Researchers from the University of Alberta have reported that losing weight before knee replacement surgery does not lead to better outcomes for patients. In a systematic review, researchers in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine found that weight loss before surgery may not be beneficial for people with advanced knee osteoarthritis. Their findings, ‘A critical review of weight loss recommendations before total knee arthroplasty’, were published in Joint Bone Spine journal.
Researchers at Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) have found that both younger and older adolescents have similar weight loss, resolution of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, nutritional impacts and improvement in quality of life after bariatric surgery. These results strongly indicate that, when working with adolescents with severe obesity, age alone should not dissuade providers and patients from pursuing surgery when medically indicated.
Allurion Technologies has launched its new digital health offering featuring the Allurion Health Tracker smartwatch, Allurion Connected Scale, Allurion mobile app, and the Allurion Clinic Dashboard, the first in a series of new provider services that make up the Allurion Virtual Care Suite (part of the Allurion Weight Loss Program).
A Brazilian study, ‘Mice born to females with oocyte-specific deletion of mitofusin 2 have increased weight gain and impaired glucose homeostasis’, published in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction, helps understand why mothers with obesity tend to have children with a propensity to develop metabolic disease during their lifetime, as suggested by previous research.
Growing numbers of people are developing a potentially blinding type of weight-linked headache, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), that was once considered rare. In the study, IIH rates increased sixfold in Wales between 2003 and 2017 - from 12 per 100,000 people to 76 per 100,000 people. During the same 15-year span, obesity rates in Wales rose from 29% of the population to 40%.