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A parent's bariatric surgery history could be an opportunity to break the cycle of obesity in an overweight son, according to a Geisinger research study published in Obesity. This study is thought to be the largest study of the effect of an adult's... (more)

29/07/14 - Opinion/blog

Bariatric Professionals and ASMBS: Are You Putting Patients First? Surgeons, integrated health professionals, and other weight loss surgery advocates share a common goal: to use weight loss surgery to treat patients with obesity. We all agree that patients do not deserve to... (more)
29/07/14 - News

Apollo Endosurgery has partnered with American Healthcare Lending to offer affordable financing for the Lap-Band system to increase patient access to the weight loss procedure. The patient financing service is part of Apollo Endosurgery’s ongoing efforts to provide physicians... (more)
28/07/14 - News

Two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands have been reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The authors claim that new signs will aid radiologists in diagnosing affected... (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)

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23/07/14 - Research
Commercial diet programmes
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 weight-loss benefits per... (more)
23/07/14 - Industry
Lawsuit
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; 6,468,286; and 6,682,... (more)
22/07/14 - Research
Healthgrades report
According to the latest report form Healthgrades, Center of Excellence (COE) designation alone does not equate to high performance in terms of in-hospital complications. The 2014 Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award is an annual report representing the top 10% of hospitals evaluated... (more)
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)