Post-Approval Data Confirm Risks With Intragastric Balloons Post-Approval Data Confirm Risks With Intragastric Balloons
The studies show a risk for hyperinflation and acute pancreatitis with the Orbera and ReShape liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 28, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Alphatec Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire EOS Imaging
Alphatec is pulling out of its agreement to acquire EOS Imaging because of negative impacts on the market caused by the novel coronavirus [COVID-19]. Carlsbad, CA-based Alphatec said based upon its assessment, it concluded that a “Material Adverse Effect” has occurred, resulting in circumstances that are no longer conducive to the completion of the transaction described in the terms of agreement. Instead, Alphatec said the door is open for the two companies to collaborate. The surgical spine specialist announced in late February that it would pick up EOS Imaging for $88 million, plus deb...
Source: MDDI - April 27, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: COVID-19 Orthopedics Source Type: news

High-fat diet consequences include mental fatigue, researchers say
(Experimental Biology) Obesity has been shown to place physical stress on the body, but new research suggests that excess weight may also cause mental fatigue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HTN, Obesity, Diabetes Common in U.S. COVID - 19 Patients
Twenty - one percent of hospitalized patients died; 88.1 percent requiring mechanical ventilation died (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 25, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Nearly All NYC-Area COVID-19 Hospitalizations Had Comorbidities
The most common pre-existing conditions among the patients were diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - April 24, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

HTN, Obesity, Diabetes Common in U.S. COVID-19 Patients
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- The most common comorbidities among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area are hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, according to a study published online April 22 in the Journal of the American... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity a Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19 Infection: Multiple Potential Mechanisms, Circulation
Review notes obesity/excess ectopic fat deposition may be unifying risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection, reducing both protective cardiorespiratory reserve as well as potentiating immune dysregulation that can mediate progression to critical illness and organ failure in some. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Summary of preliminary data about obesity and severity of COVID-19
(Deutsches Zentrum fuer Diabetesforschung DZD) In a Nature Reviews Endocrinology 'Comment' authors from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Boston Children's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health call for more research about the relationships of obesity, disproportionate fat distribution and impaired metabolic health with the severity of COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nearly All Patients Hospitalized With Covid-19 Had Chronic Health Issues, Study Finds
Only 6 percent of patients at one New York area health system had no chronic conditions. Hypertension, obesity and diabetes were common. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hospitals Deaths (Fatalities) Immune System Fever Women and Girls Men and Boys Diabetes Journal of the American Medical Assn Northwell Health Long Island (NY) New York City New York Metro Source Type: news

Chronic Conditions, Obesity Common in Fatal Cases of EVALI
THURSDAY, April 23, 2020 -- Chronic conditions, including asthma, mental health conditions, and obesity, are common among fatal cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI), according to a study published in the April... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

An obesity protein discovery may lead to better treatments
(University of Southern California) By determining the structure of a key receptor in obesity, scientists have unlocked an opportunity for the development of new drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Increasing Federal Medicaid Matching Rates to Provide Fiscal Relief to States During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As jobless rates rise due to COVID-19, research shows need for more federal funding for Medicaid and CHIP. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - April 23, 2020 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Holahan J Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access Health Care Quality and Value National Source Type: news

African Americans with underlying health conditions at higher risk for coronavirus infection
African Americans make up under 35% of the population in some Southern states, but 56% have died from the coronavirus. A new study found the virus is having a huge impact on blacks who are obese, diabetic or have hypertesion. Jeff Pegues reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Determination of the melanocortin-4 receptor structure identifies Ca2+ as a cofactor for ligand binding
We report the structure of the antagonist SHU9119-bound human MC4R at 2.8-angstrom resolution. Ca2+ is identified as a cofactor that is complexed with residues from both the receptor and peptide ligand. Extracellular Ca2+ increases the affinity and potency of the endogenous agonist α-melanocyte–stimulating hormone at the MC4R by 37- and 600-fold, respectively. The ability of the MC4R crystallized construct to couple to ion channel Kir7.1, while lacking cyclic adenosine monophosphate stimulation, highlights a heterotrimeric GTP-binding protein (G protein)–independent mechanism for this signaling modality. ...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Yu, J., Gimenez, L. E., Hernandez, C. C., Wu, Y., Wein, A. H., Han, G. W., McClary, K., Mittal, S. R., Burdsall, K., Stauch, B., Wu, L., Stevens, S. N., Peisley, A., Williams, S. Y., Chen, V., Millhauser, G. L., Zhao, S., Cone, R. D., Stevens, R. C. Tags: Biochemistry reports Source Type: news

Endocrine Disruptors in Pregnancy Tied to Obesity in Granddaughters Endocrine Disruptors in Pregnancy Tied to Obesity in Granddaughters
Exposure during pregnancy to PFAS, combined with a low cholesterol level, is linked to a heightened risk of abdominal and whole-body obesity in granddaughters, according to a new analysis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - April 22, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Almost Every Hospitalized Coronavirus Patient Has Another Underlying Health Issue, According to a Study of New York Patients
A new study of people in the New York City area who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 reveals that most of them have more than one underlying illness, some of which seem to increase their risk for bad outcomes. ( function() { var func = function() { var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-40dacff0be48c5b2add8e0f129770400') if ( iframe ) { iframe.onload = function() { iframe.contentWindow.postMessage( { 'msg_type': 'poll_size', 'frame_id': 'wpcom-iframe-40dacff0be48c5b2add8e0f129770400' }, "https:\/\/embeds.time.com" ); } } // Autosize i...
Source: TIME: Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized Brief COVID-19 Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Risk for COVID - 19 Severity
Disease severity increases with increasing body mass index (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 22, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nursing, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Yale Cancer Center study points to obesity as a driver of pancreatic cancer
New research finds that hormones released from the pancreas itself can advance the cancer — and that weight loss can stop this process in its early stages. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 22, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Risk for COVID-19 Severity
WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2020 -- There is a high frequency of obesity among patients admitted to intensive care for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a study published online April 9 in Obesity. Arthur Simonnet,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Researchers identify link between obesity and sleep loss in worms
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Can staying up late make you fat? Researchers found the opposite to be true when they studied sleep in worms: It's not the sleep loss that leads to obesity, but rather that excess weight can cause poor sleep. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How losing weight could be key to surviving Covid-19
A New York-based study found that weight is the second biggest risk factor for serious illnesses, trumped only by age. Three-quarters of critically ill UK Covid-19 patients were overweight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Child Obesity Linked to Higher Mortality Risk in Young Adulthood
Second study shows increased risk for anxiety and depression among girls and boys with obesity (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - April 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Child Obesity Linked to Higher Mortality Risk in Young Adulthood
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 -- Obesity in children is associated with an increased risk for premature mortality in young adulthood and with an increased risk for anxiety and depression, according to two studies published online in March in PLOS Medicine... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity significantly increases risk for COVID-19
People under the age of 60 who have obesity have a higher risk for severe COVID-19 and are more likely to be hospitalised or go in to intensive care.Medscape (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 20, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Ventilation for Obese Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Ventilation for Obese Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery
This systematic review of randomized clinical trials aimed to evaluate various ventilation strategies for obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery under general anesthesia.BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Exercise Training Reduces Reward for High-Fat Food Exercise Training Reduces Reward for High-Fat Food
Might an exercise intervention help modify eating behaviors in obese or overweight individuals?Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Study shows obesity is the biggest chronic factor behind NYC coronavirus hospitalizations
(Natural News) One of the scariest things about the novel coronavirus is just how unpredictable the way it affects different people can be. When it comes to people being hospitalized for COVID-19, however, there’s one chronic health condition that is behind the bulk of the hospitalizations in New York City and it has nothing to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Poor Diet Contributes to Coronavirus Risk
Improving our metabolic health could help ward off future medical, economic and social calamities from whatever pathogen next comes down the pike. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jane E. Brody Tags: Diet and Nutrition Food Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Obesity Diabetes Life Insurance Source Type: news

C-Section Births May Increase Risk for Diabetes
Women born by cesarean section had a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes decades later. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Diabetes Caesarean Section Obesity Source Type: news

Being overweight puts people at greater risk of being hospitalised with coronavirus
A link between carrying excess weight and developing severe symptoms of Covid-19 has been made after an analysis of 15,100 hospitalised coronavirus patients across the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Link to Severe COVID-19, Especially in the Under 60s
More data confirm that obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for severe COVID-19 disease, particularly in younger patients; such individuals should be closely monitored, say researchers. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strength training can cut liver fat by as much as 30% in 15 days
(Natural News) Strength training can reduce liver fat and improve blood sugar levels, according to a recent animal study. A team of researchers from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil studied the effects of strength training exercises on obese mice and found that the exercises led to a 25–30 percent reduction of liver... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ovarian Insufficiency Not Tied to Higher Risks for Obesity, Diabetes
FRIDAY, April 17, 2020 -- Women with lower ovarian reserve do not experience differences in adiposity and glucose metabolism during their reproductive life span compared with women with high ovarian reserve, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity Is Biggest Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factor
Title: Obesity Is Biggest Type 2 Diabetes Risk FactorCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/16/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/17/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - April 17, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Exercise during pregnancy reduces obesity among offspring
(Washington State University) When physically fit women exercise during pregnancy they could be setting their children up for better fitness too, according to new WSU research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients
Young adults with obesity are more likely to be hospitalized, even if they have no other health problems, studies show. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: your-feed-science Obesity Weight Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Ventilators (Medical) United States NYU Langone Health Horwitz, Leora Lighter, Jennifer Research Source Type: news

Obesity Link to Severe COVID-19, Especially in the Under 60s Obesity Link to Severe COVID-19, Especially in the Under 60s
More data confirm that obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for severe COVID-19 disease, particularly in younger patients; such individuals should be closely monitored, say researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 16, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic Spells Trouble for Children's Health
Public health researchers are drawing attention to the long-term repercussions of COVID-19 school closures and other measures that are likely to exacerbate the problem of childhood obesity. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breaking new ground in healthcare data
  The pandemic crisis has been focusing minds in healthcare and demonstrating the possibilities to innovate faster.  Pharma should remember this in the aftermath, says Sanofi Pasteur ’s David Loew, not least because, given the economic damage of a near global lockdown, governments can soon be expected to be on the hunt for savings from pharma.  “Given the economic downturn we have to expect there will be price pressures,” says Loew in his keynote on day one of the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Virtual conference (available free to anyone who registers).  Pharma, healthcare provider...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Breaking new ground in healthcare data
  The pandemic crisis has been focusing minds in healthcare and demonstrating the possibilities to innovate faster.  Pharma should remember this in the aftermath, says Sanofi Pasteur ’s David Loew, not least because, given the economic damage of a near global lockdown, governments can soon be expected to be on the hunt for savings from pharma.  “Given the economic downturn we have to expect there will be price pressures,” says Loew in his keynote on day one of the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Virtual conference (available free to anyone who registers).  Pharma, healthcare provider...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Regardless of Genetics, Obesity Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
THURSDAY, April 16, 2020 -- Having normal body weight is crucial in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, regardless of genetic predisposition, according to a study published online April 15 in Diabetologia. Theresia M. Schnurr, Ph.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity Is Biggest Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factor
THURSDAY, April 16, 2020 -- Whether you have a low or a high genetic risk for type 2 diabetes, obesity seems to be the driving factor in developing the disease, Danish researchers say. Their new study found that obesity increased the risk of type 2... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 16, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers use genomics to estimate Samoan population dynamics over 3,000 years
(Brown University) A new study estimating the size of the Samoan population using contemporary genomic data found that the founding population remained low for the first 1,500 years of human settlement, contributing to understanding the evolutionary context of the recent rise in obesity and related diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Gut microbes and obesity
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - April 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Kiberstis, P. A. Tags: twil Source Type: news

The coronavirus is particularly unkind to those who are obese
This may help explain why the coronavirus has hit the U.S. so hard: Obesity appears to be a risk factor for serious cases of COVID-19. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

The coronavirus is particularly unkind to those who are obese
This may help explain why the coronavirus has hit the U.S. so hard: Obesity appears to be a risk factor for serious cases of COVID-19. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Obesity Is Risk Factor for COVID-19 Hospital Admission in & lt;60s
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 -- Obesity is associated with admission to the hospital for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, according to a study published online April 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases and a study not yet peer reviewed and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus health latest: Obese people most likely to be hospitalised with COVID 19
OLD and obese people are the groups most at risk of being hospitalised after catching coronavirus according to a US study. Research suggests that these groups are more likely to be hospitalised with the virus than cancer or lung disease patients. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Severe COVID-19 Risk in Young Patients
The researchers suspect that inflammation throughout the body linked to obesity could be a powerful factor in the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic Spells Trouble for Children's Health COVID-19 Pandemic Spells Trouble for Children's Health
Public health researchers are drawing attention to the long-term repercussions of COVID-19 school closures and other measures that are likely to exacerbate the problem of childhood obesity.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - April 15, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news