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Outcomes from adolescent bariatric surgery are equally as good as for adults, but the operations carries complications. Five year results from the Adolescent Morbid Obesity Surgery (AMOS) study revealed that patients weighed on average 28 per cent... (more)

18/01/17 - Opinion/blog

Morbid obesity is a significant problem in México and is being countered by the growing field of bariatric surgery. The annual meeting of the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (Colegio Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas,... (more)
12/01/17 - News

Researchers have found that the serum stearic acid/palmitic acid (S/P) ratio was a reliable marker in predicting diabetes remission and assessing metabolic status, and may one day help clinicians predict the outcome of roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Ultimately, this study... (more)
06/01/17 - News

Bariatric surgery can slim your body, but attitude and behaviour also play key roles in long-term weight loss, according to researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. They found that two years after surgery, those who reported increased enjoyment of exercise and eating... (more)

Post-op GI complaints

04/01/17

Although laparoscopic gastric bypass is an effective treatment for obesity, a new study has reported that patients who undergo the surgery often...

05/01/17 - News

Bariatric surgery improves the quality of life of (QoL) patients – and using the Moorehead–Ardelt Quality of Life Questionnaire II (MA II) – researchers were able to identify those factors patients associated with improvements in the QoL. They report that QoL among obese... (more)
04/01/17 - News

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have discovered that a deficiency of the enzyme prohormone covertase (PC1) in the brain is linked to most of the neuro-hormonal abnormalities in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a genetic condition that causes extreme hunger and... (more)
03/01/17 - News

Certain type 2 diabetes drugs promote weight loss, but how they do this remains poorly understood. Insight into how these drugs work in the body - and especially the brain - could help create new drugs that effectively control body weight. In an important advance on that front... (more)

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29/12/16 - Research
Childhood obesity
The prevalence of obesity in England has risen from 9.1 per cent in 2014-15 to 9.3 per cent in 2015-16 for children in reception (2) and from 19.1 per cent to 19.8 per cent for those in year 6, according to a report from the National Child Measurement Programme (data source - NHS Digital). The... (more)
21/12/16 - Policy
NASPGHAN guidelines
A screening test for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is recommended for all obese children aged nine to eleven years, according to clinical practice guidelines developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and published in the... (more)
19/12/16 - Research
Signaling pathway
A signaling pathway in fat cells may one day provide the key to better treatments for obesity, according to research by scientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Ordinary fat cells (white adipocytes) stuff themselves with fat molecules to store up energy, and... (more)
16/12/16 - Research
ZG16 protein
Deficiency in a certain protein in the gastrointestinal tract has been shown to lead to both inflammation and abdominal fat accumulation in mice. The discovery of a bacteria-binding protein provides yet another piece of the puzzle of how humans are affected, or not, by the large quantities of... (more)
15/12/16 - Industry
Product approval
Mederi Therapeutics Inc. has announced regulatory approval by CFDA and product launch in China for Stretta Therapy, a non-surgical treatment for chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Stretta procedures were recently performed and broadcast live during the Chinese Congress of Digestive... (more)
13/12/16 - Research
Gut microbe
Gut microbes are known to have a routine moving a few micrometers from one part of the intestinal lining to another and then returning to their original position. However, research in mice has revealed that the regular timing of these small movements can influence a host animal's circadian rhythms... (more)