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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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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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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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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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Video: Heart bypass surgery vs. angioplasty

October 16, 2013 9:24 AM Daily health headlines: A new study looks at which heart procedure is better for diabetics, plus more of today’s top headlines Powered by WPeMatico

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Rare double infection of flesh-eating bacteria puts man in coma

Flesh-eating-bacteria infections are rare, but double flesh-eating-bacteria infections are even less common. The case of a man who developed two simultaneous infections of necrotizing fasciitis, as the condition is properly called, illustrates how sneaky these devastating infections can be, according to the report of his case. An infection in two areas of the body only complicates an already-complicated diagnosis, surgeons ...

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VA doctor: I was punished for speaking out

(CBS News) Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder will be getting much-needed help. This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs said it has hired more than a thousand new specialists on orders from President Obama. It might not have happened if a VA doctor had not sounded an alarm. But now that psychologist says she’s being punished. “It did ...

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Michigan woman reportedly gives birth the day she finds out she's pregnant

A Michigan woman who went to the doctors because she thought she had a hernia went home with something completely unexpected — a baby. 10-pound, 1-ounce Kimberly Kay Ackley was born on Feb. 8 to Linda and Mike Ackley. She’s the first child for the couple who have been married for 24 years, the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Mich. ...

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Monster to label caffeine content on energy drinks

Monster Beverage Corp. will change labeling on its cans so that its energy drinks will no longer be considered dietary supplements. This move requires different labeling rules under Food and Drug Administration guidelines, including the notable addition of the drink’s caffeine content. Play Video Report: Energy drink-related ER visits doubled in 4 years Monster’s CEO told the industry tracker Beverage ...

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Drug-resistant gonorrhea on the rise, CDC claims

New guidance from the CDC suggests the number of treatment-resistant infections to the once curable disease are on the rise, according to research published Feb. 14 in the agency’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report. Gonorrhea is the second-most commonly reported STD in the U.S., according to the CDC. It is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, and has been ...

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