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Successful bariatric surgery in US veterans . . . and other stories

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4880 (Published 15 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4880

Bariatric success in US veterans

Ten years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, 1787 patients (73% men, mean age 52) with an initial body mass index of 47 had 21% less of their baseline weight compared with matched subjects who did not have surgery (JAMA Surg doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.2317). This beneficial association was previously best documented in shorter term studies of younger, predominantly female populations: so this looks like good news for very obese men in their 50s who can get access to bariatric surgery.

Ethics committees won't go faster

Ethical approval is a subject that often draws groans from researchers. Almost all applications are eventually granted, but many are sent back for time consuming revisions. To speed things up, an ethics officer intervention was devised to predict weaknesses and deal with them proactively. …

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