The Los Angeles Times (8/27, Kaplan) reports a study has found that brain function could “benefit from bariatric surgery,” although “the effects measured were modest,” citing a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil tracked patients before and after they had weight-loss surgery and found women in that group and the control group did equally well on the cognitive tests. However, “compared with their initial results, the obese women improved on one of the tests – the Trail Making Test – after their surgeries, the researchers found.”
— “Lose weight to gain brain power? Study says it may work,” Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2014.