(CBS) Grown-ups aren't the only ones with a caffeine habit.
(CBS/AP) What causes autism? Researchers have blamed vaccines, hereditary factors, and certain heavy metals. And now they're adding another suspect to the list:
That's right. A new study shows that children in families who live near freeways are twice as likely to have autism as kids who live off the beaten path.
(CBS) Teens haven't stopped smoking - they've just put down the cigarette and picked up a joint.
That's according to a new study, which found that more high school seniors are smoking marijuana than tobacco. In 2010, 21.4 percent of seniors said they had toked pot within the past 30 days, while 19.2 percent said they had lit up cigarettes.Continue »
(CBS/AP) A heart transplant? Great. A lung transplant? Sure. But a fecal transplant? Gross.
But that's the basis of a new medical treatment that a small but growing number of doctors are trying in an effort to fight off C-diff, a superbug that ravages some people's intestines.
The concept behind the procedure is to transplant a healthy person's stool - which has good bacteria - into a sick person's colon.
The idea might make you gag, but reports of several dozen cases in a medical journal and at a meeting of gastroenterologists this fall suggest that with no more inconvenience than a colonoscopy, people who have suffered C-diff for months, or longer, can rapidly improve.
"This is the ultimate probiotic," says Dr. Lawrence Brandt of New York's Montefiore Medical Center, who has performed 17 of the procedures.
But experts say more testing is needed.
"There's very good reason to think this fecal transplantation, or bacteriotherapy, might work, but it needs to be proven before everybody starts to do it," says Dr. Lawrence Schiller, a gastroenterologist with the Baylor Health Care system in Dallas. He followed reports on the treatment at the American College of Gastroenterology's recent meeting, but hasn't joined the fledgling trend.
So keep your mind (and perhaps your bowels) open, because someone else's stool could save your life one day.
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(CBS/AP) How did Richard Holbrooke, titan of U.S. diplomacy, suddenly die at age 69, just days after he first entered the hospital?
Holbrook fell ill from a torn aorta -- the major artery that carries blood to the heart -- on Friday, Dec. 10 and was admitted to Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he required an over-20-hour surgical procedure to repair the tear. He was in critical condition in the days following the procedure, and passed away Monday night.Continue »
(CBS) Smokers who have been forced out of bars and restaurants may soon be crowded into little groups outside one more place: their homes.
A new study finds that even when kids live with non-smoking parents, if they live in apartment buildings they are exposed to tobacco smoke from their neighbors. Now, researchers are recommending that owners and landlords make their buildings smoke-free zones.Continue »
(CBS) After getting his bell rung, Big Ben is headed to the repairman.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his nose in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, and kept on playing. He was scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair the damage, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Continue »
(CBS) More than 25 years into the epidemic, Americans are reasonably well informed about HIV/AIDS. But a new report reveals that a shocking number of Americans remain in the dark about one very important question:
Am I infected?
Up to 20 percent of the 1.1 million adults living with HIV in the U.S. don't know they are infected with the deadly virus, according to the report, which was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today on the eve of World AIDS Day.
(CBS) A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.
That basic assumption has long been a core element of Weight Watchers and other weight-loss programs. But under its newly revised "points" system, Weight Watchers is letting dieters know that not all calories are equal.Continue »
(CBS) Toss the Rogaine and Viagra? Not just yet.
But Harvard scientists have found that some effects of aging, such as hair loss, infertility and decreased brain function, can be stopped. And not just stopped: the scientists' research, published today in the journal Nature, showed that it's possible even to reverse the signs of aging.
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