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Obesity is a common global health problem. A three-arm randomised waitlist-controlled feasibility trial is proposed. A total of 54 subjects (18 subjects per arm) will be recruited. The three groups are AA plus smartphone application (experimental group); AA only (comparison group); and Waitlist control group. In the experimental group, seeds will be applied on six specific ear acupoints of the subjects by the researcher. Subjects will be requested to apply pressure on the acupoints thrice per day. They will install a smartphone App which will send out regular reminders for pressing, allow the subjects to input the number of bowel open, compliance rate, and difficulties entered during the process for timely advice. The total treatment period will be 8 weeks. Outcome measures will be conducted at baseline and postintervention at 8 weeks, including obesity and anthropometric index, leptin concentration and adiponectin level. Patient satisfaction towards the therapy, the use of the smartphone application and the implementation of the treatment protocol will be determined.
Clinical trial, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, comparative of three parallel groups, randomized treatment to assess the efficacy and safety using a fixed dose combination of metformin hydrochloride with fluoxetine as adjunctive treatment in patient with obesity or overweight in order to generate new knowledge and give a greater number of therapeutic options to the clinicians, one group will receive metformin 1700 mg and 40 mg of fluoxetine; Another group will receive metformin 1000 mg with 40 mg of fluoxetine, and a third group called control will receive placebo. The above described treatments will be administered according to the "Dosage Schedule" The three groups will receive tablets of physical characteristics equal to the reference drug to preserve the blinding.
The purpose of this study is to examine the psychological and psychosocial impact of surgical scars after minimally invasive surgery (MIS). 100 adult patients who are about to undergo bariatric procedures through the Duke Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery program will be enrolled in this study. 50 patients will be randomly assigned to standard laparoscopic surgery and 50 will be assigned to the percutaneous group. All patients will complete pre-operative psychometric testing to establish a baseline body-image score as well as a patient's initial subjective perceptions around surgery and surgical scars. Follow-up visits will be done at standard of care timepoints - 3 weeks, 3 and 6 months, and 1 year after surgery. Subjects will complete the same psychometric measures to identify differences in psychological and psychosocial responses to standard laparoscopic and percutaneous scars. Patients will also complete a measure on scar satisfaction. The investigators hope to identify any differences between standard laparoscopic versus percutaneous approaches.
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of endoscopic suturing of the gastric pylorus to delay gastric emptying and treat obesity.
The purpose of this study is to examine how physical activity and lifestyle factors influence postoperative recovery and postoperative complications after bariatric surgery. The hypothesis is that physically active people, with a healthy alcohol consumption and non smokers have shorter lengths of hospital stay, shorter sick-leave, fewer re-hospitalizations and fewer re-operations, fewer complications as well as a faster recovery after a surgical procedure. The investigators also hypothesize that possible risk factors for non-surgical postoperative complications e g abdominal discomfort are also life-style related factors such as smoking, high alcohol consumption, low level of physical activity, as well as other risk factors such as prior frequent abdominal pains (e g irritable bowel syndrome symptoms), high levels of anxiety and/or depression, difficulties with coping with the changed food intake regimen after obesity surgery, and generally high sensitivity for painful-sensations and nausea. First aim of this study is to investigate how life style factors prior to obesity surgery are related to hospital stay, sick-leave, immediate postoperative complication rates and the rate of resumption of QoL and normal physical function. The second aim of the study is to identify risk factors for the development of chronic abdominal discomfort and dumping symptoms after obesity surgery.
A number of studies have shown that short duration, high intensity interval training can improve health-related outcomes, such as insulin sensitivity and cardiorespiratory fitness. However, these often use specialized equipment, such as cycle ergometers, which makes it difficult to roll these interventions out for wide-scale use in the general population. This study aims evaluate the effects of a high intensity shuttle running intervention on insulin sensitivity, fitness and related cardiometabolic risk factors in men who are currently inactive. Participants will be randomized into intervention (4 weeks of shuttle running) and control groups. We hypothesize that the shuttle running programme will result in improved insulin sensitivity, fitness and increased fat oxidation at rest compared with the control group.
The primary purpose of this protocol is to assess the hormonal regulation of satiety by an intense exercise before and after a 3 month physical activity program. Hormones assessed are: leptin, grhélin, Cholecystokinin, Glucagon-Like-Peptid-1 (GLP-1), PYY. It is well known that in overweight adults and children also, an intense physical exercise diminish the food intake relatively to the total energy expenditure and this effect is persistent after a 6 weeks physical activity program. Our hypothesis are: a diminution of food intake after the intense physical exercise and a persistent diminution of food intake after the 3 month physical activity program, an augmentation of levels of GLP-1 and PYY during the intense exercise before and after the physical activity program, a diminution of the level of GLP-1 and leptin before and after the physical activity program
After obesity surgery gastric bypass (GBP) patients usually lose more than 50% of its former preponderance in relative short time (~ 2 years). But knowledge of the underlying biological mechanisms of decline in body weight is still inadequate. This project intends to examine patients' background activity in the brain (i.e. "the resting state activity") and brain volume using MRI both before and one year after surgery.
The aim of this study is to investigate whether the supplementation of a medically supervised weight management program with a novel fibre supplement, improves body weight, body composition, and laboratory measurements in overweight and obese individuals. All subjects will participate in the medical weight management program however the intervention group will have 5 grams of a novel fibre supplemented to each meal while the control group will not.
Obesity is common (>30% of US adults), contributes to substantial morbidity and mortality, but is difficult to treat. Partly this is due to the transient, arduous and modest nature of lifestyle interventions. Partly it is due to the limited efficacy and safety problems of existing pharmacotherapy. Only one drug, orlistat, is approved for long-term use in obesity; but its effects on weight are relatively small. There are drugs that have been approved for other diseases but which also reduce weight. One promising approach to treating obesity is combination therapy with orlistat and one or more of these other agents. The investigators propose an innovative approach to developing new therapies for obesity coupling the use of combination therapy with rigorous assessment of cardiovascular safety. Vascular function is a quantitative surrogate clinical endpoint that has been strongly and independently linked to future cardiovascular events. Our hypothesis is that combination pharmacotherapy will reduce weight and improve vascular function in obese human subjects. The co-primary endpoints will be weight and vascular function.