(CBS) A prominent health advocacy group is shining a harsh light on the FDA's new rules for sunscreen labels.
The rules - which come after decades of deliberation - are intended to help eliminate misleading claims about sun protection factors, water resistance, and cancer and wrinkle prevention, as CBS News reported on Tuesday.Continue »
(CBS) Doctors and patients are bursting with excitement over an innovative new treatment for aneurysms - those potentially deadly weakened portions of blood vessel walls.
It's basically glue.
(CBS/AP) "For the first time in history, children in developing countries will receive the same vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia as children in rich countries."
That was the victorious message Bill Gates delivered after a global vaccine summit held in London, on June 13.
His foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with other international donors, pledged more than $4 billion to buy vaccines to protect millions of children from diseases like measles and yellow fever, in addition to pneumonia.Continue »
Most American kids are now getting recommended vaccines, according to a new survey. Does that mean the controversy surrounding childhood vaccines has died down?
Not even close.
Although 95 percent of parents say they vaccinate their kids, most say they worry that the vaccines are unsafe.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Jack Kevorkian has died, but the cause he long championed - physician-assisted suicide - lives on.
The ghoulish-but-folksy physician died Friday not by his own hand but at a hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., where he was being treated for pneumonia and kidney problems. He was 83.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Failure. That's the word a high-level international panel is using to describe the decades-long global war on drugs.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy panel issued a report that said, "Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won."Continue »
(CBS/AP) After battling the flesh-and-blood know-it-alls on "Jeopardy!," IBM supercomputer Watson is getting ready for its next big challenge - helping doctors navigate the increasingly complex world of medicine.
Watson is being groomed to be a bedside medical tool - digesting medical textbooks, journals, treatment guidelines as well as information from patients' blogs to diagnose illnesses quickly and accurately.Continue »
Voters in San Francisco will soon be able to weigh in, as a measure to ban male circumcision is on the ballot for the upcoming November election.
(CBS/AP) Fast food restaurants get lots of criticism for serving up fatty, salty, calorie-dense fare. But Don Gorske has no complaints. The 57-year-old retired prison guard was just honored at his hometown McDonalds for eating his 25,000th Big Mac - a feat that took him 39 years to accomplish.
(CBS) Americans often take for granted that there's a hospital nearby in case they need urgent medical attention. But with the rising cost of emergency care, that may no longer be the case.
A new study shows that from 1990 to 2009, the number of emergency rooms in the U.S. plummeted from 2,446 to 1,779 - a 27-percent decline. That number includes only ERs in non-rural areas, since rural ERs typically receive federal funding that keeps them open.Continue »
(CBS) How long will you live?
That question may no longer be an idle one, as scientists say they've come up with a simple blood test that reveals your "biological age," permitting a reasonable estimate of just how soon you're likely to encounter the grim reaper.Continue »
CBS) No fatties allowed! That seems to be the policy of some doctors in Florida - and medical ethicists are crying foul.
In a poll of 105 obstetrics-gynecology practices in South Florida, 15 said they refuse to treat even healthy patients who exceed certain weight cut-offs. Some practices set the cut-off at 200 pounds.Continue »