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The Second National Bariatric Surgery Report published by the British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) has shown that bariatric surgery in the UK is safe with an observed in-hospital mortality rate after primary surgery of 0.07% and... (more)

30/10/14 - News

In a study comparing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and adjustable gastric banding (AGB), bypass resulted in much greater weight loss than but had a higher risk of short-term complications and long-term subsequent hospitalisations, according to a report published... (more)
30/10/14 - News

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA), Emory University and Abeome Corpotation are working on a new method to isolate the fat cells in obese people that produce adipokines and analyse the genetic changes that may contribute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer... (more)
28/10/14 - News

Plinth 2000 has launched its Model 50G Bariatric Gynaecology Chair, with the first batch already shipped to a new hospital in Australia and early enquiries coming from the UK and Ireland.
28/10/14 - News

By raising testosterone levels in diabetic men with androgen deficiency it is possible to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes-related complications, according to researchers from the National Institute of Endocrinology and Tbilisi State University, Georgia. The study, ‘... (more)
28/10/14 - News

Vaspin is associated with post-operative metabolic improvements and with further investigation could potentially be utilised to treat obesity, according to an international team of researchers led by investigators from the Université Laval, Québec, Canada.
28/10/14 - News

Ethicon has launched its Echelon Flex GST System, a new powered stapler and reload system uniquely designed to provide a better grip on tissue for the least tissue slippage during firing. 

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24/10/14 - Research
Weight loss regulation
A hormone seen as a popular target to develop weight-loss drugs works by directly targeting the brain and triggering previously unknown activity in the nervous system, according to researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center. The paper, ‘FGF21 acts centrally to induce sympathetic nerve activity... (more)
23/10/14 - Research
Psychological issues
Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, can influence the success people have after undergoing bariatric surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is thought to be the only... (more)
23/10/14 - Industry
Product launch
Cardica has launched a curved tip cartridge for its MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 surgical stapling device. This cartridge has a curved atraumatic tip at the distal end, designed to facilitate placement of the stapler on selected tissues.  Cardica is currently offering the cartridge commercially on a... (more)
23/10/14 - Research
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension
Bariatric surgery may be a risk factor for spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) - a condition that causes severe headaches – according to a study ‘Bariatric surgery as a possible risk factor for spontaneous intracranial hypotension’ published in the journal Neurology. In the study, gastric... (more)
21/10/14 - Research
Genetics
Individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity may soon have a therapeutic solution to combat their condition, according researchers led by scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). They have identified several potent inhibitors that selectively target FTO (a fat mass and... (more)
21/10/14 - Research
Type 2 diabetes
The first data from clinical studies assessing the non-invasive Revita Duodenal Mucosal Resurfacing (DMR) procedure has reported that the procedure improves glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes. The DMR procedure, developed by Fractyl Laboratories, is designed to alter the inner surface... (more)