(CBS News) A doctor accused of doling out painkillers for patients willing to pay cash has been arrested.
CBS Los Angeles reports that police and federal agents raided the offices of a L.A.-area physician Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga on Thursday.
The arrest came following a two-month investigation by Glendora police and the Drug Enforcement Administration that included undercover officers purchasing prescriptions for medications at Atiga's office, police said. One of the undercovers came in complaining of pain with a "proof" - an X-ray which actually belonged to a dog. Atiga allegedly prescribed powerful opioid painkillers to that officer.Continue »
(CBS News) You may have heard that worrying can give you wrinkles, but a new study shows anxiety may actually accelerate aging in people on a molecular level.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston looked at blood samples collected from more than 5,000 women between the ages of 42 and 69, who were part of the data pool from the long-running Nurses' Health Study that examines aging and disease in women.
They were looking for the length of the women's telomeres, DNA-protein molecules that protect the tips of chromosomes within cells, guarding genetic information and stopping them from deteriorating. Studies have shown telomeres may be a predictive marker for aging and longevity.
Preliminary research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's annual meeting in Baltimore finds a significant increase in the number of concussions reported at three college football programs between seasons.Continue »
Researchers have discovered for the first time a genetic mutation that may protect people against the degenerative brain disease that affects almost 30 million people worldwide.
In the U.S. there's about 5.4 million people with the disease, but barring a medical breakthrough, researchers estimate by 2050 that the number of people with Alzheimer's will grow to 16 million.
Now, new research calls into question the effectiveness of electric fans during especially high temperatures.
Researchers from the Cochrane Collaboration, a nonprofit medical research group, reviewed international studies in search of evidence that could guide policy decisions on fan use and heat safety.Continue »
(CBS News) A new radioactive dye may change how Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed and could potentially catch the degenerative disease earlier than ever.
Typically a doctor will diagnose Alzheimer's in patients when certain symptoms such as memory or cognitive decline are present and other conditions are ruled out, since physical signs of Alzheimer's are often not present on MRI or other scans until later stages of the disease.
With the help of this new dye, called florbetapir (Amyvid), researchers at Duke University were able to detect early evidence of the disease in patients with mild or no cognitive impairment.Continue »
The first of the studies, from the July 10 issue of the British Medical Journal, looked at more than 34,000 older Swedish women who were born between 1914 and 1948. Researchers collected data on the women's drinking habits twice during the study, once in 1987 and 1997, and then followed up with them through 2009 when their ages ranged from 54 to 89 years old.Continue »
According to CBS Los Angeles, Kaden Rivera was enjoying a holiday camping trip on July 4 when disaster struck.
"My son was chasing the dog. All of a sudden we heard a scream from out of the bushes. 'I've been bit by a snake,'" the boy's father Ken told the station.
Rivera saw signs warning of rattlesnakes, and ran with his son to the ranger's station while his condition worsened. By the time they reached the ranger, the boy was already vomiting and foaming at the mouth.Continue »
(CBS News) With cases of whooping cough spreading across the country, one New Jersey family says more awareness is needed about the potential dangers following the their baby's brush with death.
CBS station KYW in Philadelphia reports that 11-week-old Marco Sena had a scary battle with pertussis, better known as whooping cough, but is finally back home and improving.
"It was the distinctive whoop. He would go like that, but then he would stop breathing," Amy Sena, Marco's mother, explained to KYW.
Marco's parents say the baby was repeatedly misdiagnosed until they took him to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Marco was admitted to the intensive care unit. The final diagnosis was whooping cough, which is a bacterial infection of the respiratory system.Continue »
New research finds restricting sitting time to less than three hours each day might boost an American adult's life expectancy by an extra two years. Not surprisingly, the researchers also found cutting down on the amount of time spent in front of a television also boosted a person's lifespan.
"Sitting is a risk factor, not a disease," study author Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, associate executive director for population science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, La, told WebMD. "It's comparable to obesity, and it's almost to the level of smoking. We need to turn that around and engineer sitting out of our lives."Continue »
(CBS News) A new study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is so effective at reducing the number of infections young women are getting, it's even protecting people who haven't gotten vaccinated.
The protective effect is called "herd immunity," a concept that suggests when a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, the rest of the community becomes protected because there's less chance for an outbreak.Continue »
(CBS News) Meatball-maker Buona Vita, Inc. is recalling nearly 325,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products amid concerns of Listeria contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday that the recalled products included frozen meatballs, pre-made meat patties and loafs and other frozen meals. The USDA branded the recall as "Class I," saying there is a high health risk that a product may cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Bueno Vita, Inc., based in Bridgeton, N.J., produces nearly 200,000 pounds of meatballs daily, according to its website.
(CBS News) New parents with dogs and cats sometimes consider giving pets away when a baby arrives, but a new study finds keeping the furry family members in tow may boost a child's health benefits.
A Finnish study finds babies who grow up with pets - especially dogs - are less likely to develop colds and other respiratory infections by the time they're toddlers.Continue »
CBS News station WWJ in Detroit reports the woman has had several surgeries since she was admitted to a local hospital with the infection, called necrotizing fasciitis. She also had to have surgery to remove a mass from her stomach.
She was listed in serious condition on Friday.Continue »
(CBS News) Centrum multivitamins are taken in over 12 million U.S. households to boost health, but in light of a new agreement between a consumer watchdog and the pills' maker, Pfizer, the vitamins may no longer claim to benefit breast and colon health.
Amid pressure from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Pfizer Consumer Healthcare agreed to update labels for Centrum Ultra Women's and Centrum Silver Women's multivitamins to remove claims that the products support "breast health." The company will also remove claims of supporting "colon health" from Centrum Ultra Men's and Centrum Silver Ultra Men's multivitamins.Continue »