The Murnaghan family of Newrown, Pa., is fighting a little known organ transplant policy that is effectively pushing 10-year-old daughter Sarah to the bottom of the adult transplant waiting list because it mandates that adult lungs be offered to all adult patients before they can be offered to someone under 12 years old.
After his close friend died from pancreatic cancer, 16-year-old Jack Andraka unleashed his hyper-drive intellect on preventing more cancer deaths. And as Jim Axelrod reports, the teen created a much faster and far cheaper detection method for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer.
Technology at Michigan's Marquette General Hospital is allowing doctors to better attack brain tumors. Last June, the facility became the first hospital in the United States to perform a surgery using the brain path device to remove tumors.
Women with breast cancer now have more surgical options to treat their disease and save more of their breast. New techniques are faster, gentler, and less disfiguring. Breast cancer has been in the news lately, especially since famous actress Angelina Jolie announced she underwent a double masectomy.
Aimee Copeland, a Georgia woman who lost parts of all four of her limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria after a one-in-a-million, devastating zip line accident, was recently fitted with high-tech, $100,000 bionic hands. This is her incredible story...
Thirty-six students at the University of Central Florida graduated free of debt last week. Just four years ago, UCF broke ground on its medical school. It had no accreditation and no faculty. School officials offered each med student and offered to cover all of their living expenses to help lure them to UCF.
New healthcare laws are not only urging doctors to keep digital records. They are urging doctors to keep ONLY digital records moving forward. However, it must be noted that only 40 percent of physicians in the United States have converted their paper files.
The journal of the American Medical Association says approximately 150,000 Americans are misdiagnosed every year. And one-in-three patients die or are debilitated. CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips reports on this disturbing study.
Doctors have seen promising results in an experiment that transfers a hormone from healthy mice to mice with heart failure. Dr. Jon LaPook reports that this has led to a lot of excitement and optimism, but the next step is to see if it has the same effect in humans.
Dr. Philip Schauer, the Director of Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, describes and discusses different weight loss surgeries and the type of bariatric surgery well-known New Jersey governor Chris Christie recently underwent.
A 16-year-old boy says the mysterious stomach ache that put him in the hospital bed was so bad, it felt like he was being stabbed from the inside out. Doctors were perplexed and worried so they performed exploratory surgery on his small intestine. It was discovered that he ate a wire the size of a hair from a common grill brush that apparently came off and stuck to the chicken he was eating at a family barbecue.
A Missouri woman is left unable to walk or talk after surgeons operate on the wrong side of her brain. This video reports on a lawsuit that has been filed accusing the hospital and doctor of medical malpractice. It's a pretty serious situation, and one that serves as a valuable lesson to healthcare professionals.
An app that can send text updates to a patient's loved ones while he or she is in surgery is being used by some doctors. It is being used as a useful way to inform family members on the status of a patient. Here's a look at this cutting-edge app.
Hospitals are under new pressure not only to treat their patients, but to make sure they don't come back. Here is a report on how the Affordable Care Act is addressing the issue of unnecessary hospital readmissions. The government wants to make sure they decline.
The Affordable Care Act is bringing millions of new patients into the medical system, but it's happening just as the country is about to lose a third of its physicians. Vinita Nair visits a medical school in Connecticut which has a strategy for fixing the shortage of doctors.