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Bariatric surgery may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a study, “Long-term change in urinary incontinence among severely obese women following bariatric surgery,” presented at the American Urogynecologic Society and the... (more)

24/07/14 - News

The number of obese and overweight children in the world could increase from 44 million in 2012 to 75 million by 2025, according to a report for the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is faster than the growth rate from 1990, when the number was 31 million. In Africa alone,... (more)
24/07/14 - News

People with higher levels of brown adipose tissue in their bodies have better blood sugar control, higher insulin sensitivity and a better metabolism for burning fat stores, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. Their... (more)
24/07/14 - News

The global market for bariatric surgical devices is projected to reach US$2 billion by 2020, driven by high prevalence of obesity among adults and children, cutting edge developments in surgical techniques, improved success rate of surgeries and better reimbursement coverage,... (more)

Healthgrades report

22/07/14

According to the latest report form Healthgrades, Center of Excellence (COE) designation alone does not equate to high performance in terms of in...

23/07/14 - News

Weight Watchers and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money, according to a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programmes and drugs published in the journal Obesity. The authors claim that the findings provide important information on the health and... (more)
23/07/14 - News

Covidien has filed another patent lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, alleging that Ethicon’s Harmonic ACE+7 ultrasonic surgical product infringes three Covidien patents. The lawsuit contends that US Patents 6,063,050;... (more)
22/07/14 - News

Over 8,000 people aged 50 and over in Ireland shows nearly four out of five adults over the age of 50 are overweight or obese. The report by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), and led by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 36% of Irish over 50s are obese and a further... (more)

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22/07/14 - Research
Irish obesity
Over 8,000 people aged 50 and over in Ireland shows nearly four out of five adults over the age of 50 are overweight or obese. The report by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), and led by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 36% of Irish over 50s are obese and a further 43% are overweight... (more)
21/07/14 - Research
Public vs private procedures
Canada’s National Post is reporting a ‘crisis’ of public hospitals having to revise bariatric procedure for patients who have previously undergone treatment at private weight loss clinics. According to the report, it is a growing problem between private and public medicine in the country and... (more)
21/07/14 - Research
Colorectal cancer
Gut microbes metabolise carbohydrates in the diet, causing intestinal cells to proliferate and form tumours in mice that are genetically predisposed to colorectal cancer, claims researchers from the University of Toronto, Canada. They report that treatment with antibiotics or a low-carbohydrate... (more)
21/07/14 - Research
Obesity and depression
An intervention programme aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight without adding pounds also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the participants, according to a study by researchers from Duke University. The study, which appears online in the American Journal of Public... (more)
19/07/14 - Research
Diabates breakthrough
A single injection of the protein Fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1) is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days in mice with diet-induced diabetes (the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans), researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La... (more)
17/07/14 - Research
Pre-diabetes
Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is a drastically premature measure with no medical value and huge financial and social costs, according to researchers from University College London and the Mayo Clinic, MN. The analysis, published in the BMJ, assessed whether a... (more)