(CBS) Pet frogs associated with a nationwide outbreak of salmonella poisoning (salmonellosis) are back on sale in the U.S., and the officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hopping mad.
As of July 18, 241 people from 42 states had been infected with the Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria responsible for the outbreak, the agency said. The infections have been tied to African dwarf frogs and the fish tanks they live in.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Can a simple blood test detect Alzheimer's disease?
Australian scientists say they're closing in on one. Their test measures plaque is in people's brains - a telltale marker for Alzheimer's. And they hope if it proves reliable in even more studies, that one day it can give people with memory problems a clear idea whether they have the disease.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Baby boomers fear dying from cancer, or losing their memory from Alzheimer's as they age. What they should be worrying about is their growing waist lines, as the generation's obesity problem can cause serious health risks and take a toll on the U.S. healthcare system in the not-so-distant future.Continue »
(CBS/AP) The leading form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease remains as incurable as it is deadly. But that doesn't mean nothing can be done about a mind-robbing ailment that affects 35 million people around the world.
New research suggests that millions of cases could be avoided simply by making simple changes in lifestyle.Continue »
(CBS) Measles is on the rampage, with AP reporting that ongoing outbreaks of the viral disease in Ethiopia and Kenya having killed dozens of children and sickened thousands of others.
The U.S. is also experiencing high numbers of measles cases. Between Jan. 1 and June 17 of this year, 156 cases of measles were reported in the U.S. That's the highest number reported since 1996.
(CBS/AP) Could a simple eye test could be the key to early diagnosis of Alzhiemer's disease? Preliminary research presented at an international conference on Alzheimer's in France suggests that it just might.
The test involves photographing blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. Most eye doctors have the cameras needed to take the images, although the test requires the use of a special computer program, said the preliminary study's lead author, Shaun Frost of Australia's national science agency, CSIRO.
That's the caption Deborah Copaken Kogan included with a picture she posted on Facebook of her 4-year-old son Leo, who had woken up with a rash on Mother's Day. Little did she know at the time, the social networking service would save her son's life because he was suffering from a rare illness - Kawasaki disease.Continue »
(CBS/AP) A Legionnaires' disease outbreak has been reported at a popular Las Vegas hotel. It's prompted officials to warn guests who stayed this summer that they might be at risk to develop the potentially deadly disease.
The Aria Resort & Casino, located on the Las Vegas Strip, told guests who stayed during a two week period between June 21 and July 4 that they may have been exposed to high levels of disease-causing legionella bacteria.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Two studies reported HIV pills could stop the spread of the disease in straight couples. Now, AIDS experts around the world are reacting with excitement over the groundbreaking findings.
"This is really a game changer," said Dr. Jared Baeten, a University of Washington researcher who led one of the studies.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Throw your stinky socks in the washer? Not so fast.
Scientists think they've found a use for smelly feet - fighting deadly malaria. And now funds are pouring in to put their work into action.
How did foot odor become a prime candidate for preventing a potentially lethal infectious disease?
(CBS) Cancer kills.
Each year, nearly 570,000 Americans die from cancer, while another 1.5 million are diagnosed with a form of the disease. Now, a study by the National Cancer Institute suggests one group may be at a much greater risk to die from cancer - men.
(CBS) Scientists announced the discovery of a new gonorrhea strain in Japan, raising concern among health officials worldwide. The new strain, dubbed H041, is resistant to the only kinds of antibiotics that treat the common sexually transmitted disease.
(CBS) Anorexia strikes nearly one out of 200 women. In total, 24 million Americans of all ages suffer from an eating disorder. Now researchers have determined people with anorexia are much more likely to die than anyone else, even those sufferers of other eating disorders.Continue »