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  1. Brain Stimulation as Last-Ditch Obesity Treatment?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, researchers have shown that implanting electrodes in the brain's "feeding center" can be safely done -- in a bid to develop a new treatment option for severely obese people who fail to shed pounds even after w

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  2. Mom's Weight Loss Surgery May Help Later Offspring

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss operations in women could be a genetic bonus for the health of their future children, a new study suggests. Researchers found differences in the activity of genes in children born to women after they'd had gastric by

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  3. Losing Weight May Ease Chronic Heartburn

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Obese and overweight men and women who suffer from heartburn often report relief when they lose weight, a new study shows. The researchers tracked the effects of weight loss over a year in patients who had a persistent form of

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  4. Gene Variations & Weight Gain Among Men, Women

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Weight gain in men and women is predicted by two different genetic variations -- so-called polymorphisms, according to a new study from the Netherlands. Men with a certain mutation of the FTO gene had an 87 percent gre

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  5. Money Motivates Weight Loss -- One Step at a Time

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- When a health insurer told obese people they could either pay 20 percent more for coverage or start exercising, most of them decided to get active, according to a new study. More than 6,500 obese people insured by Blue Care Net

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  6. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Had Weight Loss Surgery

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent weight-loss surgery in February. The governor told the New York Post that he had the lap-band procedure at the urging of his family and friends. Lap-band surgery involves placing a silicone tube around the top of the stomach in order to restrict the

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  7. How Weight-Loss Surgery Improves Diabetes Control

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Gastric bypass -- a widely used weight-loss procedure -- appears to change the hormones and amino acids produced during digestion, which could explain how the surgery eliminates symptoms of type 2 diabetes, according to a smal

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  8. Most Americans Oppose Soda, Candy Taxes

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. adults aren't sweet on the idea of soda and candy taxes, and many doubt the bigger price tags would trim the national waistline. That's the finding of a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll released Thursday. In the o

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  9. Eat Less if You Know Time Needed to Burn Calories?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Menus that show how much exercise will be needed to burn off the calories in meals may help reduce how much people eat, researchers report. The new study included 300 people, aged 18 to 30, who were given either a menu without

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  10. Tackling Diet, Exercise Together Produces Best Results: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to get healthy, tackling both diet and exercise is better than trying to improve one lifestyle habit at a time, new research suggests. The researchers did add that if you need to start with just one lifestyle c

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