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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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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