Diet pill recalled due to links to liver damage

WASHINGTON A diet pill is being recalled because of links to liver damage. The Food and Drug Administration says USPlabs of Dallas is recalling OxyElite Pro products thought to have impurities. The dietary supplement is used for weight loss and muscle-building. After linking the products to dozens of hepatitis and liver failure cases in Hawaii, investigators linked the pills to ...

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Video: Bodybuilder with stage 4 cancer competes at fitness show

November 10, 2013 2:13 PM A Los Angeles-area bodybuilder with stage 4 cancer was told a year ago that he had about 8 months to live. But 56-year-old Mo Carmody refused to let his doctors’ diagnosis knock him out of competition. Melanie Woodrow from KCAL-TV reports.

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Morning Rounds: Why is the FDA banning trans fats?

(CBS News) CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips joined “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the major medical stories of the week. Trans fats are the ingredients that make many processed foods taste better and last longer, but this week the Food and Drug Administration said trans fats are no longer ...

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New rules improve mental health access for millions

(CBS News) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued new rules Friday that will improve access to mental health care for 62 million Americans. It’s an idea the president said he would impose himself by executive order when Congress declined to pass gun legislation. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius / CBS News The move comes after the movie theater ...

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Video: Obama admin. sets new rules to improve mental health care

November 8, 2013 4:25 PM New rules expanding access to treatment of mental illnesses will affect 62 million Americans. The rules are a result of Obamacare and are the last of 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence that President Obama took when Congress voted against stricter gun legislation after the Sandy Hook school shooting. Major Garrett reports.

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Hay fever hits more kids in South due to climate, study suggests

Hay fever is no fun for young sufferers, and new research suggests the seasonal allergy troubles may be more likely to strike some children depending on where they live. Researchers discovered nationwide, more than 18 percent of American children and teens had hay fever, with higher rates seen in kids in the south. “While the reason is unknown, it is ...

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Premature infant rescued during Sandy evacuation is thriving

(CBS News) When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the northeast a year ago, The New York University Langone Medical Center suffered a major blow as the basement filled with water and the hospital’s backup generators failed. CBS News’ chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook is affiliated with that hospital and was there the night of the storm. He saw doctors and ...

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Hurricane Sandy's toll on health

The unprecedented nature of Hurricane Sandy — which struck the U.S. East Coast one year ago this week — had a significant health and psychological impact on people in the region that continues today, experts say. The storm caused more than 100 deaths, and displaced thousands of people from their homes, some of whom required medical attention for new or ...

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U.N.: 10 polio cases confirmed in Syria

GENEVA The U.N.’s health agency said Tuesday it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the disease in the country in 14 years, and there is a risk of it spreading across the region. Officials are investigating another 12 cases showing polio symptoms, said World Health Organization spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer. He said the confirmed ...

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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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