Balloon may buoy weight-loss options

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

For many struggling with obesity, taking one of the newly approved prescription medications for weight loss (marketed as Qsymia, Belviq and Contrave) feels like climbing a mountain with a walking cane — it's a little help, but not enough. And bariatric surgery — a permanent replumbing of the intestinal tract that is expensive and carries the risks of major surgery — feels like a bit too much help.

Stay in shape while traveling

By Marissa Harshman May 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Family vacations, road trips and camping weekends are just around the corner as Clark County inches toward summer.

Be Fit Club provides free activities, advice to promote health

By Marissa Harshman April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Jim Schaefer had to hit bottom, crawling on hands and knees due to the pain in his feet, before he decided to take his diabetes seriously.

Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Associated Press March 31, 2014 2:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON — New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

'Biggest Loser' sparks 'thin' debate

By Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times February 24, 2014 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — All you had to see were the faces of the coaches to know that one contestant had maybe gone too far in her quest to be this season's winner of "The Biggest Loser."

Obesity surgery bolsters women's sex lives

By Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg News February 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Women who undergo weight-loss surgery have healthier hormone levels and report marked improvement in sexual function as they shed unwanted pounds, researchers said.

Student fights 'fat-bashing'

By Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press January 6, 2014 6 a.m.

DETROIT — The hate mail comes in batches — some short, some rambling, and most laced with words unprintable here.

Doctors are told to get serious about patients' obesity

By MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press November 14, 2013 6 a.m.

ATLANTA — Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.

Many health woes in teens seeking obesity surgery

By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press November 11, 2013 5:59 a.m.

CHICAGO — U.S. teens seeking weight-loss surgery have a startling number of health problems that used to be seen only in adults, according to a major government-funded study.

Ancestors' exposure to DDT may contribute to obesity, study says

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times October 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be playing a role in high rates of obesity three generations later, a new study says.

Calorie numbers may not mean what we think they do

By Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Inquirer October 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Richard Wrangham, a primate expert at Harvard University, discovered an interesting thing when he tried to eat like the chimpanzees he was studying.

Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Way before Weight Watchers or "The Biggest Loser," a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity.

Camas' Laina Harris pushes through weight loss setbacks

By Marissa Harshman October 7, 2013 6 a.m.

In 14 hours, Laina Harris saw her biggest goal slip through her fingers.

After gallbladder surgery, Laina Harris' resolve redoubled

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2013 10 a.m.

The last month has taken a physical and emotional toll on Laina Harris.

Fat sheds calories when tissue chilled

By Elizabeth Norton, ScienceNOW July 22, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like the ultimate form of weight control, but the idea isn't that far-fetched. Unexpectedly, some fat cells directly sense dropping temperatures and release their energy as heat, according to a new study; that ability might be harnessed to treat obesity and diabetes, researchers suggest.


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