(CBS/AP) "Daddy, you're so handsome." That's what the country's newest face transplant recipient said his young daughter told him when she saw him after his operation.
Sporting a goatee and dark sunglasses, Dallas Wiens (pronounced WEENS) joined surgeons Monday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston in his first public appearance since the 15-hour procedure in March.
Wiens was blinded and his facial features burned away when he hit a power line while painting a church in November 2008. But he was upbeat about his new nose, lips, skin, muscle, and nerves - all from an anonymous donor.Continue »
(CBS) When kids get conked on the noggin, many emergency doctors are quick to order a CT scan to rule out traumatic brain injury (TBI) - often at the urging of worried parents. But a new study suggests that approach may be bad medicine.
Why is that? Because in addition their high cost, CT scans expose kids to ionizing radiation that may increase the risk of developing cancer down the road.Continue »
(CBS/AP) They're unsafe. That's what the government is saying about tens of thousands of tabletop feeding chairs sold for babies and toddlers.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says kids could be hurt in certain versions of the "metoo" clip-on tabletop chairs imported by Colorado-based phil&teds USA and sold online as well as at nationwide retailers such as Target and Toys R Us.Continue »
(CBS) Cancer is always bad news, but a new study suggests homosexuals may struggle more than the rest.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health found that gay men were 1.9 times more likely to report a cancer diagnosis than their straight counterparts. And lesbian and bisexual female cancer survivors were twice as likely to report fair or poor health compared to straight women. That comes from analysis of more than 120,000 people in a California health survey.Continue »
(CBS) "You have cancer."
Even today, those are some of the scariest words a patient can hear. But things were way worse in the 1800s and early 1900s, when there were no CT scans and when tumor-killing drugs and other advanced treatments were still a far-off dream.
Though he's an eye doctor, Dr. Stanley B. Burns knows a bit about 19th Century cancer care. That's because he possesses one of the world's largest collections of vintage medical photographs, including many images of long-dead cancer patients and doctors.Continue »
(CBS/AP) How many kids have an autism spectrum disorder? U.S. estimates have suggested a rate of about one in 100 children, but a new study from South Korea puts the number at a surprisingly high one in 38.
The scientists behind the new study don't think South Korea has more autistic children than the U.S., but instead that autism often goes undiagnosed in many nations. U.S. estimates are based on education and medical records, not the more time-consuming survey conducted in South Korea.Continue »
(CBS) Why is it so hard to lose weight? People offer up all sorts of explanations, from being unable to resist the temptation of fatty food to being too busy to work out. But a new study seems to suggest a rather surprising cause:
Simply looking at fat people.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Seve Ballesteros earned fame battling other golfing greats on the pro tour, but in recent years the 54-year-old Spaniard has been engaged in a different sort of fight.
He's been battling a brain tumor - and the fight isn't going well.
(CBS) Can blowing your nose be deadly? It can if you have an aneurysm in your brain, a.k.a. a cerebral aneurysm. And nose-blowing is just one of eight everyday activities that can trigger a cerebral aneurysm to burst, according to new research published in the May 5 issue of the journal Stroke.Continue »
(CBS/AP) What's the great shakes with gluten-free eating.
Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustufa sing its praises. Chelsea Clinton's wedding cake was baked without gluten, and grocery store shelves are increasingly stacked with gluten-free pasta, , crackers, cereals and beer.
Why is gluten-free now the "it" diet?Continue »
(CBS) Religious people take on faith the healing power of prayer - on today's National Day of Prayer as on other days. And even hard-nosed doctors who have studied spirituality say science supports the belief that prayer brings health benefits - though not necessarily because God is listening.
Several studies have linked prayer to better health. A 2001 study showed that reciting rosary prayers or yoga mantras can enhance heart rhythm and breathing, and a 2011 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine linked prayer to pain relief.
Research has also shown that the death rate of people who attend church regularly is about 30 percent lower than that among people who spend their Sundays doing something else, according to Dr. Lynda Powell, chairman of preventive medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
What explains churchgoers' lower death rate? Is it because God smiles on the faithful?Continue »
(CBS/AP) ALBANY, N.Y. - For New York teens that love to tan, a new proposed law may burn. The state is angling to become the first to ban indoor tanning for minors.
The big fear, of course, is skin cancer. A 2010 study found regular use of tanning beds can triple the risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease. The risk was quadruple for people using high-pressure tanning beds, which emit more UVA radiation.Continue »