Heart failure is the top reason older people are hospitalized, and a leading cause of death. It develops when the heart muscle weakens over time and can no longer pump effectively, often because of damage from a heart attack. Fluid can back up into the lungs and leave people gasping for breath. The new drug aimed at treating heart failure is being described as a game changer with the ability to save lives. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook explains how this drug could change medical treatment for years to come.
It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits.
Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching – going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. In the old days, of course, people watched one episode a week. That changed with digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. DVDs and online services also make it possible to start shows from the beginning, even years after the finale has aired.
The weather report comes on, satellite images light up our screens, and we see the future barreling down on us. Hurricanes, super-storms, you name it – swirling across the blue Earth. Tracked from space. Our beach days depend on what we learn there. But so do our farmers, our fliers, our cargo ships, our traffic planners, and sometimes our lives. Now, incredibly, the US weather satellite system is in trouble. Aging out, without guaranteed replacement. We could soon be flying blind and having to depend on the Chinese military to forecast America’s weather.
Radiation often isn't enough when it comes to eradicating prostate cancer. Thanks to technology developed by an Austin TX company, prostate cancer patients are getting a chance to beat the disease once and for all. Cryotherapy, is nothing new. It uses freezing technology to kill cancerous tissue. Dermatologists use it all the time, but it's fairly new in the battle against prostate cancer. The cryotherapy injects ice crystals through precisely controlled, ultrathin needles. Advanced ultrasound imaging allows doctors to target exactly where the ice is needed to eliminate the remaining cancer cells.
A new way to zap away pain has become a popular alternative to medications and injections. In these types of cases, there are micro-tears to a tendon which then become scar tissue. There are no stitches with the therapy, and it’s mainly used on shoulders, elbows and feet. Recovery time is four to six weeks. The ultrasound therapy is FDA cleared and covered by insurance. Doctors say it works for most people, but not everyone. Unfortunately, about 10 percent don’t get pain relief.
Your month of birth could influence your lifespan, mental health and even your eyesight. David Robson explains how.
With my birthday in the first week of October, my horoscope tells me that I should be fair-minded and balanced; courageous but indecisive. It may even describe my physical characteristics. According to one 19th Century astrologer, Raphael, I should be a “rather elegant in person, [with] a round beautiful face, ruddy in youth, but very plain featured and inclined to eruptions, that disfigure the face when old,”. I would be offended – until I realize that Zac Effron and Gwen Stefani supposedly have the same traits.
Autonomous bots like self-driving cars don’t see the world like us. Frank Swain discovers why this could be a problem.
Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can? For most of us, distinguishing an average-sized adult from a five-inch-high aluminium can isn’t a difficult task. But to an autonomous robot, they can both look the same. Confused? So are the robots.
Mindfulness training eases depression and improves sleep and quality of life for both people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers, research shows.
“The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members, and caregivers,” says study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University and a fellow of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
What does that mean? Households with the financial wherewithal to invest in the stock market may have outperformed those Americans whose main source of wealth is their homes, given the still-recovering real estate market. Capital income -- gains from stock sales, for instance -- is now increasingly enjoyed by the top 5 percent of U.S. earners, according to a Standard & Poor's report earlier this month.
Some fish contains high levels of a form of mercury called methylmercury. Mercury can damage the brain, and it can damage the nervous system, especially when that exposure occurs in the womb. Tuna accounts for 40 percent of our mercury exposure. Most of that is from canned tuna. Fresh tuna, popular in sushi, can also be especially high in mercury. To be safe, Consumer Reports recommends that pregnant women not eat any tuna at all. And children and anyone who eats a lot of fish should really limit the amount of tuna they eat.