Jan 15, 2015

U.S. approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

U.S. federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant that treats obesity by zapping nerves connecting the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is ...

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

Jan 9, 2015

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

by Sophie Knight

It’s January. The bars are empty and the gyms are full of people with good intentions. By February or March, of course, that situation will reverse, as new year resolutions begin to flag and it becomes increasingly difficult to justify that extortionate gym membership. ...

Woman hopes Internet fame translates to TV

Jan 9, 2015

Woman hopes Internet fame translates to TV

A 170-kg North Carolina woman whose dancing video was seen by more than 6 million people online last year is trying to be the next reality TV star. The TLC network will premiere “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” on Tuesday. It is about Whitney ...

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

Jan 9, 2015

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

From bracelets that measure body fat to robots that coach children through chemotherapy, the International CES electronics trade show brimmed with gadgets promising prescriptions for healthier lives. Innovations on display by companies such as California-based Neurosky and Melomind of Paris involved measuring brain activity ...

Jan 8, 2015

Testosterone surprisingly stymies some prostate cancer

The hormone testosterone, which fuels the growth of prostate cancer, unexpectedly stymies the disease in certain cases, according to researchers who found it made tumors more vulnerable to treatment in some patients. Prostate cancer is the most common tumor in men. It typically kills ...