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Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in the default-mode network (DMN), as well as in the hippocampus and hypothalamus, according to the findings of a study by researchers at the German... (more)

27/06/17 - News

A Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society has called for more research aimed specifically at understanding the underlying mechanisms that make it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss. Despite decades of research and billions of dollars spent each year on... (more)
26/06/17 - News

When KM Venkat Narayan first began studying type 2 diabetes in the early 1990s, it was considered a disease of adults in affluent countries. Today diabetes has spread to every country in the world, to both urban and rural areas, afflicting the poor as much as if not more than... (more)
26/06/17 - News

BD has announced that its new line of Snowden-Pencer 3.0mm laparoscopic ergonomic take-apart instruments received FDA 510(k) clearance for use in laparoscopic surgery. The new line of Snowden-Pencer 3.0mm laparoscopic ergonomic take-apart instruments are designed for micro-... (more)

Leptin

23/06/17

The hormone leptin has been widely hailed as the key regulator of leanness however, the pivotal experiments that probe the function of this...

23/06/17 - News

A combination of diet, physical activity and behavioural change interventions may reduce weight in adolescents aged 12 to 17, but there are limitations in the study and variation in the results, according to the findings of a Cochrane report led by a University of Warwick that... (more)
20/06/17 - News

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents aged six years and older and offer or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioural interventions to promote improvements in weight. This level B... (more)
20/06/17 - News

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, have proposed a new technique to evaluate abdominal obesity by estimating the thickness of subcutaneous fat using electrical impedance tomography (EIT). The paper, ‘Mathematical Framework for... (more)

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20/06/17 - Research
Mathematically estimating fat
Researchers from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, have proposed a new technique to evaluate abdominal obesity by estimating the thickness of subcutaneous fat using electrical impedance tomography (EIT). The paper, ‘Mathematical Framework for Abdominal Electrical... (more)
16/06/17 - Research
Post-bariatric hypoglycaemia
Eiger BioPharmaceuticals has announced positive data from the Phase 2 multiple-ascending dose (MAD) study evaluating subcutaneous (SC) exendin 9-39 in post-bariatric surgical patients who experience dangerously low, postprandial (after meal) blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia) known as post-... (more)
15/06/17 - Research
Maternal obesity risk
Children of obese women are more likely to be afflicted by major birth defects, including malformations of the heart and genitals, according to a study by researchers from Sweden. For the study, researchers used data on more than 1.2 million births registered in Sweden from 2001 to 2014. They... (more)
15/06/17 - Research
ZGN-1061
Zafgen has announced new data for ZGN-1061, its second-generation MetAP2 inhibitor, at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Annual Scientific Sessions (ADA), that shows ZGN-1061 treatment causes improvements across multiple metabolic measures consistent with MetAP2 inhibition. The data... (more)
14/06/17 - Research
Waist-to-height ratio
Calculating a person's waist-to-height ratio is the most accurate and efficient way of identifying whether or not they are at risk of obesity in clinical practice, according to a study by Leeds Beckett University. The research, published in Plos One journal, aimed to improve the way that obesity is... (more)
14/06/17 - Research
Body contouring
Only a small percentage of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery undergo additional body contouring surgery to reshape their bodies and remove excess skin, according to researchers from Stony Brook University Hospital, New York. In addition, such body contouring surgery is generally... (more)