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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.

Physicians Group: Weigh Costs In Treating Patients

There is a lot of debate these days about the costs of medical care, and the risks. On Monday, the American College of Physicians issued new ethical guidelines on whether doctors should consider costs when deciding how to treat patients.

Japanese Smoking Culture Proves Hard To Snuff Out

Japan has long been a friendly place for smokers. Despite tens of billions of dollars in cigarette-related health costs and damages, anti-smoking initiatives have always had trouble gaining traction.

What Vietnam Taught Us About Breaking Bad Habits

In the 1970s, a sizable number of U.S. servicemen in Vietnam self-identified as heroin addicts. But when they returned stateside, the number of these soldiers who continued their addiction was surprisingly low. Why? Turns out a massive disruption in their environment and routine played a big role in helping them change their behavior.