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Bariatricnews.net: Top 10 most read articles in August 2014

Just in case you missed any news last month, these were the 10 most read articles on bariatricnews.net in August 2014 including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Bariatric surgery causes remission of food addiction

Bariatric surgery-induced weight loss induces remission of food addiction and improves several eating behaviours that are associated with the condition in extreme obesity, according to the study published in the journal Obesity...(more)

Sex and age significantly impact surgical outcomes

Patient gender and age significantly contribute to the success of bariatric surgery in a procedure-dependent manner, according to a study, 'Age- and sex-specific effects on weight loss outcomes in a comparison of sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a retrospective cohort study', published in BMC Obesity. The outcomes could have important implications for patients when choosing which surgery to receive...(more)

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after surgery

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after non-cardiac surgery, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia. They believe their results warrant further study to see if giving vitamin D supplementation before surgery can reduce the risk of these adverse outcomes...(more)

Differences between how the rich and poor lose weight

Where you live and deprivation levels can affect your efforts to lose weight according to a study from the University of Sheffield, which found that people from wealthy areas are more likely to have used slimming clubs than people from more deprived areas. The study also found that those from more deprived areas are more likely to have used weight-loss medications than their richer neighbours...(more)

Initial experience with the HARMONIC ACE®+ 7

Ethicon recently launched the HARMONIC ACE®+ 7, the first ultrasonic surgical device indicated to seal vessels up to and including 7mm. Bariatric News talked with the first surgeon outside of the US to use the device, Mr Marco Adamo from University College Hospital London, UK, to discuss his initial experience with the new device...(more)

Landmark IFSO Global Registry Report published

The First IFSO Global Registry Report (2014) has been released at the 19th World Congress of IFSO in Montreal, Canada. Published by Dendrite Clinical Systems, under the auspices of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), the publication reports data on baseline obesity-related disease, operation types, operative outcomes and disease status after bariatric surgery in over 100,000 patients accumulated from 25 local and national databases and registries from all over the world...(more)

Preventing complications from sleeve gastrectomy

A series of presentations at the XIX IFSO World Congress in Montreal, Canada, examined some of the common complications that occur following sleeve gastrectomy and what can be done to prevent their occurrence...(more)

ASMBS: Collaboration is a victory for patients

The ASMBS has reported that collaboration between the ASMBS Carolinas State Chapter and insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), has resulted in a  revised coverage policy that eliminates the six-month requirement for patients to participate in a non-surgical weight reduction programme prior to being considered for bariatric surgery...(more)

Coffee time with...Michel Gagner

Bariatric News was delighted to speak with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress and one of the pioneers of laparoscopic bariatric surgery in North America. We discussed his career and the challenges facing bariatric surgery…(more)

Surgery reduces OSA in severely obese patients

Bariatric surgery results in a reduction in the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to the results of a randomised clinical trial and subequent paper entitled, 'Obstructive sleep apnea and pulmonary function in patients with severe obesity before and after bariatric surgery: a randomized clinical trial', published in the journal Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine...(more)