The Gut Microbiome: An 80-Year Exploration

Key milestones have shaped our knowledge of the gut microbiota and its role in human health.

New Research Reveals More About the Gut Microbiome’s Role in Regulating the Circadian Rhythm and Metabolism

Focusing on maintaining healthy gut microbiota may help patients avoid future health problems, such as obesity, diabetes or fatty liver disease.

Improving Cardiac Outcomes Through Bariatric Surgery

The link between obesity and cardiovascular health is well established. Until recent years, however, it was unclear whether bariatric surgery could improve morbidity and mortality among obese individuals who had already experienced significant cardiovascular events.


Researchers Uncover New Mechanism for Vagus Nerve Hunger Suppression

An innovative device that stimulates the vagus nerve to trick the stomach into feeling full may produce satiety in an unexpected way.

The Obesity Talk: Acknowledging Weight Stigma

While maintaining a healthy weight is important to managing many health conditions, three recent studies suggest increased prevalence of weight stigma toward patients leads to worse health outcomes. How can physicians achieve a balanced approach to conversations about weight?

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Two New Weight Loss Treatments Show Promise

Over the summer, the FDA approved Wegovy injections for chronic weight management, the first such drug approved since 2014. Manufactured by Novo Nordisk, the drug works by mimicking the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps regulate...

Bariatric Surgery Study Challenges View That Obesity May Protect Against Fracture

The notion that high BMI is protective against fracture is widely held among researchers and clinicians, but a retrospective study out of Rush University Medical Center offers a more nuanced view, finding that sleeve gastrectomy bariatric surgery significantly reduces the risk of sustaining a fracture in individuals with severe obesity.

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The Role of Microbes in Addressing Obesity

More than 40% of the population in the United States is obese, according to the CDC, accounting for a host of comorbid conditions, including high blood pressure and stroke. When diet and exercise do not help address obesity, many patients may be...

Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

New research finds that following bariatric surgery, severely obese adolescents are more likely than their adult counterparts to experience complete remission of key comorbidities.

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Study: Bariatric Surgery Aids Female Sexual Function

A study in Brazil found that women with obesity had greater sexual function after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Sexual dysfunction fell from 62% before the procedure to 19% six months afterward, and mean overall Female Sexual...