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Our Health
  • You can examine your doctor's record, but don't expect to learn everything

    Recently a reader wrote me to ask how patients can perform background checks on their doctors, to make sure that they're in good standing. He had a reason for asking: A few years ago, he said, he'd agreed to have a spinal fusion performed by an apparently well-regarded surgeon.

    February 25, 2014

  • The science of workout music

    You're bundling up for a chilly morning run. Or about to climb on the elliptical for a high-energy workout. Or warming up before a weightlifting session.

    What's the first thing you reach for?
    Your earbuds, naturally.

    February 19, 2014

  • Keeping your child safe while you drive

    Child passenger deaths have dropped by 43 percent over the past 10 years, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    February 17, 2014

  • VIDEO: Woman expecting triplets gives birth to identical quadruplets

    A Mississippi mother got a big surprise, just days before Valentines Day.

    February 17, 2014

  • Football helmets don't protect side of head from blows in tests

    Players using current football helmets aren't adequately protected against hits to the side of the head, which can lead to sometimes-lethal concussions and brain swelling, researchers said.

    February 17, 2014

  • news_icestorm.jpg VIDEO: Winter storm returns chaos to South

    Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago.

    February 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 2.15.01 PM.png VIDEO: Ice storm hits parts of the South

    Slushy highways and streets were mostly desolate and ice encased trees and sent them crashing into power lines, knocking out electricity to a wide swath of the South as the winter-weary region was hit with its second storm in two weeks.

    February 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • How the U.S. government spends millions to get people to eat more pizza

    It all adds up to a lot of calories: On an average day, the report notes, pizza provides 6 percent of the total caloric intake for American children and 4 percent for American adults.

    February 11, 2014

  • distracted-driving.jpg Risky things drivers do in their cars

    Everyone understands the risk of taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel, says David Teater, senior director of transportation strategic initiatives for the National Safety Council. But most people don't appreciate the demands of driving on the parts of the brain involved in attention, planning and language, he says.

    February 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • obit_shirleytemple.jpg VIDEO: Remembering Shirley Temple

    CBS News takes a look back at the life and career of Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday at age 85.

    February 11, 2014 1 Photo