(CBS) Do your hands and feet change color and become racked with pain when exposed to the cold? If so, you may be one of the estimated 28 million people that have Raynaud's Syndrome.
That number comes from the Raynaud's Association, which says anywhere from five to ten percent of Americans may suffer from the condition, but few seek help.Continue »
(CBS) Christmas may celebrate the birth of Jesus, but it's also the most likely day for Americans to meet their maker, literally.
That's according to a new analysis of mortality rates over the 25-year period between 1974 to 2004 which found an excess 42,325 deaths in the two week period starting with Christmas.
The deadliest days of the year were Christmas, New Years Day and Boxing Day (a secular holiday typically the day after Christmas).Continue »
(CBS) Tracy Morgan, star of NBC's "30 Rock," is recovering after a successful kidney transplant.
Morgan, 42, who plays a mentally unbalanced comedian on the sitcom, is taking time off from the show to recover following surgery about 10 days ago, reports Entertainment Weekly. The actor was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996.Continue »
(CBS) Watching your diet? If so, whole milk, butter, and cheese probably aren't regulars on your shopping list.
Should they be?
Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health have identified a fatty acid in whole dairy foods that is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The compound, trans-palmitoleic acid, is a chemical cousin of cis-palmitoleic acid, a diabetes-blocking acid produced naturally in the liver.Continue »
(CBS) If your pet is suddenly sluggish, doesn't want to eat, has severe or bloody diarrhea or a yellow tint in its eyes and gums, it might have eaten pet food that could contain aflatoxin, a chemical dangerous to both animals and people.
That's the news out of Kroger Co., which has just issued a recall on several lines of dog and cat food in 17 states including Alabama, Texas, Michigan and Illinois. Check the full list below.Continue »
LAKEWOOD, Ohio (CBS/AP) For two years, the woman that gave Connie Culp a new face and a new chance on life remained nameless.
Now, Culp, the nation's first face transplant patient, has finally met the family of Anna Kasper and had a chance to thank the donor's husband and children for the life changing operation.
The meeting took place over the weekend in Lakewood, Ohio, a few miles outside of Cleveland. Kasper's family decided to reveal she was the donor, so others can know the generous woman they loved.Continue »
(CBS) The 2010 winter solstice is here. For some, it's an astronomical curiosity. For others, it's about rebirth and ritual celebration. But for the estimated five percent of the population who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, the shortest day of the year means something else entirely:
The beginning of the end of the saddest time of the year.Continue »
(CBS) Americans worried about the safety of their drinking water may have new cause for alarm.
A new study shows that tens of millions of us are drinking water contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a cancer-causing toxin that garnered national attention with the 2000 feature film "Erin Brockovich."
Recent tests found hexavalent chromium, a.k.a. chromium-6, in the drinking water of 31 of 35 cities tested, according to a statement issued by the Environmental Working Group, the Washingon, D.C.-based advocacy group that conducted the tests. Among the cities with the highest levels were Norman, Okla., Honolulu, and Riverside, Calif.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Most people are afraid of something. But "SM," a 44-year-old mother of three, knows no fear. Literally. And doctors say it's all because a disease damaged her amygdala (uh-MIG'-duh-luh). That's a part of the brain believed to process fear in the face of scary situations.
Snakes? No problem for SM. Ditto for scary movies, like the "The Blair Witch Project," "The Shining," and "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her.Continue »
(CBS) Grown-ups aren't the only ones with a caffeine habit.
(CBS/AP) Breast cancer patients are up in arms over the FDA's recent recommendation that the drug Avastin no longer be used to treat breast cancer.
Recent studies indicate that Avastin does not affect overall survival of metastatic breast cancer patients - and causes significant side effects - but some patients credit their survival to the drug and say the FDA's action could amount to a death sentence.Continue »
(CBS/AP) What causes autism? Researchers have blamed vaccines, hereditary factors, and certain heavy metals. And now they're adding another suspect to the list:
That's right. A new study shows that children in families who live near freeways are twice as likely to have autism as kids who live off the beaten path.