Ocshner North Shore surgeons now offer an incision-free procedure to treat heartburn. The EsophyX TIF procedure is performed through the mouth and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus, restoring the natural anatomy and preventing further acid reflux. Benefits from this procedure include faster recovery times, reduced risk of complications, pain reduction and absence of visible scars.

 On Oct. 22, the annual Susan G Komen Race for the Cure® will take place at City Park as a benefit for various breast cancer research and awareness programs. The distance of the walk is five kilometers, and participants are welcome to run or walk as individuals or as part of a group. The organization hopes to raise $200,000 for this event. To sign up or find more information, visit KomenNewOrleans.org.

LSU Health Sciences Center recently identified differences in metabolic disease markers in healthy and obese children aged 7 to 9. Researchers studied 123 children from southeast Louisiana, and by Body Mass Index Z-scores, 23.6 percent of them were obese. Led by Dr. Melinda Sothern, professor of public health, the study revealed that the obese children had nearly three times the liver fat and almost double the belly fat of their non-obese counterparts; also, insulin resistance was more than double. The amount of body fat, as well as its location – especially in the liver – plays a role in disease development. “The substantial variation in biomarkers … suggests that obesity in this age group may disrupt normal metabolism, impairing glucose tolerance and increasing the risk for type 2 diabetes later in life,” said Sothern in a press release published by LSU.