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
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

Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

Sense of smell also altered for some patients in British study

Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

Study author urges caution for doctors prescribing benzodiazepines to this group

Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

Researchers compared college students in five nations

Happy Couples Nestle Together at Night, Survey Finds

Respondents were unhappier with relationship as sleeping distance grew

Health Highlights: April 18, 2014
  • Treatment Costs New Focus for Medical Groups

  • Scientists Create First Embryo Clones Using Cells From Adults

  • Lowe's Agrees to Stricter Oversight of Lead Paint Renovations: EPA

  • Guinea Ebola Outbreak Caused by New Virus Strain: Researchers

Health Tip: Avoid Driving During Flood Warning

You may not be able to tell how much water is on the road

Health Tip: If Your Child is Constipated

Signs the youngster should see a doctor

How to Make 'Low-Cal' Menu Options More Palatable

Study authors recommend not grouping these dishes together

More People Worldwide Eating 'Healthy' Fats, Study Finds

But consumption of harmful fats stuck at same levels as 20 years ago

Nurses' Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

Efficient teamwork reduces hospital stays

Oil-Swishing Craze: Snake Oil or All-Purpose Remedy?

Some people swear by the practice, but little research exists to back up health claims

Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy

Tablet placed under the tongue

Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

Making good meal choices is harder, researcher says

Scientists Probe What Makes People Get Their Groove On

Offbeat rhythms of funk, hip-hip, R and B work best to get listeners on the dance floor, study finds

So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

Overweight, not waist size, was tied to higher odds of developing disease in older women

Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

Study found those with hay fever who had high levels of stress suffered more severe symptoms

Suddenly Health Insurance Is Not for Sale

People hoping to buy private coverage for 2014 could be out of luck, but some windows may exist

Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought

Study suggests manufacturers test for all strains of P. aeruginosa to prevent infection

Creative Pursuits Might Boost Your Job Performance

Study finds association between self-expression, improved problem-solving skills

FDA Approves Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pill

Ragwitek helps the body immunize itself against the offending plant

FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

'Laparoscopic power morcellation' may increase women's cancer risk, agency says

Health Highlights: April 17, 2014
  • Scientists Create First Embryo Clones Using Cells From Adults

  • Lowe's Agrees to Stricter Oversight of Lead Paint Renovations: EPA

  • Guinea Ebola Outbreak Caused by New Virus Strain: Researchers

Health Tip: Avoid Diaper Rash

Keep your little one dry and clean

Health Tip: Avoid Emotional Driving

Suggestions to stay calm and focused

Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Risk in Adulthood

Study of more than 10,000 people suggests these infants may someday have more health problems

Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

Children need inclusion in clinical trials to ensure safety, effectiveness, researchers say

Mouse Study Reveals New Secrets of Fertilization

British researchers discover receptors on egg cells that allow sperm to attach, fertilize egg

Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football 'Hits'

Study found some players still showed brain changes 6 months after season had ended

Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon 'Watchful Waiting' Approach

European study tracked how many men came back for regular checkups over 13 years

Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

New CDC report finds certain contaminants, such as Vibrio and E. coli, on the rise

School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire

Kids ended up drinking less fat-free white milk, too, Oregon study finds

Scientists Find New Way to Observe 'Good' Brown Fat

Information from MRI scans might help in obesity, diabetes research

Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

Cryptococcus neoformans can be especially threatening to people with weak immune systems

Small Childbirth Change Might Help Prevent Iron Deficiency in Babies: Study

With mothers holding newborns differently, cord clamping could be delayed, researchers say

Tonsillectomy May Spur Weight Gain in Kids, But Won't Cause Obesity: Study

Post-op rise in weight occurs mostly in younger, thinner children, research shows

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance

35 percent of registrants are younger than 35 years old, administration officials say

Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

But the findings only show an association; they don't prove cause and effect, experts say

Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds

Report should reassure women at this stage of life, researcher says

Cancer 'Vaccine' for Advanced Disease Passes Early Hurdle

But research is still in preliminary stages and there's no proof it will work

Chimps Prefer Firm 'Mattress'

Like humans, they're highly selective about where they sleep, researcher says

Crunchy or Smooth? Food's Texture May Sway Perception of Calories

When study participants were thinking about calories, they ate more of the crunchier items, less of the soft

Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

But at the same time, rates of diabetes have more than tripled, researchers report

Experimental Measles Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

If one day approved to treat people with infection, it might reduce their symptoms, researchers say

Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

Study of dermatologists found those with access to samples from drug makers more likely to prescribe expensive meds

Health Highlights: April 16, 2014
  • Miley Cyrus in Hospital After Reaction to Antibiotics

  • Actress Valerie Harper Says She's Cancer-Free

  • E-Cigarettes Caused Cancerous Changes in Lung Cells: Study

Health Tip: Preventing Stairway Falls

Make sure stairs are well-lit and clear of clutter

Health Tip: Use a Safe Stroller

Make sure toys can't fall on your child

Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

Neural systems tied to gauging social cues appear 'over-connected' in children with the disorder

Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

The 17-day treatment prevented blood vessel clogging that could threaten reconnection, surgeons say

Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

5 percent of adults are affected each year, data from several studies suggest

Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant

Technique allows withdrawal of anti-rejection drugs after a year

Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest

U.S. study shows geographic trends in use of complementary and alternative medicine

Your 'Healthy' Bacteria Are as Individual as You Are

Study finds helpful microbial communities vary person to person