Study examines association between menopause and weight gain

A UCLA study conducted with mice has found that a gene called reprimo, which is expressed by certain neurons in the brain, may play a role in menopause-related weight gain, a phenomenon not linked to increased eating. Their findings were featured in the paper, ‘Hypothalamic oestrogen receptor alpha establishes a sexually dimorphic regulatory node of energy expenditure’, published in Nature Metabolism.

Apollo Endosurgery completes US post-approval ORBERA study

Apollo Endosurgery has announced that the FDA has completed the review of the final Post-Approval Study (PAS) Report for the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System and accepted that all post-approval study requirements have been fulfilled. The ORBERA Post Approval Study was a requirement following the US FDA's approval of ORBERA in August of 2015. The study was a multi-centre, open label, prospective study with a primary safety endpoint and its secondary endpoint being effectiveness. All study endpoints were successfully met.

Impaired immunity and gene expression may explain diabetic COVID-19 risk

The behaviour of previous coronaviruses together with physiological characteristics of diabetes may help explain why people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, according to a paper, ‘COVID-19 Pandemic, Corona Viruses, and Diabetes Mellitus’, published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Enara accelerates weightloss telehealth programme to combat COVID-19

Enara Health, a developer of a technology-powered personalised weight loss programme, is expanding telehealth availability of its programme to all residents in California, Texas and Illinois. This rollout represents an earlier-than-planned first stage of a US rollout of the Enara Health platform, a clinical weight loss programme that takes a multi-faceted approach to obesity treatment.