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
Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies

But finding is too preliminary to say it causes the deadly condition, experts say

Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says

Rules also apply to theater popcorn, bakeries and ice cream parlors

Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut

Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk

Six hours a week of household chores or commuting seem protective, study finds

Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers

ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports

About 96 percent of patients need medical care within two hours

FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue

Experts decided against backing any new warning label for controversial injections

Full-Day Preschool Beats Part-Day for School Preparedness

Full-time program for youngest tots boosts test scores, attendance: study

Health Highlights: Nov. 25, 2014
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  • Phoenix VA Medical Center Director Fired

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Health Tip: What's Behind Allergic Pinkeye?

Frequent causes of allergic conjunctivitis

Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study

If damaged skin exposed to peanut proteins in household dust, chances of allergy higher, researcher says

Most Americans With HIV Don't Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

U.S. experts cite indifference, lack of access to care

New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable

Less pain was reported in study, while image quality was still preserved, researcher says

Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention

Expert advises protective gear, and baseline concussion testing for athletes

Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets

Birds' guts have evolved, allowing them to consume dangerous bacteria, experts say

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse

Study finds illicit drug use more likely after their prescribed medications run out

Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away

Study found modest effect against the disease, but experts say overall healthy diet is still best approach

Adult-Sized ATVs Deadly for Kids, Report Shows

Study highlights risks associated with all-terrain vehicles

Childhood Obesity Brings Host of Health Problems, Researchers Report

High blood pressure, liver problems and heart disease risk upped in heavy kids

Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report

For most, proper skin care and topical treatments help, experts say

FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids

Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

Health Highlights: Nov. 24, 2014
  • World 'Far Away' From Defeating Ebola: WHO Official

  • Private Cancer Specialists Disappearing in U.S.

Health Tip: Getting Active Indoors

Get 60 minutes of exercise inside

Health Tip: Safely Thaw the Thanksgiving Turkey

One option is to thaw in the fridge

Jogging May Help Seniors Walk Better

Study found that the high-aerobic activity of running helped people walk more efficiently

Kids' Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines: Study

Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn't improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed

More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study

Good CPR, getting to hospital fast resulted in better outcomes than using sophisticated methods

Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines

Many eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs based on age alone, study finds

Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds

Additional missed days cost U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, researchers report

Researchers Find Stem Cells That Help Nails Regenerate

Normal function helps with growth, but if nail is damaged, cells focus on repair

Rx for Better Health Care: Kindness and Compassion

Data suggests that gentler, thoughtful approach helps boost patient outcomes, experts say

Some Newly Insured Under 'Obamacare' May Have Trouble Finding Doctors

In certain markets, wary physicians, narrow provider networks pose obstacles to care

Talk Therapy Linked To Lower Suicide Risk

Danish study finds multiple sessions help prevent repeat attempts at ending life

Young Guys in Large Vehicles Most Likely to Survive Crash

Study found that in head-on collisions, lowest death rate was seen among those aged 15-24

Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism

Expert offers tips for parents on how to help children stay calm during hustle and bustle of the season

'Tis the Season of Challenges for Those With Food Allergies

Expert gives tips on avoiding problems