(CBS/AP) A heart that can continue to beat outside of the body? Sounds like something from Edgar Allen Poe.
Actually, storing a donor heart from a brain-dead patient inside a special box that feeds it blood and keeps it pumping while it's transported to its recipient is the cutting edge in organ transplant technology.
If "beating heart' transplants stand the test of time, the days of moving hearts in ice-packed coolers where the heart can only last four to six hours before it starts to deteriorate may come to a close.Continue »
JERUSALEM (CBS/AP) Will robotic pants one day help the paralyzed walk?
Well actually, they already exist, thanks to Amit Goffer, an Isreali entrepreneur, who refused to take his paralysis sitting down.
Goffer lost the use of his legs in a 1997 car crash. So he invented a way out: robotic "pants" that use sensors and motors to allow paralyzed patients to stand, walk and even climb stairs.
After several years of clinical trials in Israel and the United States, units will go on sale in January to rehabilitation centers around the world.Continue »
(CBS) More than 25 years into the epidemic, Americans are reasonably well informed about HIV/AIDS. But a new report reveals that a shocking number of Americans remain in the dark about one very important question:
Am I infected?
Up to 20 percent of the 1.1 million adults living with HIV in the U.S. don't know they are infected with the deadly virus, according to the report, which was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today on the eve of World AIDS Day.
(CBS/AP) Call it a dose of reality for doctors who have been pushing high doses of vitamin D.
A new report from the prestigious Institute of Medicine recommends higher doses of vitamin D, but says there's no proof that megadoses of the vitamin prevent cancer or heart disease. In fact, the report says, high levels of the "sunshine vitamin" could be hazardous.Continue »
(CBS) Toss the Rogaine and Viagra? Not just yet.
But Harvard scientists have found that some effects of aging, such as hair loss, infertility and decreased brain function, can be stopped. And not just stopped: the scientists' research, published today in the journal Nature, showed that it's possible even to reverse the signs of aging.
(CBS) While millions of kids struggle with obesity, another dangerous trend has been hiding in their midst - young kids with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, which can stunt their growth and lead to early heart attacks.
That's according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatric published in the journal Pediatrics.Continue »
(CBS) A revolution in the fight against HIV/AIDS might be around the corner, according to a new study, which found a daily pill, made of two commonly used HIV medications, lowered the risk of infection by 73 percent.
That's for participants who took the drug almost every day. The study found a 44 percent reduction in HIV infection across all 2,499 members of the study, many of whom were taking the drug, a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir, inconsistently.Continue »
(CBS) Got allergies? Watch out where you plant your lips.
For some especially sensitive allergy suffers, the simple act of kissing someone who has ingested an offending food or drug can trigger a serious allergic reaction, according to new research presented at a recent meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.Continue »
(CBS) Toni Braxton is coming out of the closet - about lupus
On Tuesday, the 43-year-old Grammy winner talked about her battle with the disease while accepting a Woman in Achievement award from the 8th Annual Lupus LA Bag Ladies Luncheon.
"Today, I'm going to talk about it because I'm a survivor and I'm here, and I don't want to lose hope," she said. "Take a look - this is what lupus looks like."Continue »
ADELPHI, Md.(CBS/AP) For five decades, Lupus sufferers, ninety percent of whom are women, haven't had much good news.
That's how long it's been since a new drug was introduced to fight the potentially fatal ailment characterized by skin rashes, joint pain and inflammation of the kidneys and other organs.
Now, an FDA panel has declared that Benlyst, a drug from Human Genome Sciences, substantially relieves pain and flare-ups caused by lupus.Continue »