Bariatric Surgery
Weight Matters: When Willpower Isn't Enough

Weight Matters: When Willpower Isn't Enough

Most medical weight-loss programs first try to help you make the long-term behavioral changes necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This includes exercising regularly and eating healthy food. If you still remain seriously overweight, you and your doctor might discuss these options. More
A Guide to Bariatric Surgery
Deciding on Surgery
For the surgery to work, you must change your diet and lifestyle. In most cases, the surgery is not reversible. So if you’re considering surgery, learn all you can about it before you decide.
Types of Surgery
There are several different kinds of bariatric surgeries. An early version of the surgery, stomach stapling, has fallen out of favor because the newer surgeries result in greater weight loss.
After Surgery
Bariatric surgery will make it difficult for you to eat a large amount of solid food. After the surgery, you must eat very small meals. Eating too much or too fast may cause unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea.
About Obesity
We've all heard warnings, yet many of us keep gaining weight. More than half of American adults are overweight or obese, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Obesity in the News
A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys Stay Healthy

Less than a glass a day may also help the heart in those who already have kidney disease, researchers found

Aspirin's Ability to Prevent Colon Cancer May Depend on Your Genes

Benefit was seen only with enzyme present, but study isn't definitive

Athletic Trainers First Line of Treatment for Young Basketballers: Study

Many high school athletes assessed for sprains, strains outside the hospital

Early Sign of Kidney Disease Often Ignored, Study Says

Doctors can easily test for excess protein in urine

For Many Men, Impotence Is Treatable Without Drugs

And there's a bonus: heart-healthy changes will boost overall well-being, too, experts say

Gene Therapy May Enhance Cochlear Implants, Animal Study Finds

Growth of cells in inner ear may boost sound sensitivity, researchers say

Guys: Don't Take Your Y Chromosome for Granted

It may contain genes important to male survival, researchers say

Health Highlights: April 23, 2014
  • Ebola Death Toll in West Africa at 147: WHO

  • U.S. Issues Rules to Reduce Coal Miners' Risk of Black Lung

  • Artificial Retina Restores Vision

Health Tip: Signs Your Child Has An Overuse Injury

Is the child in pain while exercising?

Health Tip: When Lifestyle Disrupts Sleep

Stress can keep you awake

People Seek Out Health Info When Famous Person Dies

Survey found Steve Jobs' death in 2011 spurred Americans to learn more about pancreatic cancer

People With Kidney Disease Show Higher Cancer Risk in Study

More research is needed to understand the link, experts say

People With More Education May Recover Better From Brain Injury

Study looked at adults hurt in motor vehicle crashes, falls

Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

But some believe the study is flawed

Religious Music a High Note for Older Christians

Reduced anxiety, other mental health benefits noted in survey

Research Shows Ways to Speed Stroke Care

Studies looked at improvements in ER, specially equipped ambulance that could deliver clot-busting drug

Scientists Study Gene Clues From 115-Year-Old Woman

In research into longevity, they found her white blood cells had many seemingly harmless mutations

Seniors Who Suffer Mental Declines May Face Earlier Death: Study

Those with memory loss fared better than those who showed deficits in thinking abilities

Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

Saying no to surgery, radiation tied to better outcomes in study of abnormal brain connections

Could Cow Fertilizer Help Spread Antibiotic Resistance?

Researchers found high levels of genes for drug resistance in manure from dairy cattle

Eye 'Training' May Help Restore Some Vision Lost to Glaucoma

Gains seen after 3 months using experimental computer program, study says

Fear Won't Boost Exam Scores: Study

Researchers found scare tactics could actually backfire, result in lower grades

For Teen Drivers, Unruly Passengers May Be Greater Threat Than Phones

Findings underscore importance of license restrictions, researchers say

Glaucoma Drug May Help Reverse Obesity-Related Vision Loss

Study gave Diamox, along with weight-loss plan, to patients with a different eye disease

Health Highlights: April 22, 2014
  • Paper Money Carries Thousands of Types of Bacteria: Study

  • HealthCare.gov Users Told to Change Passwords

  • New Muscular Dystrophy Drug's Chances for Approval Improve

  • Oscar Mayer Wieners Recalled

Health Tip: Wash Hands for Food Safety

When you should scrub up

Low Blood Sugar May Affect Heartbeat in People With Diabetes

Study found abnormal rhythms when blood sugar dipped at night in people with type 2 disease

Majority of Americans Support Obamacare Birth Control Provision: Survey

Nearly 7 of 10 favor universal health plan coverage for contraceptives

Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study

Few crimes committed by mentally ill patients were directly linked to symptoms, researcher notes

New Drugs May Help Prevent Migraines

Two early trials show two experimental compounds reduced number of headaches for sufferers

Size of Fetus May Affect Stillbirth Risk

Study linked abnormally low or high weight to greater odds of fetal death

Spouse's Sunny Outlook May Be Good for Your Health

Physical well-being seems to get a boost from having an optimistic partner, study finds

Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

Ativan, Valium both good options for emergency treatment, experts say

Adjusting Your Thermostat Might Improve Your Thinking

Study found people did better at mental tasks in rooms with preferred temperature

Bowel Illnesses Sometimes Coincide in Kids

Children with irritable bowel syndrome were more likely to also have celiac disease in Italian study

Cyramza Approved for Stomach Cancer

Disease kills more than 10,000 people annually

False-Positive Mammograms Don't Deter Women From Future Screening: Study

While most experienced short-term anxiety, it was gone within a year, researchers say

Guys, Don't Bother Trying to Sound Sexy

Study says this is something only women can accomplish

Health Highlights: April 21, 2014
  • HealthCare.gov Users Told to Change Passwords

  • New Muscular Dystrophy Drug's Chances for Approval Improve

  • Oscar Mayer Wieners Recalled

Health Tip: Protect Your Skin

Avoid the sun during peak hours

Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSA

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria common on household surfaces, study finds

Language Problems Common for Kids With ADHD, Study Finds

Anxiety often goes hand in hand with attention disorder, too

Massage May Improve Blood Flow While Easing Muscle Soreness: Study

Benefits seen among inactive people, those who exercised

No Connection Between Induced Labor, Autism: Obgyns

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises against changes to current practice

Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises

Decide ahead of time where to take shelter

Thinking, Memory Problems Tied to Blockages in Neck Artery

Researcher suggests more aggressive treatment might be warranted

Too Little Sleep May Add to Teen Health Problems

Most surveyed got 6 hours or less shuteye a night, and experts blame electronic devices in bedrooms

Too Much Codeine Still Prescribed to U.S. Kids: Study

ERs give potentially dangerous drug to thousands of children each year

Transplant Expert Dispels Organ Donation Misconceptions

April is National Donate Life Month

Genes May Help Determine Your Pain Threshold

Study could explain why some people are more stoic than others, researchers say

How to Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track

Start with a workout plan that's a good fit for you, expert says

If Kids Think Someone's Watching, They're More Likely to Wash Their Hands

Less than half of students soaped up when they were alone, study finds

Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

How to avoid accidental poisonings from chemicals, medications