(CBS) The old adage that all publicity is good publicity may be true in the case of Jillian Michaels, the tanned and toned star of the hit TV series "The Biggest Loser."
First there came a lawsuit alleging that her line of dietary supplements contained dangerous ingredients. Then a Los Angeles Times op-ed questioned the fitness trainer's credentials.
Michaels, 36, told Us Magazine that she plans to take legal action against the Times: "I'm going after them. They didn't do any of their homework. They flat-out [lied]. It's defamation, it's libel, it's full-on."Continue »
(CBS) Size does matter - at least when it comes to getting into the Guiness Book.
A young Nepalese man no taller than a preschooler - 25.8 inches - was yesterday named the "world's shortest man" by Guinness World Records judges who flew to Nepal to size him up.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Americans don't worry much about leprosy, dengue fever, and rabies. But around the world, a billion people are infected with these and other tropical diseases, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). The diseases are mostly concentrated in remote rural areas and urban slums.
WHO said it can substantially reduce those numbers with the help of drug donations from the pharmaceutical industry, which announced fresh pledges.Continue »
LARAMIE, Wyo. (CBS/AP) If you love boobs, you might love a clever campaign hoping to save them.
The California-based nonprofit Keep A Breast Foundation has a hit on their hands with "I (heart) boobies" wristbands. So far the light-hearted campaign has sold 2 million rubber bracelets at $4 a pop.
(CBS) A little testosterone may be beneficial for elderly women suffering from heart failure, according to a new study by scientists in Italy.
Both men and women produce testosterone naturally, and in both sexes, levels of the hormone decline with age. Scientists have linked high testosterone levels to better health in elderly men, but this is one of the first studies to try testosterone therapy on older women with heart trouble.
(CBS) Is Jillian Michaels a fraud?
The tanned and toned star of the hit TV series "The Biggest Loser" may be famous for whipping fatties into shape, but an op-ed piece published by the Los Angeles Times says she isn't a fitness trainer at all - merely "an actress playing the role of fitness trainer."
(CBS/AP) What makes a woman golfer a woman golfer?
It's not the organs one is born with, says Lana Lawless, a former police officer who underwent a sex change operation five years ago. She's suing the Ladies Professional Golf Association for banning her from competition, claiming that its "female at birth" requirement for competitors violates a California civil rights law.Continue »
(CBS) Hoda Kotb, co-host of "The Today Show," has a message for women fighting breast cancer: "I know you feel like you're in hell now, but your life is about to get a whole lot better."
"Cancer survivors are blessed with two lives," she wrote in an essay for MSNBC. "There is your life before cancer, and your life after. I am here to tell you your second life is going to be so much better than the first."Continue »
(CBS) For the Chilean miners being carried, one by one, into the light from the depths of the collapsed mine over 2,000 feet below, it's no surprise they seem overwhelmed with relief and joy.
But how long will the euphoria last? Experts say the miners may face emotional problems as they readjust to life on the surface.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Hurricane Paula seems headed for western Cuba after mostly sparing the Mexican island resorts of Cancun and Isla Mujeres.
The category 2 storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.
On Tuesday, the storm smashed homes and forced schools to close in Honduras with 75 mph winds.
The storm isn't headed towards America, but as we march through hurricane season, it's a good time to brush up on hurricane self-defense.Continue »
(CBS) Getting back to the surface may be just the first challenge for the 33 Chilean miners now being freed after spending more than two months underground.
Medical experts say the men, ranging in age from 19 to 63, may be facing a number of health problems.Continue »
(CBS) Seven-year-old Kathleen Edward knows what it's like to die from Huntington's Disease. Last year, the debilitating disorder, which progressively destroys the mind and control of the body, took her mother's life.
Kathleen has it too.
But the disease is not her only nemesis. Kathleen is also the victim of a horrifying cyberbullying attack and the perpetrator is a 33-year-old neighbor, Jennifer Petkov.Continue »
(CBS) The Daily Mail reports that a McDonald's Happy Meal bought about six months ago looks the same as a new Happy Meal. Sally Davies, a Manhattan artist, has photographed the Happy Meal each day since its purchase, reports the Daily Mail. There is no sign of mold.
The Happy Meal in question has the standard components, a hamburger and a small order of French fries.
"I bought the meal on April 10 of this year and brought it home with the express intention of leaving it out to see how it fared," Davies told the Daily Mail.Continue »