High-Tech Treatments: Can They Help You?

Show Synopsis

Can you rewire your brain to eat less? A new implant claims to control your appetite! From weight loss to jet lag to a leaking bladder, The Doctors reveal the best high-tech treatments that could help you! Then, meet “Vomiting Larry,” a robot who’s helping researchers stop a dangerous new virus! And May May Ali, daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, joins The Doctors to set the record straight about her father’s health and discuss new advances in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Gastric Bypass: Worth the Health Risks?
A new study reports the number of bariatric surgeries to combat obesity has increased more than 800 percent in the past decade. Last year, more than 200,000 people had gastric bypass, compared with 12,000 in 1998. When is the surgery necessary?The Doctors discussthe related health risks.


Less Weight but Same Health Costs?
Despite the increased popularity of bariatric surgery, a study shows it does not lower health costs for patients.


Health Risks for Female Patients
Half of all gastric bypass surgeries are performed on women of child-bearing age.  OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson discusses the unique health risks for women.

Health Match=Love Match?
A new trend in online dating allows people to search for a potential love connection based on shared medical conditions.  


“Whether it’s ADD, anxiety disorders, paralysis, Tourette’s syndrome or even STDs — you can find a person who shares that medical history,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

But are these sites taking online dating too far?

“It doesn’t have to be about love. I actually like the idea of this just as a community gathering,” Dr. Travis says.

For more information, visit the Prescription4Love and No Longer Lonely websites.

High-Tech Gadgets to Change Your Life
The April issue of Reader’s Digest focuses on solving health mysteries, and Dr. Travis appears on the cover. Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello joins The Doctors to discuss three high-tech gadgets that could change your life.

Go behind the scenes with Dr. Travis on the cover shoot for Reader’s Digest.


The Eat Less Implant
Researchers are testing the first intelligent weight loss implant. Find out how it works.


Blindness Prevention
A stent as small as an eyelash can prevent blindness in patients with glaucoma. Learn about glaucoma and how the implant works.


Jet Lag Cure?
The Doctors test a pair of glasses that can reset your internal body clock and cure jet lag.


Dangerous New Viral Outbreak: Protect Your Family
A new strain of norovirus, which causes your stomach or intestines to get inflamed, has been spreading across the country. The contagious virus leads to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. The Doctors explain how norovirus can survive for a long time on household surfaces.

Meet Vomiting Larry
Vomiting Larry is a robot researchers are using to study how norovirus spreads and how to better prevent it.

Norovirus: Fact or Fiction?
Is it the same as the stomach flu? Can you catch it from touching a doorknob or from sharing a meal?


Stop the Spread
Learn how to stop the spread of norovirus in your home.



How Muhammad Ali Champions Parkinson’s Disease Research
Since he stunned his fans when he announced he had Parkinson's disease in 1984, boxing legend Muhammad Ali has championed research efforts and inspired others with his winning attitude.

Ali is one of more than 1 million Americans who are living with Parkinson’s disease, and each year another 60,000 are diagnosed. Parkinson’s is a progressive, debilitating disease that starts in the brain and affects motor function.

The boxer's daughter May May Ali joins The Doctors to set the record straight about her father’s health and discuss new advances in the fight against Parkinson's disease.

“Being a part of a Parkinson’s community and learning more about the disease, you and your family, is so important because it can improve your quality of life," she says. "The more you know, the better it is.”

Stress Incontinence
Wendy, a mother of three, loves to exercise, but she’s noticed that her bladder tends to leak when she’s doing high-impact activities. “Is there a way to fix this or help it, because the whole Kegels thing is not quite cutting it.”

Making a Good Impression
Say goodbye to the goop and gagging that comes with making cement impressions for dental treatments. With a device called iTero, high-tech digital impressions are replacing those messy trays. See how it works.

 

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