Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q and A: What is degenerative disk disease?

I've been struggling with back stiffness and pain for a long time, but it has gotten worse in the last few years. My doctor told me that I have degenerative disk disease. What exactly does that mean? Is it common and what ...

Overweight & Obesity

New guidance: Use drugs, surgery early for obesity in kids

Children struggling with obesity should be evaluated and treated early and aggressively, including with medications for kids as young as 12 and surgery for those as young as 13, according to new guidelines released Monday.

Overweight & Obesity

How much money is too much for obesity treatments?

A new generation of effective weight loss drugs is now available in the U.S., but the drugs' high cost highlights a reality hurting the nation's economy and those who want to shed pounds: Obesity is expensive, and so are ...

Surgery

After 30 years, new guidelines for weight-loss surgery

Two of the world's leading authorities on bariatric and metabolic surgery have issued new evidence-based clinical guidelines that among a slew of recommendations expand patient eligibility for weight-loss surgery and endorse ...

Overweight & Obesity

Are midlife women doomed to gain weight?

Weight gain is a common complaint of midlife women, with more than two-thirds of midlife US women being over the ideal weight threshold. Aging-related metabolic changes promote weight gain in both sexes, but women face additional ...

Medications

Weight loss surgery can change the way medicines work

About a third of Australians are obese and some require surgery to help with weight loss. However the surgery can change the way medicines work. In Australian Prescriber, weight loss experts Dr. Teresa Girolamo and Rosemary ...

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