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Study: Weight-Loss Surgery Can Cut Deaths From Heart Attacks, Strokes

Morbidly obese people who had bariatric surgery had fewer heart attacks and strokes than similar people who didn't have the surgery, Swedish researchers found. Even so, a U.S. surgeon cautions that the benefits of the procedure don't necessarily outweigh the risks for many people.

Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future

Arguments between teens and parents can be a critical training ground for teens to learn how to resist negative peer pressure, research suggests. The best thing parents can do to help their teenager argue more effectively? Listen.

In 'The Fat Trap,' Our Bodies Work Against Us

Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. And when many of them try to take off the extra pounds, their bodies fight to stay fat. Tara Parker-Pope, who described "The Fat Trap" in The New York Times Magazine, and Dr. Arthur Frank talk about why some people appear more biologically prone to obesity.

Should Doctors Be 'Parsimonious' About Health Care?

The American College of Physicians urges internists to take cost-effectiveness into consideration when making decisions about patient care, triggering a debate.

Making The Best Of A Hospital Stay By Quitting Smoking

Most hospitals make little effort to screen patients for tobacco use or to help smokers kick the habit permanently. That's a missed opportunity. Starting this month, though, hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco-cessation measures to help them comply with accreditation standards.