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
Animal Experiments Shed Light on HIV's Ability to Hide

Viral 'reservoir' in body develops earlier than thought, thwarting attempts at cure, scientists say

Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives

Xolair found safe, effective for reducing symptoms, study finds

Could Probiotics Help Tame High Blood Pressure?

Study suggests effect from helpful microbes in yogurt, supplements, but more research is needed

Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen's Health, Too

Study found lower-income kids at challenging high schools less likely to engage in risky behaviors

Health Highlights: July 21, 2014
  • Videotaping Ob/Gyn Costs Hopkins $190 Million

  • Fruit Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

  • FDA Warns Against Use of Powdered Caffeine

  • Actor James Garner Dies at 86

Health Tip: Using the Web for Health Information

Make sure the information, source are sound

Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

Older age, past stroke among factors that boost short and long-term odds of post-op stroke, study finds

Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids

That, in turn, may help reduce health ills, such as diabetes and heart disease, researcher says

No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

And women tend to fare worse than men, study finds

Scientists Discover New Way to Make Human Platelets

Findings could one day help meet increasing global demand for blood transfusions, researchers say

Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA

Molecular tool might lead to more definitive treatment, but current research didn't treat patients, just cells

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests

Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds

But too many children and teens remain obese, experts say

Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

Findings suggest genetics play a bigger role than environment in risk of disorder

HIV Diagnoses Down in U.S., Except for Young Gay Males: CDC

Messages about safe sex may be falling on deaf ears, researcher notes

Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms

More than half surveyed said the water pipes weren't dangerous

Antipsychotics Linked to Lower Brain Volume in Schizophrenia Patients

But mental function, symptoms of illness were not worsened, researchers say

Can Bike Riding Up Prostate Cancer Risk?

Experts note study findings aren't definitive, and risk is minimal

Drug-Resistant Superbug Increasing in Southeast U.S. Hospitals

Fivefold rise in cases reported at community hospitals over five years, study finds

EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling

Should work much like sunscreen SPF labels, telling users how much protection they will get, agency says

Food Safety Tips for the Summer

Clean hands, proper food temperatures are key to preventing foodborne illnesses, expert says

Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans

Study found moms who returned to part-time work were better able to meet their goals

Health Highlights: July 18, 2014
  • AIDS Researchers, Activists on Malaysian Airliner That Was Shot Down

  • FedEx Corp. Charged With Illegal Delivery of Drugs Without Prescriptions

  • New Hepatitis C Drug a $55 Billion Burden for States: Study

  • New Drug Approved for Rare Disease That Causes Sudden Swelling

  • CDC Lacks 'Culture of Safety': Director

Health Tip: Keep a Food Diary

It may help you lose weight

Health Tip: Thwart Mold at Home

Address any leaks or damp areas

HPV Test Beats Pap Smear in Gauging Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Study of over 1 million women suggests it could be stand-alone screening method

Many Sexually Active U.S. Teens Not Tested for HIV: CDC

Only 22 percent of those at risk get screened, and researchers think complacency may be why

Scientists Spot Gene Behind Rare but Fatal Disease in Children

SAVI causes blistering and organ damage, but pinpointing culprit DNA offers hope

Soldiers' Use of Mental Health Services Up, Stigma Down, Study Finds

But two-thirds who need care still don't seek it, researchers say