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Melissa Healy

Melissa Healy is a health and science reporter with the Los Angeles Times writing from the Washington, D.C., area. She covers prescription drugs, obesity, nutrition and exercise, and neuroscience, mental health and human behavior. She's been at The Times for more than 30 years, and has covered national security, environment, domestic social policy, Congress and the White House. As a baby boomer, she keenly follows trends in midlife weight gain, memory loss and the health benefits of red wine.
Weight-loss surgery is associated with a reduced risk of melanoma, researchers say

Bariatric surgery not only reduces the risk of diabetes and other cardiometabolic diseases, it also drastically reduces the risk of melanoma, researchers say.

Obesity may make women more vulnerable to a host of cancers, especially if they gain weight quickly

Obesity was linked with an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial and kidney cancer in women, especially if that weight gain occurred rapidly.

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