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
2 Drugs Show Promise Against Blood Cancers

Ibrutinib, obinutuzumab slowed progression of common leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Are 2nd Breast Cancer Surgeries Always Necessary?

Study suggests that taking more tissue the first time might reduce need for subsequent procedures

Melanoma Treatment May Not Always Require Extensive Lymph Node Removal

No survival difference seen for patients spared surgery, study says

New Drug Keeps Common Breast Cancer Under Control Longer: Study

Adding Ibrance to standard hormone therapy kept disease from progressing for nine months

150 People May Have Had Contact With Lassa Fever Victim: CDC

But most at little risk of infection from the potentially fatal disease that's rare in U.S.

Babies Prefer Sound of Other Babies Over Adults

Researcher says infants may be 'finding their voice'

Excess Weight Linked to Worse Prostate Cancer Prognosis

Radiation less effective for overweight, obese men, researchers say

FDA Warns of Complications From Facial Fillers

When injections accidentally enter blood vessels, blockages and damage can occur

Gene Test May Predict Success of Cancer Drug in Certain Patients

Finding might one day help doctors better choose patients to receive Keytruda, study says

Health Highlights: May 29, 2015
  • Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $100 Million in Transvaginal Mesh Insert Case

  • Live Anthrax Samples Sent to at Least 18 Labs Across U.S.: CDC

Health Tip: Don't Use Food as a Reward

Here are suggested alternatives

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes From Corneal Abrasion

Wear goggles when you're near machinery

Immune-Based Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Lung Cancer

Patients given nivolumab reported fewer side effects, longer survival than those receiving usual chemo agent

Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

But nearly all given the drug-addiction medication stayed on it once freed, study finds

Millennials Turning Their Backs on Religion

Study finds they are least spiritual generation in six decades

New Research May Help Control Brown Dog Ticks

These pests breed indoors and may be resistant to common pesticides

Rapamune Approved for Rare Lung Disease

LAM affects mostly women of child-bearing age

Smokers May Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers for Surgery

Study finds effect seems to extend to people exposed to secondhand smoke, too

Vets With PTSD Might Need Sleep Apnea Screening: Study

Research suggests risk of nighttime breathing problem rises with severity of post-traumatic stress disorder

Average New Yorker Sits 7 Hours Each Day: Study

Rates may even be higher, and experts warn that too little daily activity can cause serious harm

Bigger Share of Deaths Worldwide Now Due to Cancer

Throat, lung cancers were leading cause of deaths, study finds

Demi Lovato Gets Vocal About Mental Illness

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, pop singer is spearheading new awareness campaign

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Lower Glaucoma Risk

Study found people with highest dose were 25 percent less likely to develop eye condition

FDA Approves New Drugs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Both treat diarrhea that can strike some with the gastrointestinal disorder

Health Highlights: May 28, 2015
  • Live Anthrax Samples Sent to at Least 18 Labs Across U.S.: CDC

  • Cancer-Spreading Hysterectomy Device Focus of FBI Investigation

Health Tip: Exercising Despite Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Start slowly so you don't overdo it

Health Tip: Stretch To Help Plantar Fasciitis

And avoid putting weight on the painful foot

Marriage Before College Graduation Tied to More Weight Gain

Study finds obesity much more likely in 20s, 30s

Murder Most Foul, 430,000 Years Ago

Wounds in ancient skull offer clues for evolutionary detectives

Oil and Gas Industry Worker Death Rate Down by a Third

CDC report notes mortality declined even as industry boomed

Older Hispanic Men at Risk of Hearing Loss, Study Finds

Income, education, noise exposure also play role in odds people will lose their hearing, researchers say

Organ Donor Rates Vary Widely Across America, Study Finds

While whites were more likely to donate, report found race was not only driving factor

Tattoos May Pose Health Risks, Researchers Report

Rashes, itching, infections and swelling found in 6 percent of those 'inked'

Teen Drivers a Danger to Others on the Road, Report Warns

More than two-thirds of those injured, killed in crashes with teen drivers are other people

Two Drugs Approved for Irritable Bowel

Syndrome affects up to 15 percent of U.S. adults

Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

Better access to mental health care is needed, expert says

Chronic Gambling Linked to Depression, Impulsivity

Both should be treated at the same time, researchers say

Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?

Constant exposure to traffic, trains and planes may add inches to your waist, researchers report

Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study

But those with three or four heart risk factors may benefit from getting beta-blockers

For Kids Who Stutter, Rhythm Perception May Be Key

Expert says study emphasizes brain differences in those with speech problem

Gene Testing Can Be Flawed, Study Finds

Labs interpret findings differently, perhaps leading to inappropriate 'treatment'

Global Trial Finds HIV Drugs Should Be Taken Right After Diagnosis

Those who started medications early fared better than those who waited until immune systems weakened

Hallucinations, Delusions Uncommon in General Population: Study

Women, people in wealthier nations more likely to experience these psychotic experiences

Health Highlights: May 27, 2015
  • Live Anthrax Spores Sent Accidentally to U.S. Labs

  • White House Puts Hold on Type of Gene Engineering

  • GMO-Free Similac Advance Baby Formula Announced

Health Tip: Avoiding Overuse Injury

Vary your exercise routine

Health Tip: How Loud is Too Loud?

Signs you may be damaging your hearing

Helpful Bacteria May Help Detect Cancers That Have Spread to Liver

Researchers used harmless strain of E. coli to find metastatic disease in mice

Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Odds of Uterine Cancer

Women who followed it most closely saw significant reduction in risk, study suggests

More Evidence That High-Fiber Diet May Curb Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Effect might be largely due to weight loss linked to eating more grains and vegetables, experts say

MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds

Younger people with the disease appear to face an even greater risk of dying prematurely

Poorer Blacks May Face Higher Odds of Heart Disease

For black women, study finds risk is doubled among those with lowest income

Smokers May Be Less Likely to Vote

'Marginalization' could extend to political mistrust, study suggests

Vegan Diet Might Ease Diabetic Nerve Pain

Study found those who followed it lost average of 15 pounds, had improved blood flow to feet

White Matter Damage in Brain May Help Spot Early Alzheimer's

Study finds widespread changes using specialized MRI

Blood Pressure Vaccine Shows Promise in Rats

Experimental treatment might benefit people who forget to take meds, researcher says

Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development

Fine-motor and social skills slightly improved in boys, but no difference in IQ, researchers say

Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

Lab experiment with 'scent samples' suggests humans pick up on others' positive emotions via sweat

Even Slightly Overactive Thyroid Linked to Higher Fracture Risk

Study found greater chances of breaks in hip bones, spinal areas

Fewer U.S. Hospitals Send New Moms Home With Formula

But CDC survey finds one-third continue the practice, which can undermine breast-feeding efforts

First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception

Researchers find early sperm more likely to achieve a pregnancy

Health Highlights: May 26, 2015
  • GMO-Free Similac Advance Baby Formula Announced

Health Tip: Be Safe Around Lawn Mowers

Don't let kids play nearby while mowing

Heed the Warning Signs of Teen Suicide, Experts Say

Withdrawal, changes in daily habits can signal trouble

Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse

Study suggests improved coping for those whose loved ones had end-of-life care

Immune-Based Therapy Uses Virus to Fight Advanced Melanoma

Study shows it helped a minority of patients, and experts say this approach has promise

'Moderate'Drinking Might Harm Older People's Hearts: Study

Research seems to question current recommendations regarding alcohol consumption

Newer Birth Control Pills May Slightly Raise Blood Clot Risk

Study finds effect with brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen, but risk to any one user remains very low

Potential Ebola Drug Target Identified in Mouse Study

Researchers zero in on a key protein involved in infection

Soy Supplements Won't Ease Asthma, Study Finds

Clinical trial refutes prior notion that the nutrient might boost lung function

U.S. Traveler Returning From Liberia Dies of Lassa Fever: CDC

Only sixth known case in United States since 1969, but virus is much less deadly than Ebola