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Gelesis Granted FDA Clearance to Market PLENITY™ — a New Prescription Aid in Weight Management

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.

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Year-End Research Advances Approaches, Both Genetic and Device-Oriented, to Treat Obesity

A 2017 study found that more than 700 million adults and children worldwide are obese, calling it a “rising pandemic.”

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Tivity Health to buy Nutrisystem for $1.4 billion

Tivity Health Inc. said the company would acquire Nutrisystem Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal that values the weight management product developer at $1.4 billion.

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A Single Gene to Rule Them All: A Single Gene Might Control Obesity

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia – working with mice – removed a single gene known as RCAN1 and then fed them a variety of diets, including a high-fat diet. The mice did not gain weight, even after dramatically overeating high-fat foods over several weeks.

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Alkermes schizophrenia drug keeps weight gain side effect in check

Alkermes Plc’s schizophrenia drug ALKS 3831 met the main goal of keeping in check a common side effect of antipsychotic medicines – weight gain – taking the company one step closer to a marketing approval for the experimental treatment.

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Adults need a regular bedtime, too

Adults who have a regular bedtime are likely to weigh less than those who do not, to have lower blood sugar and to face a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a U.S. study.

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Moderate ‘bad cholesterol’ levels tied to early death for healthy people

Healthy adults who do not keep their LDL-C, or “bad cholesterol,” in check are more likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease than peers with lower cholesterol levels, a U.S. study suggests.

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Novo Nordisk’s Semaglutide Hits Mark in T2D Trial

Novo Nordisk revealed that oral semaglutide achieved positive results in the PIONEER 5 study for the reduction of blood sugar levels and weight in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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Eisai Announces Positive Topline Results from Large-Scale Cardiovascular Outcome Trial for Anti-Obesity Agent Belviq

Eisai Inc. announced positive top-line results from the CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 cardiovascular outcome trial.

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Dieting pressure in teen years tied to food and weight problems later

Adults who were pressured by their parents to diet during adolescence may have a higher risk of obesity and eating disorders as adults than people who were not urged to lose weight as teens, a U.S. study suggests.

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