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Critical care team develops blueprint for essential surgery

As patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) flood hospitals, the health care system must not only determine how to redeploy limited resources and staff to care for them but must also make well-calculated decisions to provide other types of critical care. For surgeons, this type of critical care involves performing an emergency operation to treat a ruptured appendix or perforated colon, to both virus-exposed and non-exposed patients, while keeping both hospital personnel and non-exposed patients safe.

Negative attitudes around weight gain are pervasive in the NHS

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) needs to do more to address the ingrained stigma and discrimination faced by people with obesity, according to Dr Stuart Flint, Associate Professor in the Psychology of Obesity at the University of Leeds, who believes that negative attitudes around weight gain are pervasive in the NHS and they can affect the way patients are treated.

Weight-loss drug Belviq withdrawn over fears of cancer occurrence

The FDA has requested that Eisai - the manufacturer of Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) - voluntarily withdraws the weight-loss drug from the US market because a safety clinical trial has showed an increased occurrence of cancer. Eisai has submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw the drug.

Liraglutide not recommended for adults with overweight and obesity

In a consultation document, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has decided not to recommend liraglutide (Saxenda, Novo Nordisk), within its marketing authorisation, for managing adult who are overweight and with obesity alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.

Waist circumference and BMI should be routinely measured

Healthcare professionals should routinely measure waist circumference alongside BMI to properly assess and manage obesity-related health risk, according to a Consensus Statement from the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) and International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR), who state that decreases in waist circumference are a critically important treatment target for reducing potential health risks.

Obesity Medicine Association publishes 2020 Obesity Algorithm

The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) has announced the immediate availability of the 2020 OMA Obesity Algorithm, with new information for clinicians including obesity myths, polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity and psychiatric disease, ketogenic diet, as well as many other updates.

MBSAQIP updates programme standards for patients with BMI>25

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint quality programme of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), has released its third version of programme standards to take effect in October 2019.

Obesity Society updates position on obesity as a chronic disease

The Obesity Society (TOS) has updated its 2008 position statement on obesity and has classified obesity as a worldwide, non-communicable chronic disease.

The experts have their say…

The 2nd Gore Expert Obesity Meeting was held at WL Gore and Associates’ Feldkirchen-Westerham location, in Germany, from September 19-20, 2018. The meeting provided surgical specialists from around the world the opportunity to interact, debate and share their experiences with European experts in bariatric and metabolic surgery. Topics under discussion included sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, SADI-S, revisional surgery and staple line reinforcement, as well as how to manage obesity-related condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hiatal hernia and abdominal wall repairs.

AABC developing standards for Centers of Therapeutic Excellence

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC) has announced it is developing Centers of Therapeutic Excellence (COTE) initiative. The AABC is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of obesity care and treatment.

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