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Sherry Higgs (CBS)

Cancer Patients Get Free Rides To Treatment Appointments

A cancer patient often has another concern: how to get to all those medical appointments. But that’s where this week’s Jefferson Award winner steps in. Sherry Higgs knows firsthand what it’s like to battle cancer. And she’s devoting her life to make sure patients get a ride.. and a friend.

06/17/2015

Some of the food items which contain trans fat. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

FDA: Trans Fats A ‘Threat To Public Health’ – Food Industry Must Phase Them Out

Artificial trans fats can raise levels of “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

06/16/2015

Rear view of a young woman carrying a surfboard on the beach, Hawaii, USA

Ewww…. Surfer Butts The Focus Of Scientific Research Into Ocean Bacteria

Call it the most literal “beach bum” study ever. Occasionally in science, the topic of your research and the perfect subjects in which to study it correlate in unique ways, case in point — surfers and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More specifically, surfer’s colons.

06/11/2015

McLean, UNITED STATES: LAWYERS FATTEN UP OBESITY SUIT AGAINST 'BIG SODA': Students at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia, purchase soft drinks from vending machines on school property 15 December, 2005. A bubbling law suit has the 92 billion USD US soft drinks industry battling claims it is to blame for a hefty slice of America's youth obesity epidemic. Giants Pepsi Co. and Coca-Cola could soon be ensnared in the kind of class action legal tangles which landed tobacco firms with multi-billion dollar settlements, and hauled fast food icon McDonalds into court. Lawyers, some veterans of the tobacco wars, will accuse soda firms which fill school vending machines with plying soda pop guzzling youths with a product harmful to their health. AFP Photo/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco General Hospital To Stop Offering Sodas, Sugary Drinks

Another San Francisco hospital plans to stop offering sugar sweetened beverages, saying that the drinks are unhealthy.

06/11/2015

Newborn babies lay in their beds at the St. Elisabeth and St. Barbara hospital in Halle, eastern Germany, on January 2, 2012. (WALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Birth Month May Determine Risk For Certain Diseases

Since humans first gazed at the heavens, birth months have been examined for clues about our lives. Now, scientists have discovered our birth months may actually determine the risk of developing certain diseases.

06/09/2015

Dog Lover

Warning: Drought Increases Rabies Risk For Pets, People

Animal bites are already more common during summer because everyone spends more time outside, but the drought exacerbates the rabies risk.

06/09/2015

How The Brain Avoids Blurry Vision

How The Brain Avoids Blurry Vision

Scientists have discovered how nerve cells stabilize visual images…

06/02/2015

Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free Zone #NewsMom

Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free Zone

While covering a story on cell phone radiation, reporter Julie Watts asks a personal aside: “How dangerous is it that I keep two cellphones and a wireless baby monitor in our bedroom where my child sleeps? ” The response prompted her to declare her bedroom wireless-free.

05/20/2015

A Whole Foods market in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Do I Really Need To Buy Organic Every Time?

We’d all love to feed our little angels an all-organic diet, but who can afford it when organic produce can cost almost 50% more? This is a great resource to help parents narrow down when you should go out of your way to buy organic, and when you can get away with running by the corner store to grab an avocado on the way home from work.

04/30/2015