(CBS/AP) He's a monster in the ring, but UFC fighter Brock Lesnar is now forced to fight a wily opponent - the intestinal disease diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis is characterized by "small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine that become inflamed or infected," according to PubMed. "Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine."
It's not the first time Lesnar has gone to the mat against the disease. He suffered from an attack two years ago, but says this time is not as bad. A "bump in the road," he called it.Continue »
(CBS) In the battle to beat the bulge, Consumer Reports has crowned a winner - at least when it comes to mainstream diets like Atkins, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.
Consumer Reports reviewed seven diets in all, the three above plus the Zone, Slim-Fast, Ornish and Nutrisystem. Each of the diets takes a different approach and Consumer Reports was quick to point out that the best diet is the one you stay on. So some amount of personal preference is involved in finding the diet that's right for you.Continue »
(CBS) Cancer is always bad news, but a new study suggests homosexuals may struggle more than the rest.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health found that gay men were 1.9 times more likely to report a cancer diagnosis than their straight counterparts. And lesbian and bisexual female cancer survivors were twice as likely to report fair or poor health compared to straight women. That comes from analysis of more than 120,000 people in a California health survey.Continue »
(CBS/AP) ALBANY, N.Y. - For New York teens that love to tan, a new proposed law may burn. The state is angling to become the first to ban indoor tanning for minors.
The big fear, of course, is skin cancer. A 2010 study found regular use of tanning beds can triple the risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease. The risk was quadruple for people using high-pressure tanning beds, which emit more UVA radiation.Continue »
(CBS) These days, men want to look as beautiful as their fairer counterparts. At least that's the message from a new national survey, which found that more men are choosing to go under the knife. The surgery with the biggest gains? Face lifts.
The results of the survey, conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), are surprising. Most Americans are presumably still reeling from the bad economy. But the belt-tightening apparently didn't include men who wanted to really do some belt-tightening. Male liposuction procedures increased 7 percent from 2009.Continue »
(CBS) - What the surgeon's knife takes, seems like nature gives you right back.
According to new research out of the University of Colorado, liposuction patients who had fat deposits removed from one part of their body were shocked to find new fat deposits appearing elsewhere. In the studied cases, researchers looked at non-obese women who had the fat sucked out of their thighs and lower abdomens.
(CBS) How do you help a teenager handle alcohol responsibly? If new research is to believed, the answer is make sure they don't touch the stuff.
"Kids need parents to be parents and not drinking buddies," the study's lead researcher, Dr. Barbara J. McMorris, of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, said in a statement. "Adults need to be clear about what messages they are sending."Continue »
(CBS) Obama doesn't have an American birth certificate, climate change isn't real and evolution is a scientific fantasy. If a recent survey is any indication, you can add the widely disproved autism vaccine link to the pile of ideas Americans love to believe regardless of the research stacked against it.
First the facts (about autism, not Obama's birth certificate which was released today).Continue »
(CBS) Think detecting ovarian cancer symptoms is easy? Think again. Even doctors have a hard time making the call. In part, that's because many of the symptoms, like weight gain and abdomen pain, could be a host of things, or nothing at all.
It's no small problem. Each year around 20,000 American women get ovarian cancer in the United States and yet many are not fully aware of the warning signs.
(CBS) - Lots of products these days say "Made in China." Might human organs be next?
According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government is considering offering compensation for people to voluntarily sell their organs. Cash and prizes could include tax rebates, tuition for your kids and funeral expenses, China's Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu told state news agency Xinhua.
Ironically, free health insurance is also on the table. Little late, don't you think?
(CBS) If you want to live a long healthy life, you could do worse than joining the monks atop Mount Athos in Greece.
On Easter Sunday, "60 Minutes" profiled many of the Orthodox monks that have dedicated their lives to following the words and deeds of Christ. It's a job they take seriously. Prayers have been offered at Mount Athos every day, with no interruption, for more than a thousand years.
"The monks here have one goal, and that is how they can get closer to God," Father Serapion told "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon.
But the monks have also benefited in an unexpected way - they live long lives with shockingly low levels of cancer and heart disease. Alzheimer's is virtually unheard of.
Is it the holy water?Continue »
(CBS) For the parents of Baby Joseph, a 14-month-old child in a vegetative state, all they wanted was one more breath.
But Canadian doctors refused to perform a life-saving tracheotomy on the child, forcing his parents to rush to St. Louis for the procedure and setting off a trans-national debate on who has the right to live and who should make the call.Continue »
(CBS) They say you are what you eat, but it turns out you might really be what's hiding in your belly.
According to a new study, people around the world, regardless of gender, race or age, can be grouped into one of three categories depending on the clusters of bacteria, also called gut flora, that live inside their intestines.
While that may be more than you can stomach, the findings are important because gut flora can play a big role in how your body digests both food and medicine.Continue »
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