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A study involving tens of thousands of bariatric surgery patients found that RYGB patients were significantly more likely than sleeve gastrectomy (SG) patients to return to hospital in the years following surgery for an operation or intervention.... (more)

20/01/20 - News

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have potentially found a way to eliminate some of the endoscopic surgeries needed to remove gastrointestinal (GI) medical devices, such as gastric balloons and oesophageal stents. Clinicians use these devices to diagnose... (more)
17/01/20 - News

A study by researchers at UC Riverside shows that soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety and depression. Used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock... (more)
16/01/20 - News

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that the prescription weight control medicine lorcaserin (Belviq, Belviq XR) may increase the risk for cancer, according to the results of a clinical trial assessing the safety of the drug. Lorcaserin was approved by FDA in 2012... (more)

ACTION study


Bias, misinformation and a lack of understanding of how easy it is to relapse into obesity are preventing millions of Canadians from getting...

16/01/20 - News

One in five young people have fatty liver disease (steatosis), with one in 40 having already developed liver scarring (fibrosis), according to a study led by researchers from the researchers from the University of Bristol, UK.
15/01/20 - News

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) laboratory that invented cryolipolisis or ‘Coolsculpting’, a popular non-surgical method for reducing fat under the skin, is developing a new form of the technology that can selectively reduce fat almost anywhere in the body using a safe... (more)
14/01/20 - News

The pleasure centre of the brain that produces the chemical dopamine, and the brain's separate biological clock that regulates daily physiological rhythms, are linked, and high-calorie foods that bring pleasure disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption,... (more)

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13/01/20 - Research
ACTION study
Bias, misinformation and a lack of understanding of how easy it is to relapse into obesity are preventing millions of Canadians from getting appropriate care, according to results from the ACTION study. The study showed that while most health-care providers, employers and people with obesity know... (more)
13/01/20 - Research
AHR receptor
Researchers at Dartmouth's and Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center have discovered that a receptor found in almost all cells, called AHR, and known primarily to combat exposures to environmental chemicals, also plays a big role in the body's metabolism. They found that blocking AHR... (more)
13/01/20 - Research
MIRA surgical platform
Virtual Incision, a medical device company pioneering a first-of-its-kind miniaturized surgical robot, has announced it has raised US$20 million in a Series B+ financing to support regulatory and clinical programmes leading to the commercialisation of the company’s MIRA (Miniaturized In Vivo... (more)
10/01/20 - Research
Bile acids
Bile acids play an important role in immunity and inflammation, according to two separate Harvard Medical School studies published in Nature. The findings of the two studies, both conducted in mice, show that bile acids promote the differentiation and activity of several types of T cells involved... (more)
10/01/20 - Research
Metabolic syndrome and VTE risk
People with metabolic syndrome are more likely to experience recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine. Patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) who also had markers of metabolic syndrome... (more)
10/01/20 - Research
Tongue fat and OSA
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that improvements in sleep apnoea symptoms appear to be linked to the reduction of fat in the tongue. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in... (more)