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Feds crack down on 4 bogus weight loss aids

Makers of a weight loss additive called Sensa will return more than $26 million to consumers to settle federal charges that the company used deceptive advertising claiming that consumers could lose weight by simply sprinkling the powder on their food.

Flu-related death toll doubles in Wash. State

The flu season has made a strong comeback in just the first week of the New Year. The death toll has doubled, with six people in Washington State having died this flu season.

New drug approvals from FDA declined in 2013

New drug approvals from FDA declined in 2013
The Food and Drug Administration approved 27 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2013, down from 39 new medications in 2012, which was a 15-year high.

Boy who can't blink needs treatment at Mayo Clinic

Boy who can't blink needs treatment at Mayo Clinic »Play Video
Corban, who can't blink his eyes on his own, sings one of his favorite songs. His family is taking him to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, but they need help paying for a diagnosis.

He's almost 4 years old and can't blink on his own. It's just one of the unexplained symptoms plaguing Corban Durant of Mulino. Now his family needs your help to get him treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's disease progression

Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's disease progression
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2012, file photo, Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility in Washington, puts her hand on the arm of a resident. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Researchers say vitamin E might slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease - the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage.

Body clock may be to blame when tots fight sleep

Body clock may be to blame when tots fight sleep
University of Colorado student Karlie Johansen collects a saliva sample from 3-year-old Anders Todd, as part of a study of sleep patterns in young children.
When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests maybe their body clock doesn't match their bedtime.

Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nation

Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nation
In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, Jenny, an Alzheimer patient from Switzerland, is fed fruit by a Thai caretaker at Baan Kamlangchay care center in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
Residents of this facility for people with Alzheimer's disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles.

UNOS to oversee hand, face transplants like organs

UNOS to oversee hand, face transplants like organs
This photo taken Dec. 20, 2013 shows double hand transplant recipient, Lindsay Aronson Ess grimacing as she works on her dexterity during a physical therapy session in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Sure your liver or kidney could save someone's life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver's license.

Committee to oversee hand, face transplants like organs

Committee to oversee hand, face transplants like organs
Double hand transplant recipient Lindsay Aronson Ess grimaces as she works on her dexterity during a physical therapy session in Richmond, Va.
The government is preparing to regulate the new field of hand and face transplants like it does standard organ transplants, giving more Americans who are disabled or disfigured by injury, illness or combat a chance at this radical kind of reconstruction.

Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year
Dr. Jason Cabler sits in the exercise room of his home in Hendersonville, Tenn. Cabler, 46, suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day in 2012 while lifting weights in the basement gym.
'Tis the season - for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. It's not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing.

Holiday Button Battery Dangers

Holiday Button Battery Dangers

With the holiday season comes the danger to small children from button type batteries, that are toxicm, and potentially lethal if swallowed by a child