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
Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men

Study didn't find same effect in young women or teens of either sex

Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says

Success rates for in vitro fertilization were half those of white women

Cameraman Treated for Ebola Now 'Free' of the Virus

After two weeks of treatment at Nebraska Medical Center, hospital says Ashoka Mukpo can go home to Rhode Island

Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself

Mental health experts offer antidotes to what they see as unnecessary worry on some Americans' part

Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say

American, Canadian vaccines both in safety trials that should be complete by December

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper

Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say

Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

Genetic variation also linked to less dense tissue

Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2014
  • Paralyzed Man Walks After New Type of Spinal Surgery

  • Millions of U.S. Car Owners Urged to Get Air Bag Defect Repaired

  • Ban Most Edible Marijuana Products: Colorado Health Officials

Health Tip: Snacking After School

Take steps to avoid getting sick

Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study

Air-particle levels in smoking households almost 10 times higher than nonsmoking homes

Research Shows No Link Between Vaccinations, Risk for Multiple Sclerosis

Large study finds no association, although certain shots might speed onset of existing illness

Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage

Electronic stethoscope amplifies sounds of breathing changes, thickening of heart muscle

Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC

Firestone efforts to protect employees may have limited spread of disease on rubber tree plantation

Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says

Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns

Never eat them dry, especially if you have swallowing problems, expert says

As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds

National data shows a 28 percent rise in men opting for the procedure

CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients

Full body suits, respirators now recommended, along with monitor to observe workers removing gear

Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds

Delaying procedure also linked with higher costs, experts say

'Desensitized' Parents Let Kids Watch More Movie Violence, Sex

Study found that as parents viewed more of it themselves, they became more lax about how much kids could see

Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet

With flu season approaching, finding an accurate, speedy screening method will become more important

For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze?

Study suggests male beverage consumption affects in vitro fertilization results

Goodbye to Reading Glasses?

Implantable eye device shows promise in preliminary trial, researchers say

Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2014
  • Ban Most Edible Marijuana Products: Colorado Health Officials

  • EPA Considers Regulating Strontium in Drinking Water

  • New Fitbit Flex Debuts After Consumer Complaints About Skin Problems

  • Funding for Risky Infectious Disease Research Halted: White House

Health Tip: Listen to Your Child About Food Allergies

Things kids may say when they're having an allergic reaction

Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy

Reasons include having to go more often

Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

Taking drug in addition to chemotherapy also reduces risk of cancer recurrence

Man Treated for Ebola in Atlanta Now 'Free' of the Virus

Unidentified patient arrived at Emory University Hospital Sept. 9, was discharged Sunday, officials say

Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children

Study finds that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home

Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals

Experts say findings have troubling implications for use of drugs to treat livestock

Parkinson's Drugs May Spur Compulsive Behaviors

Study estimated a 10 percent increased risk of impulsive gambling, shopping and hypersexuality

Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports

Staff at 5 airports will identify and screen these travelers for Ebola infection before entry

Pricey Hepatitis Drug a Good Bet in U.S. Prisons, Study Says

Researchers conclude Sovaldi is cost-effective

Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

Having health insurance also associated with better readings

Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

To end this paradoxical practice, certain drug stores no longer sell tobacco products

Scientists Grow, Implant Human Intestinal Tissue in Mice

Research may provide model to study digestive diseases, future treatments

U.S. Preparing Tighter Infection Controls for Ebola Patients: Report

Among the recommendations: full body suits so no skin is showing

Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods

Study finds easy access to nutritious fare important for successful weight loss

Obama Urges Calm in Ebola Scare, Opposes Travel Ban

Government's moves must be 'guided by science,' he says

Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes

Identifying problems may prevent sudden cardiac arrest, new guidelines suggest

Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do

Both parents tend to view exercise as a selfish behavior that takes up family time, researcher says

Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows

Validation by peers also decreased likelihood of self-harm

Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds

People who ate out a lot also had worse cholesterol levels than those who dined at home

Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2014
  • Joan Rivers Died of Brain Damage Caused by Low Oxygen: Medical Examiner

  • Black Box Warning Should Remain on Chantix: FDA Panel

Health Tip: Enjoy Your Coffee, But ...

Don't overdo the sweeteners and added fats

Health Tip: Watch Your Family's Portion Sizes

Use smaller plates and bowls

Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'

Ron Klain, a trusted White House adviser, has a reputation for handling political challenges

Older Antibiotic Still Works Against Staph Infections, Study Finds

Vancomycin safe and effective, doctors should not turn to newer antibiotics, researchers say

Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study

Length of labor didn't seem to influence recollections of pain, researchers found

Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids

Access to care might play a role, researcher says

Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit

Behavioral counseling plus medication beats other strategies, study finds

U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year

Researchers suggest this may be to boost academic achievement

Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood

Negativity less likely in people with a positive gait, study says

Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema

Researchers saw some improvement in winter-related symptoms

WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa

Incompetent staff blamed in internal memo from U.N. health agency, news service reports