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Flu Spreading Just Ahead of the Holidays

December 17, 2014 | Comments

Several states are experiencing widespread flu outbreaks just prior to the holidays which could result in even more cases reported. Dr. Richard Besser tracks the growing concerns about the effectiveness of this season's vaccine.               


Could "Superbug" Infections Kill Millions Per Year?

December 15, 2014 9:05 am | Comments

CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips weigh in on the threat of a drug-resistant superbug and the use of antibiotics in the U.S.           


New Tool Could Help Prevent the Flu

December 11, 2014 1:48 pm | Comments

A new website tracks the flu virus by location in an effort to try to prevent infection.                           


Report Outlines Dangers of Mixing Painkillers

December 10, 2014 8:33 am | Comments

A new report finds almost 60 percent of Americans who take opioid painkillers combine them with other prescriptions medications resulting in potentially deadly combinations.             


New Warning for Insulin Users

December 10, 2014 8:26 am | Comments

Researchers in Britain say that there is a link between high doses of insulin and increased risk of diseases like cancer, heart attack or stroke. Also, new guidance on the hours surgical residents should work.       


Immunotherapy: How a Cancer Patient Kept His Faith

December 8, 2014 1:54 pm | Comments

In 2011, Barry Nelson was diagnosed with lung cancer and told he had two years to live. Three years later, he's cancer-free thanks to an experimental immunotherapy drug and what he calls a relationship with God.       


Woman Dies After Being Given Wrong Meds

December 8, 2014 1:41 pm | Comments

An Oregon woman who went to the hospital for an anxiety attack dies when administers incorrectly give her a paralyzing agent.                     


Study: Risks Outweigh Benefits for Women Under 65 Taking Aspirin

December 8, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments

Is aspirin the wonder drug for everyone? A new study of healthy women finds the risks of taking low-dose aspirin may outweigh its value in preventing heart disease and cancer.             


Cancer Drug Fast-Tracked for Testing

December 8, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

A new experimental cancer drug has been designated a breakthrough therapy for some Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients.                       


James Allison’s Cancer Research Breakthrough

December 4, 2014 11:07 am | Comments

Nearly two decades ago, researcher James Allison found a way to use the body’s own immune system to kill malignant cells, a discovery that’s transforming cancer treatment and saving lives.           


GlaxoSmithKline Announces 900 Layoffs

December 4, 2014 8:37 am | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline released details of a restructuring program Wednesday, which included 900 layoffs.                          


Cyberthieves Targeting Pharmaceutical Companies' Merger Plans

December 3, 2014 2:47 pm | Comments

Cyberthieves may be targeting those involved in mergers, acquisitions and other market-moving events.                         


New Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

December 2, 2014 9:01 am | Comments

A new breast cancer vaccine is showing promising signs of success in the early stages of a clinical trial. Early evidence suggests the vaccine helped slow the cancer's progression.            


Large Spike in Rx Painkiller Overdoses; Risk-Based Cancer Screenings

December 2, 2014 8:54 am | Comments

A government report says that overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers more than tripled from 1999 to 2012. Also, new research on risk-based cancer screenings.              


Stem Cells Transformed Into Heart Tissue

November 25, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

In a breakthrough process, scientists are transforming stem cells into actual beating heart tissue. It could someday lead to new drug treatments for heart disease or even lab-created hearts for transplants.        


Dentists Warn About the Dangers of "Bleachorexia"

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | Comments

Using too many teeth whiteners may damage your smile.                                 



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