothelial dysfunction but not with atherosclerotic plaques.

"Don't ask, don't tell" seems to apply to gay and bisexual men when it comes to discussions about HIV with their physician. Worrisome details from a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey here.

There is emergent need to improve recognition and management of COPD in HIV-infected patients. Details here.

It's not a new formula, but the study was large and the results significant: almost 4 of 5 MIs may be preventable in men who adhere to 5 healthy habits we're all familiar with.

Sperm concentration, total sperm count, and percentage of spermatozoa with normal morphology are compromised. Whether semen quality is restored if alcohol intake is reduced remains to be seen.

The key to reining in this trend is to link this group to health services as early as possible. The key to linkage, in turn, is testing. A new study finds room for improvement in meeting CDC testing coverage recommendations.

The flu vaccine effectively prevents influenza in pregnant women, regardless of whether they are HIV positive, according to a new study. Results offer clinicians greater assurance to vaccinate all pregnant woman.

A once daily MVC plus DRV/r regimen had an effective role in antiretroviral drug-pretreated individuals with controlled HIV infection in this trial. In an aging HIV-infected population, with increasing comorbidities, this combination could be a safer option than standard triple therapy. More here.

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