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The first-ever blinded, randomised, sham- and placebo-controlled clinical study of the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure has concluded that it is an effective treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),... (more)

27/01/15 - News

USGI Medical has raised over US$19.5 million in the latest round of financing, bringing the total raised in the last year to $36 million in equity and debt. This funding will provide USGI with the capital resources to extend the commercial launch of POSE (Primary Obesity... (more)
27/01/15 - News

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has issued its latest guidelines on adult obesity prevention and management, providing evidence-based recommendations designed to help primary care doctors play a more integral role in the prevention and management of... (more)
26/01/15 - News

Medtronic has completed the previously announced acquisition of Covidien for an estimated US$49.9 billion. The merger will create a close competitor in size to the medical device business of industry leader, Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Ethicon. The acquisition... (more)

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23/01/15

Bariatric News is sorry to announce the passing of Professor Lloyd Douglas Maclean at the age of 90, he died on 14 January 2015.

26/01/15 - News

Research published in Obesity Surgery suggests that that bariatric surgery may increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. In the paper, authors from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, report that many patients who underwent different types of bariatric surgery also developed acute... (more)
23/01/15 - News

A Brazilian study comparing the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (DS) and the banded Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (BRYGB) has reported that the two types of surgery are effective to improve quality of life and weight loss. However, DS surgery produced better results... (more)
22/01/15 - News

Israeli researchers have initiated a trial that will assess the effectiveness of a drug on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery and have developed gallstones during the past year to determine whether it can dissolve the gallstones and prevent the need for surgery. Four... (more)

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22/01/15 - Research
Gallstones
Israeli researchers have initiated a trial that will assess the effectiveness of a drug on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery and have developed gallstones during the past year to determine whether it can dissolve the gallstones and prevent the need for surgery. Four medical centres... (more)
22/01/15 - Research
Ghrelin
Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have reported an unexpected role for ghrelin in early brain development and show its long-term impact on appetite regulation. The study, published online by The Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggests a link between... (more)
22/01/15 - Research
Anastomotic failure
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak at the surgical junction in patients undergoing bariatric or colorectal procedures, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. NSAID postoperative use has expanded with the... (more)
20/01/15 - Research
Healthcare costs
Obesity is more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, according to a report published in Public Health. In addition, the report found that healthcare costs associated with obesity and smoking are substantial and increased noticeably during 1998–2011, and vary significantly across... (more)
20/01/15 - Research
bariatric paediatric surgery
As a last resort when conservative interventions have failed, bariatric surgery can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents, according to a position paper in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal... (more)
19/01/15 - Policy
Obesity organisation
The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) is leading calls for a delay to transfer control of commissioning weight loss surgery to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) by April 2015, claiming the plans are being pushed through too quickly and could impact on both patient care and... (more)