(CBS) Talk about a surprise. Kim Nelson went to the hospital with stomach pains, only to discover she was about to give birth.
"I was 39 weeks and didn't have the slightest clue," the Portland, Ore. woman told the city's NBC affiliate, KGW.
Nelson thought her appendix had burst, prompting her trip to the hospital. Pregnancy wasn't on her mind because she wasn't experiencing morning sickness, and the mother-of-two thought her weight gain was a result of other factors.Continue »
(CBS) Happy Thanksgiving, from your friends at HealthPop.
There's been a lot of talk this week about the salt and calorie dangers lurking in the average Thanksgiving feast, but in today's holiday edition we ask ourselves - can one big meal really kill you?
The answer may shock you.
"I've had people tell me I'm beautiful," Nash said in the interview that aired Monday. "And they were not telling me I was beautiful before."Continue »
The operation on the two-year-old sisters- who were joined at the chest and abdomen - was performed by a team of more than 40 at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.Continue »
The complicated operation to separate the two-year-olds began at 6:30 a.m. local time at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. If things go according to plan, the Philippines-born girls will be out of surgery by mid-afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Reena Mukamal said.Continue »
(CBS) Maybe you can't get blood from a stone, but how about blood from rice? Scientists have found a way to use rice to "grow" the critical human blood protein albumin, which is used to make vaccines and to treat cirrhosis of the liver and other medical problems.
"It looks like an interesting technological step forward," Dr. Richard J. Benjamin, chief medical officer for the American National Red Cross, told Fox News. "It could potentially produce large quantities in a reasonable time."Continue »
(CBS/AP) "I want them to live normally, like other children." That's what Ginady Sabuco says she hopes for her two-year-old conjoined twins, who are scheduled to be surgically separated Tuesday at a California hospital after months of planning.
Doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are planning a nine-hour procedure that, if successful, will allow Angelica and Angelina Sabuco to live independently from each other.Continue »
Case in point: Laura Butler, a woman who dropped $30 on a pair of blue lenses at a beach souvenir shop, which resulted in $2,000 in medical bills and almost cost her her eyesight. No instructions came with the lenses, and the store didn't sell solution, so she just popped them. Soon after, she felt excruciating pain - and it took her nearly 20 minutes to remove the lenses, which had stuck to her eyeballs like suction cups.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Was it organ theft - or a life-saving service? In what's believed to be the first-ever proven case of organ trafficking in the U.S., a New York man admitted in federal court in Trenton that he had brokered three illegal kidney transplants.
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, said he had helped secure the organs from people in Israel for U.S.-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. His attorneys said Rosenbaum had performed a lifesaving service for desperately ill people who had been languishing on official transplant waiting lists.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Pythons may not be the world's most talkative creatures. But researchers say their unusual "expandable" hearts may speak volumes about heart health in humans.
"It's this amazing biology," Leslie Leinwand - a University of Colorado at Boulder molecular biologist who studies cardiovascular disease in humans - said about pythons' hearts. "They're not swelling up. They're building (heart) muscle."Continue »
(CBS) Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder marked by learning difficulties, heart problems, and odd facial features, including a short, upturned nose and a small chin. But Williams has been in the news recently because people with it tend to be very, very sociable - and some scientists think research into the disorder may help explain the links between genes and behavior.
"We're on the brink of a whole new world," Dr. Ursula Bellugi, a long-time Williams researcher at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., told msnbc.com. Speaking of a large-scale research project she's involved with - one supported by a new $5.5.-million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - she said, "We want to know: Are there links across the levels from the genes to behavior."Continue »
Meet "super broccoli."
British scientists have created a super breed of the love-it or hate-it vegetable that contains nearly three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin - a plant nutrient thought to prevent heart disease by breaking down fat in the body.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Super-sized may be an understatement when it comes to this big burger.
Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar of Southgate, Mich., created a 3-foot tall, 338-pound burger aptly named the "Absolutely Ridiculous Burger," The Detroit News reported.Continue »