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Top 10 most read articles on Bariatric News - December 2022

It was another busy month reporting the latest bariatric and metabolic, and obesity-related disease news. We hope we have brought you the latest and most interesting news as it happened. Here are the Top 10 most read articles on Bariatric News in December 2022.

Body image improves after bariatric surgery, however, the effect is only temporary was not maintained for five years after surgery, according to researchers from Bordeaux University Hospital, Pessac, France. The findings were reported in the paper, ‘Long-term changes in body image after bariatric surgery: An observational cohort study’, published in PLOSone. The study authors concluded that the use of questionnaires specific to bariatric surgery, including the BODY-Q questionnaire, would improve researchers understanding of this change over time.

Patients with urinary incontinence reported durable improvements seven years after bariatric surgery, according to outcomes from the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery 2 (LABS-2) study. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. The outcomes were published in a research letter, ‘Seven-Year Durability of Improvements in Urinary Incontinence After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy’, in JAMA Network Open.

Apollo Endosurgery has gained CE marking for new endoscopic indications, with the OverStitch system, including endoscopic gastric sleeve (ESG). In addition to endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the new indications include defect closure, stent fixation and transoral outlet reduction.

When doctors tell patients living with obesity to lose weight the guidance they give is generally vague, superficial, and commonly not supported by scientific evidence, according to a study by researchers from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. The study authors stated that weight-loss advice from GPs to patients with obesity rarely included effective methods, mostly communicating a general “eat less, do more” approach.

Magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA), utilising the LINX Reflux Management System (LINX, Torax Medical, part of Johnson & Johnson), showed an overall improvement of GERD symptoms and significantly reduced proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use, according to researchers led by University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. The outcomes were featured in the paper, ‘Feasibility and Efficacy of Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation for the Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Post-Sleeve Gastrectomy for Obesity’, published in Obesity Surgery.

Paying cash to people living with obesity for losing a specific amount of weight or completing weight-reducing activities – is more effective than offering stand-alone free tools, such as weight-loss programs, diet books, and wearable fitness trackers, according to a study led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

UC San Diego Researchers have developed a self-powered ingestible sensor system designed to monitor metabolites in the small intestine over time. The battery-free, pill-shaped ingestible biosensing, biofuel-driven sensor facilitates in-situ access to the small intestine, making glucose monitoring easier while generating continuous results. These measurements provide a critical component of tracking overall gastrointestinal health, a major factor in studying nutrition, diagnosing and treating various diseases, preventing obesity and more. The sensor could unlock new understanding of intestinal metabolite composition, which significantly impacts human health overall. The work, led by engineers at the University of California San Diego, appears in the paper, ‘A self-powered ingestible wireless biosensing system for real-time in situ monitoring of gastrointestinal tract metabolites’, in the journal Nature Communications.

Scientists from Virginia Tech has identified how early life trauma may change the brain to increase the risk of binge eating later in life. Nearly 3 percent of Americans suffer from binge-eating disorder at some point their lifetimes, and of them, more than eight in ten survived childhood abuse, neglect, or other trauma.

Residue from rinse agents left behind on dishes after they are cleaned in professional-grade dishwashers, damages the natural protective layer in the gut and can contribute to the onset of chronic diseases, according to researchers working with organoids at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research.

Females’ propensity to deposit more subcutaneous fat in places like their hips, buttocks and the backs of their arms, is protective against brain inflammation, which can result in problems like dementia and stroke, at least until menopause, according to researchers from the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

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