Bariatric surgery improves female sexual function

Bariatric surgery can improve female sexual function decreasing the risk of sexual dysfunction presence and the advantages are associated with the total BMI loss, according to researchers from Medical University of Warsaw and the Military Institute of Medicine, Warsaw, Poland. The outcomes were featured in the paper, ‘The effect of bariatric surgery on female sexual function: a cross-sectional study’, published in Scientific Reports.

RefluxStop is safe and effective in treating GERD

One-year outcomes from a study evaluating the RefluxStop device (Implantica) has found the device is safe and effective when treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), with no complications related to the device and complications caused by the compression of the food passageway (ie. dysphagia, odynophagia and gas bloating) are not an issue with the RefluxStop procedure. The outcomes were reported in the paper, ‘Non-active implantable device treating acid reflux with a new dynamic treatment approach: 1-year results’, published in BMC Surgery.

TOTS: SG associated with fewer complications vs GB and OAGB

The two-year outcomes from the Tehran obesity treatment study (TOTS), which is comparing the effectiveness and safety of sleeve gastrectomy (SG) and gastric bypass (GB), has reported that both surgical procedures are effective in the control of obesity and remission of its comorbidities. However, since SG was associated with a lower rate of complications, it seems that SG should be considered as a suitable procedure for obese patients, especially those with a healthier metabolic profile, the authors report.

Transoral incisionless fundoplication, laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair and GERD

A review article in Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology describes the refinement of EsophyX technology (EndoGastric Solutions) and the evolution of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) as a safe and effective treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Apollo submits X-Tack Endoscopic HeliX Tacking System for FDA approval

Apollo Endosurgery has submitted a 510k submission of the X-Tack Endoscopic HeliX Tacking System to the FDA seeking clearance for the new, through-the-scope, suture-based device designed specifically for closing defects in the lower gastrointestinal tract with additional applications in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

Olympus launches EVIS X1 endoscopy system

Olympus has launched the EVIS X1 endoscopy system to improve outcomes from disorders of the stomach, colon and oesophagus, as well as from bronchial diseases. EVIS X1 supports accurate screening and confident diagnosis through introducing new and easy-to-use technologies to support how gastrointestinal disorders, such as colorectal cancer (CRC), or bronchial diseases are detected, characterised and treated.

COVID-19 severity is increased in patients with BMI30 and above

The risk of greater COVID-19 severity and death is higher in people with BMI>30 according to a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The study findings showed that BMI>30 was associated with a significantly higher risk of respiratory failure, admission to intensive care and death in COVID-19 patients, regardless of age, gender and other associated diseases.

Fully remote Opt-IN programme averages 13lbs weight loss after six months

A new Northwestern Medicine remote weight-loss programme, called Opt-IN, provides maximum weight loss for the lowest cost and with much less hassle than the gold-standard National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), according to the outcomes from a clinical trial. The DPP is claimed to be the most successful behavioural non-drug treatment currently available. Outcomes from the Opt-IN programme show that participants in a clinical trial lose 11 to 13lbs, which is equivalent to the DPP's success rate.

Prior bariatric surgery T2DM patients have reduced risk of MACCEs undergoing noncardiac surgery

Prior bariatric surgery (prior-BS) in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients undergoing noncardiac surgery is associated with a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCEs), according to researchers from The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and the Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.

IFSO publishes Bariatric Endoscopy Position Statement during COVID-19 pandemic

IFSO Endoscopy Committee has published a Position Statement on the best practise of bariatric endoscopy in response to the CVOID-19 pandemic. The statement offers guidance on navigating bariatric endoscopic procedures in patients with obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the hope of mitigating the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to vulnerable patients and healthcare workers. The statement acknowledges that the recommendations may evolve as the pandemic progresses.

Australian guidelines for children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes

A team of Australian paediatric specialists, including an expert from the University of Adelaide, has produced new guidelines regarding assessment and management of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Australian and New Zealand children and adolescents. With the incidence of T2D on the rise among children and adolescents, especially in Indigenous communities, early assessment and management is critical.

No benefit of routine screening for EAC and in chronic GERD patients

A new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, based on a rigorous systematic review of the latest evidence, found no benefit of routine screening for oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and precursor conditions (Barrett oesophagus and dysplasia) in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

On-off switch for inflammation related to overeating

Researchers at Yale have identified a molecule that plays a key role in the body's inflammatory response to overeating, which can lead to obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The finding suggests that the molecule could be a promising therapeutic target to control this inflammation and keep metabolic diseases in check. The study, ‘OGT suppresses S6K1-mediated macrophage inflammation and metabolic disturbance’, was publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Vaccine targeting aged cells mitigates metabolic disorders in mice with obesity

Researchers from Osaka University, Japan, have developed a novel vaccine that removes aged immune cells and then demonstrated an improvement of diabetes-associated metabolic derangements by vaccinating mice with obesity. The study, 'The CD153 vaccine is a senotherapeutic option for preventing the accumulation of senescent T cells in mice', was published in Nature Communications.

BRandY-study to compare banded-RYGB and non-banded RYGB

Researchers from Obesity Center Máxima, Máxima Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Eindhoven/Veldhoven, in the Netherlands, have initiated the ‘Banded Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in patients with superobesity (BRandY-study)’ to assess the added value of the banded Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in patients with super-obesity (BMI>50) on long-term weight loss outcomes.