Minimally invasive procedure shows promise in combating obesity

San Diego, Calif. (May 9, 2019) — Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), a relatively new, minimally invasive weight-loss procedure, resulted in significant total body weight loss in the first long-term study to follow patients’ progress over five years, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019. Researchers hope these results will help solve a […]

First randomized controlled trial of fecal transplants for obesity shows potential progress

San Diego, Calif. (May 9, 2019) — Using capsules filled with fecal matter from a lean donor, researchers successfully changed some of the composition of the gut microbiota of patients with obesity, a possible step toward a new treatment for weight loss.  In the first randomized controlled trial of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in metabolically […]

Appendix removal associated with development of Parkinson’s disease

San Diego, Calif. (May 9, 2019) — Patients who had their appendix removed were more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those whose appendix remained in place, according to the largest study to address the relationship between the two conditions. The retrospective study involving more than 62 million patient records from 26 health systems will […]