Allurion Technologies is one step closer to having its Elipse gastric balloon enter the US market, after company announced the PMA submission of the device to the FDA. The submission comes after Allurion raised US$34 million in new funding through a securities financing and a growth capital term loan.
A larger thigh circumference may be associated with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease in people with obesity, according to a study by researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China. They found that in overweight and people with obesity obese, larger thigh circumferences were associated with lower blood pressure. These findings suggest that carrying more weight on the thighs may be a marker of better heart health in Chinese people in these weight classes, who are at a greater risk of heart disease.
Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have discovered an unexpected biological pathway by which brown fat cells can translate energy into heat - immature fat cells can generate heat without gathering fat may open opportunities to treat obesity and diabetes.
Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the US, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr Andrew Rundle, associate professor of epidemiology at and colleagues, expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in the US and will exacerbate risk factors for weight gain associated with summer recess.
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) has released recommendations based on best available evidence and expert opinion from the global surgical community that will help to protect patients, their surgeons and staff from COVID-19.
The joint statement states that the virus has demonstrated a propensity to spread at an exponential rate in several countries, significantly impacting many lives and affecting our practice as healthcare professionals. The statement recommends that: