Medicare, the trust fund that pays for older Americans' healthcare, is now projected to last a bit longer than previous estimates. However, that doesn't seem to be the same case for Social Security. The future of Social Security is clouded with doubt.
Seema Biswas asks us to consider the valuable role that medical students can play in solving the health challenges of our modern world. By giving them the opportunity to outside of the classroom and engage in a meaningful way with patients around the world, students can not only play a critical part in serving vulnerable communities, but also become profoundly better doctors in the process.
Sarah, a 29-year-old dolphin, spent years working with children before her health sadly began to fail. A battery of tests revealed one of her airways had closed off 80 percent, so doctors used advances in human surgery and medicine to help her.
After having both hips replaced, Paula Spurlock expected to face months of rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility. However, she never expected to have an allergic reaction to the implants. A new blood test may make it possible to detect these allergies before the surgery takes place.
Dr. Angel Caldera, a cardiologist at Scott & White Hospital in Texas, discusses a new alternative for open heart surgery that is less invasive. According to Caldera, it involves implanting a new valve in the patient's heart with the use of catheters.
A recent study finds that most heart patients want a more active role in critical decisions about their healthcare. Dr. Harlan Krumholz, one of the researchers behind the new study, discusses this topic with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.
It's a national healthcare crisis that is flying under the radar a bit. There just aren't enough doctors in our country these days. The doctor shortage has hit rural parts of the United States especially hard, but there may be some feasible solutions.
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.