MediSmart Technologies launches a new specialist bariatric range of mattresses

MediSmart Technologies has announced the international launch of a new specialist bariatric range offering dynamic air mattresses, integrated hybrids, embedded hybrids, seating options and the ultra-low Bariatric Microcell Companion air mattress (this mattress can be retrofitted onto riser recliners).

The new bariatric range includes:

Study confirms obesity is a cause of kidney disease

University of Oxford researchers have discovered that obesity can increase the chances of developing kidney disease. Funded by Kidney Research UK and the Medical Research Council, this study has found that fat all over the body increases risk, not just fat around the middle (abdominal fat) and suggests controlling weight could be a new way to manage kidney disease risk. This study, ‘Conventional and Genetic Evidence on the Association between Adiposity and CKD’, was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Post-op lifestyle intervention may enhance surgical outcomes

Timely post-operative lifestyle intervention could be useful for bariatric patients in helping them enhance and maintain better outcomes after bariatric surgery, according to researchers from the Evangelical Hospital ‘Villa Betania’ and the University of Naples ‘Parthenope’, in Naples, Italy. Specifically, they state that a multidisciplinary team of different professionals may be fundamental in order to guarantee the long-term effectiveness of the surgical intervention.

Dutch team to assess impact of bariatric surgery on spinal epidural lipomatosis

Researchers from Rijnstate ziekenhuis Arnhem, Arnhem, the Netherlands, are investigating whether the volumetric amount of spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) declines significantly in the lower spine after bariatric surgery. The observational study, ‘Spinal epidural lipomatosis before and after bariatric surgery’, is aiming to recruit 50 patients and compared the volume of SEL in bariatric patients before and after surgery and those patients with normal weight (BMI 20-25).

Meta-analysis finds revisional OAGB/MGB is feasible and effective

Revisional One Anastomosis/Mini-Gastric Bypass (OAGB/MGB) procedures after failed restrictive bariatric surgery (eg gastric lap band) is feasible and effective, according to a meta-analysis from 26 studies including 1,771 patients. The findings were reported in the paper, ‘One Anastomosis/Mini-Gastric Bypass (OAGB/MGB) as Revisional Surgery Following Primary Restrictive Bariatric Procedures: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’, published in Obesity Surgery.

Surgical pioneer, innovator and mentor, Professor Nicola Scopinaro passes away aged 75

Bariatric News is sad to report that Professor Nicola Scopinaro, a true pioneer in Bariatric Surgery, has died at the age of 75. He was born on March 6, 1945, in Castagneto Carducci, a small village in the Province of Livorno in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of Florence. Professor Nicola Scopinaro was known by many as a great surgeon and innovator, a dedicated and hard worker, a teacher and mentor to several generations of surgeons, and as one of the fathers of modern bariatric surgery.

Adults with endocrine disorders have higher risk of cardiac disease

All adults with endocrine disorders should be tested for high cholesterol and triglycerides to evaluate their risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a Clinical Practice Guideline, ‘Lipid Management in Patients with Endocrine Disorders: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline, issued by the Endocrine Society and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Genetic predisposition to increased weight causally protective for breast and prostate cancer

Researchers from Brunel University London found that increasing weight is causally protective for breast and prostate cancer, according to researcher presented by Dr Hasnat Amin, a doctoral student at Brunel University London, who presented the results of the study at the American Society of Human Genetics 2020 Virtual Meeting.

Higher vitamin D levels in first year of life fight against obesity in adolescence

Low levels of vitamin D during the first year of life are inversely associated with metabolic syndrome in adolescence - which is closely linked to obesity - according researchers at the University of Michigan. They reported that serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] at aged one is inversely associated with childhood BMI-for-age z-score (BMIZ), percentage body fat at age 16/17 years and a metabolic syndrome (MetS) score at age 16/17 years.