Health

Bioidenticals no safer than other hormone replacement therapy

Some postmenopausal women may seek out bioidentical hormones, otherwise known as natural hormone therapy, to ease symptoms of menopause or simply help them feel more youthful. Bioidenticals have been promoted by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Suzanne Somers, and companies tout that their bioidentical products have fewer long-term risks and side effects than other treatments. But while these hormones may ...

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Video: What women need to know about bioidentical hormones

October 29, 2013 3:54 AM Celebrities promote bioidentical hormones as a safer way to treat symptoms of menopause, but there are risks every woman needs to consider. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook talks about the pros and cons with Dr. Cristina Matera of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Powered by WPeMatico

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NIH back to work but faces research backlog

The National Institutes of Health is back in business now that the partial government shutdown has ended, but the agency has a long road ahead of before things get back to normal. Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, thanked people for their continued support during the government shutdown on the agency’s Extramural Nexus blog on Friday. She ...

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Tennessee man, Michael Spann, cries tears of blood, says report

A Tennessee man reportedly cries blood weekly but can’t find a diagnosis of what’s behind his mysterious condition. The Tennessean reports Michael Spann of Antioch, Tenn. experiences bleeding ‘tears’ from his eyes — also out of his nose and mouth — along with painful headaches. The condition first started at age 22 and used to occur daily; now, nearly seven ...

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Mayim Bialik, Mary Lou Retton among stars sounding off on school lunches

Michelle Obama isn’t the only high-profile figure devoted to America’s school lunch programs. In celebration of National School Lunch Week, stars including Olympian Mary Lou Retton, cast member Mayim Balik and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal sent congratulatory letters to The Active Learning Academy PS 244Q in Queens, N.Y., for winning the 2013 Golden Carrot Award. The honor is given to ...

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Video: EpiPens in schools are not enough, advocates say

October 18, 2013 10:36 AM Sixteen states have passed legislation this year making the emergency drug epinephrine available in schools in case a child suffers a severe allergic reaction. But advocates say more needs to be done. CBS News’ Jericka Duncan reports. Powered by WPeMatico

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Nearly 800 surgical tools left in patients since 2005: Report

A new report warns nearly 800 people have had surgical instruments left in them following a procedure since 2005, putting them at risk for serious harm. The report comes from The Joint Commission, a nonprofit health care safety watchdog. The organization takes hospitals to task for improper or inadequate protocols that lead to equipment like sponges, towels, needles, instruments, retractors ...

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Oreos may be as addictive as cocaine, morphine

Wonder why it’s hard to stop eating Oreos once you’ve taken that first bite? A new study suggests that “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine or morphine — at least in lab rats. “Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” co-author Joseph Schroeder, an associate professor ...

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Video: Doctors use heated chemo to treat ovarian cancer

October 16, 2013 10:39 AM Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest types of cancer to diagnose and treat. Now doctors are experimenting with heated chemotherapy for patients running out of options. CBS News’ Vinita Nair reports. Powered by WPeMatico

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Want to lose weight? Group programs may work better than doing it alone

Group mentality isn’t necessarily a bad thing: A new study shows that people who took part in community-based weight loss programs lost more weight than those who were trying to shed pounds on their own. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity can raise the likelihood of many adverse ...

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