The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for Eisai to pull the company’s Belviq and Belviq XR for weight loss from the market after clinical trials demonstrated an increased incidence of cancer in users.

Gelesis announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared the biotechnology company’s lead product candidate Plenity (Gelesis100) as an aid in weight management in adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25–40 kg/m2, when used in conjunction with diet and exercise.

The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor’s office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced that the European Commission granted extension of the Marketing Authorization for Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor), the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in people with two copies of the F508del mutation, to include children ages 6 through 11.

Decreasing sensitivity to insulin — often associated with obesity and eventual type 2 diabetes — may also cause young adults to have lower bone mass at a time of life when it should be at its peak, Korean researchers say.

Kids who spend more time outdoors and who play sports are less likely to be near-sighted, according to a recent study in a large, diverse group of urban 6-year-olds.

Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight and the risk rises sharply as the extra pounds pile on, scientists said.

People with a “normal” weight but extra pounds around the middle may have lower long-term survival odds than individuals who are obese, a U.S. study suggests. What’s considered a normal weight for adults is often based on a measurement known as body mass index (BMI), which assesses weight relative to height. For the current study, […]

(Reuters Health) – Weight loss surgery may be a cost-effective way of lowering blood sugar for many diabetics, not just those who are severely obese, a Swedish study suggests.   Researchers found that for people with diabetes, total healthcare costs did not rise in the years following weight-loss surgery, largely because of overall savings from […]

Firstborn Women More Likely To Be Overweight/Obese As Adults Than Second-Born Sisters Study backs up research on male firstborns; shrinking family size may be contributing to observed rise in adult weight   Firstborn women are more likely to be overweight/obese as adults than their second-born sisters, finds the largest study of its kind in women, […]