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) Should Ronald McDonald retire?
Healthy-eating activists say the 48-year-old "spokesclown" hooks kids on junk food and insist the time has come for the burger-pushing mascot to hang up his floppy shoes and clown nose.
Not so fast, says McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner. Speaking Thursday at the chain's annual meeting outside Chicago, he said recent newspapers ads calling for Ronald's ouster had prompted an outpouring of support to his office, with parents and customers asking Skinner "to defend their right to choose."Continue »
(CBS) May 21st may or may not mark the end of the world, as gravelly voiced radio evangelist Harold Camping has famously predicted. But Uncle Sam is offering its help the fearful, putting together a tongue-in-cheek action plan for surviving another dreaded doomsday scenario:
A "zombie apocalypse."
"You may laugh now, but when it happens you'll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency," Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Ali S. Khan wrote in an article posted on the CDC website.Continue »
(CBS) Are men being screened for prostate cancer too late - and too often?
That's what some experts are wondering after the results of a new study were revealed at a medical conference on May 19. It showed that testing a man's blood for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) earlier than is now the norm could predict the risk of dying of prostate cancer decades down the road.Continue »
(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/AP) Gabrielle Giffords is recovering after surgery to repair her skull. On Wednesday doctors put a plastic implant in place to cover her brain, according to a statement from TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston.
Her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, now orbiting Earth on the space shuttle, said he was pleased. "She's doing really well. Everything went as planned," Kelly said in a Thursday morning interview. "Her neurosurgeons are very happy, she's recuperating and she's actually getting back to therapy today."Continue »
(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/AP) The death of beloved baseball great Harmon Killebrew has saddened the sports world and cast a spotlight on a rare and deadly disease.
On Tuesday, esophageal cancer claimed the life of the 74-year-old Hall of Famer, who was known as much for his friendly demeanor as for his ferocious swing. Killebrew passed away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his family at his side, according to the Minnesota Twins, his team from 1961-1964.Continue »
(CBS) Can sipping coffee give prostate cancer the slip?
Men who regularly drink coffee - caffeinated or decaf - are significantly less likely to develop a deadly form of the disease, according to a study published online in the May 17 issue of the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute."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 »
(CBS/AP) One of the world's deadliest diseases might get a reprieve, as the U.S. is considering hanging on to its stockpiles of smallpox virus. They're doing so in part out of fears that smallpox could be used by terrorists - in which case having the virus on hand might speed development of treatments for the dreaded illness.Continue »
(CBS) Do ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin pose risks to kids' hearts? A new study suggests the answer is no, but some scientists aren't so sure.
The study - based on records of children in five states - found no increase in the risk for sometimes-deadly cardiovascular "events" like heart attack and stroke among children who take stimulant medications for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.Continue »