(CBS) In the battle of the bulge, breakfast has long been on the front lines.
Of recent years, common advice has been to eat a big breakfast because it helps to jump start your metabolism and helps you eat fewer calories throughout the day.
According to a new study, at least half that equation may be toast.Continue »
(CBS) "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara has got big time problems and she has her healthy curves to blame.
"Nothing fits meeee!!!! I'm not going to the Golden Globes!!!!!!!!," she tweeted.
Ok, maybe not big time problems. But we've long been a fan of Vergara's positive attitude about her body.
(CBS/AP) John Dye, best known for his role as the angel of death on the hit TV series "Touched by an Angel," was found dead on Monday at his San Francisco home, a medical examiner's spokesman said Thursday. He was 47.
The cause of death hasn't been determined, according to medical examiner investigator Charles Cecil, but relatives said Dye suffered apparent heart failure.Continue »
(CBS) It's long been conventional wisdom that breast is best when it comes to feeding babies, but a controversial new study out of Britain suggests that newborns may benefit from a little variety in their diets, especially from the fourth month on.Continue »
(CBS) Remember a time when good was good and bad was bad? Things may no longer be so simple when it comes to cholesterol.
Cardiologists focus their attention on two kinds of cholesterol: HDL cholesterol, the "good" kind, and LDL cholesterol, the "bad" kind linked to heart attack and stroke. It's long been thought that a high level of HDL lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease by helping ferry LDL cholesterol out of the body.
But maybe that's not really the case, a new study suggests.
The study - conducted by Dr. Daniel Rader, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania - suggests that the amount of HDL in the body may be less important than how effective the HDL is at ridding the body of excess LDL cholesterol. In other words, a high HDL level doesn't necessarily mean a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
(CBS/AP) Everyone knows prison food can be bad, but it's not supposed to be rotten.
The USDA recalled more than 200,000 pounds of ground beef products sent to prisons in Oregon and California after inspectors found that some were discolored and smelled funky.Continue »
(CBS) Pregnant women at risk for giving birth to a baby with Down Syndrome face a difficult choice. They can hope for the best, or they can choose to have an invasive diagnostic test like amniocentesis, which can cause miscarriage.
That may soon change. A large-scale study published last week in the British Medical Journal shows that a new screening technique may have the potential to reduce the number of invasive tests by about 98%.Continue »
(CBS) They super-size French fries, so why not ambulances?
Boston's Emergency Medical Services is rolling out an ambulance specially outfitted for morbidly obese patients. It's not actually bigger than ordinary ambulances, but it sports a hydraulic lift and a high-capacity stretcher (rated at 850 pounds) to get the truly tubby into and out of the vehicle with minimal effort, the Boston Globe reported.Continue »
(CBS/AP) For 20 years, the number of abortions in America has been steadily declining. No more. The abortion rate leveled out in 2008, bucking a long tern trend.
That's part of the news from a new national study of abortion by the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for reproductive health, including access to abortion.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Cancer has claimed the life of David Nelson, the last surviving star of the hit television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."
Nelson, 74, died at his home in Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, according to Dale Olson, a family spokesman.Continue »
(CBS) If Jared Loughner, the man accused of killing six and injuring 12 in Arizona last Saturday, turns out to be suffering from schizophrenia, as many doctors have surmised, why shouldn't the state have had the power to lock him in a mental ward BEFORE he went on a rampage?
That might sound like common sense, but the law in most places is designed principally to protect individual rights. If you don't appear to be an immediate threat and you haven't broken the law, authorities are hard-pressed to commit you for more than a few days.
But some prominent doctors are starting to question that logic. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University, is one of them.