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Weight-loss devices: How they work

Weight-loss devices—including gastric balloons, a vagus nerve stimulator, and an external stomach pump—may help people eat or absorb less food. They may appeal to people who don’t want to undergo weight-loss surgery, which involves a permanent change to the gastrointestinal… (Locked) More »

Should you consider a low-cost hearing-aid alternative?

The FDA no longer enforces the requirement for getting a hearing test before purchasing a hearing aid. However, while nonprescription FDA-cleared hearing aids aren’t available yet, a variety of personal sound amplification products are, and they may be good alternatives… (Locked) More »

Tips to find a new doctor

It helps to turn to friends and Internet sources when searching for a new primary care physician. But it’s also important to ask a new doctor questions about his or her approach to care, how long it takes to get… (Locked) More »

A better option for stroke prevention?

For more than 60 years, people at a high risk for stroke from atrial fibrillation—an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots—had one choice of drug treatment: warfarin. But a better option may be direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), which… (Locked) More »

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