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
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns

They may sometimes cause serious symptoms that affect the whole body

Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study Says

Researchers find later risk for obesity, alcohol abuse and eating disorders

Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study

Withdrawal symptoms, cravings are harder on people with mood disorders, researchers say

Health Highlights: July 29, 2014
  • $1,000 Pill Now Leading Treatment for Hepatitis C

  • Young Soldiers Suffering High Rates of Erectile Dysfunction, Report Finds

Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Exercise

Here's a list of health benefits

Health Tip: Grill Fruits and Veggies

Meat isn't the only grill-able food

Healthy Habits May Slow Cellular Signs of Aging, Study Finds

Pay attention to your lifestyle during stressful times, researcher says

Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes

Timing of arrival at ER affects how quickly an angioplasty is done, research shows

It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says

Get an eye exam and a valid prescription to help prevent eye damage, experts caution

Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods

To improve their eating habits, don't dwell on the benefits of fruits, veggies, researchers say

Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study

Scans reveal differences that might explain why transitions are difficult

'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

Study found it boosted ability of certain patients to read facial expressions, nonverbal cues

Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool

Skip contact lenses, try goggles, doctor suggests

Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations

But it's not an asset in matters requiring compromise, study finds

CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States

Deadly virus relatively slow to transmit, and travel factors make spread from West Africa unlikely

Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study

Preventing older people from developing additional illnesses may boost life expectancy, researcher says

Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children

And teens, college students should make sure their vaccines are up to date, says Academy of Pediatrics

Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts

Hormone replacement started soon after menopause wasn't linked to hardening of the arteries in study

Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions

Findings especially relevant to social media's obsession with 'selfies,' researchers say

FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia

People with CLL and a specific genetic anomaly can now get the therapy

'Fist Bump' May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

U.K. researchers found it transferred about a tenth of the bacteria that gripping hands did

Health Highlights: July 28, 2014
  • 2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola

Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying

Such as a sudden desire to avoid school

Healthy 'Brown Fat' May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes

Study confirmed it helps regulate blood sugar levels, increases insulin sensitivity in people with more of it

Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills

Lifestyle choices influence long-term outcomes, researcher says

Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students

Kids aren't avoiding healthier fare or throwing more food away, research shows

Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study

More education needed about how to prevent it, researchers say

Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

Patients with polymyalgia rheumatica may be more likely to develop vascular disease, study shows

Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats

Study couldn't explain why more dementia patients had operation, though families' wishes likely a factor

Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

Odds are small, but family, doctors should keep possibility in mind, researchers say

Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan

Just 5 to 10 minutes a day seems to bring benefits, study says

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

Study found overweight kids who had surgery were more likely to become obese within seven months

Health Highlights: July 27, 2014
  • U.S. Doctor Working in Liberia Is Infected With Ebola

Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate

Couples with equal levels of academic achievement less likely to split than if husbands have more, study finds

Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water

Expert offers tips for spotting chlorine poisoning, bacterial infection, secondary drowning in kids

Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds

HPV is the main culprit, but vaccination can reduce the risk, experts say

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

Researchers monitored stool samples of two people for a year

Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

Seniors scored worse on tests than young adults, study says

Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids

Study of twins suggests vocabulary, grammar skills largely inherited

Health Highlights: July 25, 2014
  • CDC Resumes Transfer of Biological Samples Between Labs

Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain

Use an ice pack or heat wrap

Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration

The mind preserves oxygen to protect itself from the effects of too little fluid, research shows

IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5

Maximum payment set at nearly $2,500 for individuals

Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say

American Red Cross, other groups also urge easing restrictions due to better blood screening

Lymphoma Treatment May Harm, Halt Men's Sperm Production

But most men regain their fertility within two years of final treatment, researchers add

Most Adults Are Members of 'Clean Plate Club'

Study shows they finish 92 percent of what's on their plates, kids eat just 59 percent

Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

By third trimester, unborn babies respond to rhymes recited by their mothers, research shows

The 'Hobby Lobby Ruling' and What It Means for U.S. Health Care

Some predict challenges to medical practices that conflict with religious beliefs; others dismiss such scenarios as alarmist