(CBS) Having lots of friends may be good for your social life - but bad for your health.
At least during flu season.
According to a new study of college students, those at the hub of social networks came down with the flu about 14 days sooner than members of a randomly selected control group.
(CBS/AP) Shows like "House" make the operating room seem glamorous, but a new study suggests surgeons are a miserable lot. The long hours and extraordinary pressure seem to lead to depression.
Job burnout, medical errors, and possibly the fear of making an error can lead surgeons to contemplate suicide at higher rates than the general public, the study suggests.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Everyone knows prison food can be bad, but it's not supposed to be rotten.
The USDA recalled more than 200,000 pounds of ground beef products sent to prisons in Oregon and California after inspectors found that some were discolored and smelled funky.Continue »
(CBS) Pregnant women at risk for giving birth to a baby with Down Syndrome face a difficult choice. They can hope for the best, or they can choose to have an invasive diagnostic test like amniocentesis, which can cause miscarriage.
That may soon change. A large-scale study published last week in the British Medical Journal shows that a new screening technique may have the potential to reduce the number of invasive tests by about 98%.Continue »
(CBS) Michael Douglas says he's cancer-free and feeling good following a six-month battle with stage 4 throat cancer. He underwent grueling rounds of radiation and chemotherapy last year.
"I think the odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat," the 66-year-old actor told the "Today" show's Matt Lauer this morning.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Will folks get in shape for enough cash? The British government is banking on it.
Doctors have long tried to persuade people to quit smoking, exercise more, and lose weight. But with mixed success on the exhortation front - and facing a rising obesity crisis - British officials are slowly abandoning the health argument and fattening peoples' wallets instead.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Considering a second child? Maybe wait a few years in between births.
It's well known that a time-out in between births can decrease the risk for low birth weight and prematurity, and new research suggests that it may also reduce the risk of autism. The findings come days after British researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 research linking autism to childhood vaccines was called fraudulent by a respected English journalist.Continue »
(CBS) The road to obesity might begin before we take a bite of solid food, new research indicates.
According to the study, one-third of American children are obese or at risk of it by the time they've reached nine months. And by their second birthdays, the numbers don't get any better.Continue »
(CBS) Balding men and women may soon have a ray of hope, if new stem cell research on the cause of baldness pans out.
For some time, scientists believed that most balding people had a case of dead stem cells, referring to the hair follicle stem cells which turn into hair producing cells. But researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine now say they've found that those stem cells aren't dead at all, just malfunctioning.
That's good news for folks with receding hair lines and bad news for toupee salesmen. After all, if the cells are alive and malfunctioning, maybe they can be fixed.Continue »
(CBS) Quick: Have you already exceeded the daily recommended limit for trans fat intake today?
Answer: You probably have no idea.
Although the snack you bought out of the machine may read "zero trans fat," zero doesn't necessarily mean zero.
FDA policy allows a serving of food that contains less than 0.5 g of trans fat to claim to contain none at all. Eric Brandt, a researcher and medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is calling for a change in that policy.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93, was hospitalized Sunday to have part of her right leg amputated.
Doctors examined a lesion on Gabor's leg that had gone from just over an inch to about a foot and was growing gangrenous, said her publicist, John Blanchette, who added that the amputation would likely be below the knee.Continue »
(CBS) Whether or not your family is celebrating the Kwanzaa feast of Karamu this year - traditionally enjoyed on Dec. 31 - this scrumptious West African peanut stew could make a unique and healthy addition to your holiday menu.
This recipes comes from my mother, Sandra Pinckney, a fellow journalist and Food Network host.
I love the combination of spices in mom's cooking: the cumin and coriander are wonderfully fragrant, the crushed pepper gives it some heat, and the natural, unadulterated peanut butter makes the sauce creamy and rich.
(CBS) Glued your eyelid shut? That's gotta hurt.
Just ask Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, who was rushed to the hospital in Bel Air, Calif. after mistaking a bottle of glue for eyedrops on Tuesday.
"It was dark and he grabbed his wife's nail glue instead of eyedrops," the family's publicist, John Blanchette, told CNN.
"You would be amazed at how many times this happens," Dr. Michael Kutryb, an ophthalmologist in Titusville, Fl., tells CBS News.Continue »
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