Engineers to develop Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic Training Tool

A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a virtual reality-based training device that can help train medical professionals to perform endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). The device, known as a ViBE (Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic) simulator is being supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

More persistent improvements in glycaemic control for RYGB vs LSG

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) was associated with larger and more persistent improvements in glycaemic control and 25% lower rates of T2DM relapse compared with sleeve gastrectomy (SG) patients, according to the latest analyses from the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORNet) Bariatric Study.

Negative attitudes around weight gain are pervasive in the NHS

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) needs to do more to address the ingrained stigma and discrimination faced by people with obesity, according to Dr Stuart Flint, Associate Professor in the Psychology of Obesity at the University of Leeds, who believes that negative attitudes around weight gain are pervasive in the NHS and they can affect the way patients are treated.

Gastric bypass surgery patients may face increased fracture risk

Patients who have bariatric surgery may face an elevated risk of bone fractures, according to a Swedish study investigating the association between different bariatric surgery procedures and fracture risk. The paper, ‘Fracture risk after three bariatric surgery procedures in Swedish obese subjects: up to 26 years follow‐up of a controlled intervention study’, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine

Obesity affects the ability to work especially in women over 50

Older workers with obesity are at a higher risk of prolonged sickness absence or losing their jobs for health reasons than those of normal weight, with women affected significantly more than men, according to researchers from the University of Southampton. The study studied investigated the association between BMI and prolonged sickness absence, cutting down at work and health-related job loss among 2,299 men and 2,425 women aged between 50 and 64 years.