60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll: Conspiracy

Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for May 2015. This month’s poll is about conspiracy, what occurs when two or more people secretly plot an illegal, treacherous or evil act. Movies and television shows like “The X-Files” often portray conspirators as cabals of older men sitting in dark smoke filled rooms plotting intrigue either […]

Do-it-yourself home births on the rise

Home births without a midwife or doctor present — which have been linked to increased risk of infant death and disease — have jumped 79 percent in the United States in recent years, researchers report. The actual number of unsupervised births is small, with about 5,000 reported in 2007 and more than 8,800 reported in […]

Who’s got your back for skin cancer prevention?

The return of warm weather has millions of Americans heading outside to soak up the sun. It feels especially welcome in the Northeast after a seemingly endless winter. But sun exposure is a leading cause of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, so it’s important to take steps to protect yourself. The American Academy […]

Teenage organ donor’s gift of life

May 4, 2015, 12:29 PM|Pennsylvania mom Amy Souders was devastated by the death of her 18-year-old son Cody from an accidental overdose in 2013. But she says his decision to become an organ donor and help dozens of people meant his loss was not in vain. CBS News’ Marlie Hall reports. Article source: http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsHealth/~3/ih-K1grV5rI/

Teen organ donor touches dozens of lives

When Amy Souders of Easton, Pennsylvania, lost her teenage son, Cody, she was determined that her family’s tragedy would not be in vain. Cody was an 18-year-old college freshman with a love of music and a promising future. “When he would smile, I don’t know, you just felt engulfed by Cody,” his mother recalls. In […]

Are food flavorings fueling the obesity epidemic?

Fat, sugar, and carbohydrates are common culprits when discussing the skyrocketing obesity epidemic, a disease now affecting one-third of the US population. However, in the new book, “The Dorito Effect,” author Mark Schatzker argues that food flavorings, which include everything from syrups to spices to sauces, are a big part of the problem affecting Americans’ […]

Sleepwalking may run in the family

More than 60 percent of children with two sleepwalking parents go on to develop the condition themselves, new research shows. Nighttime disturbances called sleep terrors also appear to run in families. “These findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors,” the study authors wrote. “Parents who have […]

Feds shut down diet supplement "fraud trifecta"

An operation that allegedly peppered consumers with spam emails pitching unproven diet supplements with fake celebrity endorsements was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said on Monday. California-based Sale Slash since 2012 pitched the supposed weight-loss benefits of such products as premium green coffee, garcinia cambogia and white kidney bean extract, the […]

Surgeons perform rare transplant of throat organs

WARSAW, Poland — Polish surgeons said Monday they have successfully performed a rare and extensive transplant of the throat area. Dr. Adam Maciejewski said the 37-year-old patient suffered from advanced cancer of the voice box, making it impossible for him to breathe, swallow and speak. Other parts involved in the transplant included the windpipe, esophagus, […]

How the U.S. ranks in maternal and child health

The United States prides itself on a high standard of living and some of the top medical care in the world, but when it comes to maternal and child health, a new report finds a lot of room for improvement. The U.S. ranks 61st globally in maternal health, performing worse than any developed country in […]

Bleating Shame: Goat on a boat causes problems for Navy officer

Aug. 6, 2013: Charlie the goat is shown standing by chief petty officer (CPO) selectees at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (US Navy) An adorable pygmy goat may have created a mess for a top Navy officer.  Capt. John Banigan, the commanding officer of the cruiser USS Lake Erie, has been removed amid an investigation into, among […]

Fidel Castro a drug kingpin? Ex-bodyguard claims Cuban leader directed illegal operations

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had a perfectly constructed persona shown to the world: a ragtag revolutionary who bowed to no one. But a former bodyguard to the longtime leader shares in a new book about Castro’s alleged luxurious lifestyle and drug-smuggling schemes to the United States. In “The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My […]