An airborne virus is rapidly turning people into zombies. Two-thirds of humanity has been wiped out. Scientists desperately look for a cure, even as their own brains deteriorate and the disease robs them of what we consider life.
A thumbs up. Two opened eyes. A smile. These simple signs of recognition from U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords kept hope alive for her recovery from a bullet to the head January 8. And later this week, her parents have told family members and friends in an e-mail, she'll be moved to Houston, Texas, to begin aggressive rehab with a team of medical specialists.
When Eugenie Smith's hands started tingling, she figured her biking gloves needed more padding. When she felt out of breath after a short walk on a treadmill, she assumed it was pneumonia. When her chest hurt, Smith chalked it up to indigestion.
After Barbara Walters told her fellow anchors on "The View" about her plans to have surgery later this week to fix her heart's faulty aortic valve, she mentioned she had known about her problem for a long time.
The blood thinner heparin may have contributed to the death of a toddler in Nebraska last week, according to the hospital that treated her. It's not the first time the drug has been linked to medical crises involving infants.
Most men 50 and older should seriously consider the potential risks of treatment before deciding whether to be screened for prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday in revised guidelines.
It's shocking, but it's true: Being a woman who's more than 20 pounds overweight may actually hike your risk of getting poor medical treatment. In fact, weighing too much can have surprising -- and devastating -- health repercussions beyond the usual diabetes and heart-health concerns you've heard about for years.
When cancer invades the brain, the prognosis is usually grim. Despite his treatment at highly regarded medical centers, Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who served as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts for nearly 47 years, died just over a year after his surgery.
Regina Regazzi, a 38-year-old New Yorker, is one of the lucky ones. Found to have type 1 diabetes as a child, she has remained relatively free of complications and continues to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. In fact, this executive recruiter has even run several marathons.
Long-term outcome research indicates that deep brain stimulation holds promise for the treatment of intractable major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, a frequent companion illness. The technique targets a specific node in the cerebral cortex. When that one region is stimulated, the effects spread throughout the frontal lobe of the brain.
About 90 percent of U.S. kids ages 8 to 16 play video games, and they spend about 13 hours a week doing so (more if you're a boy). Now a new study suggests virtual violence in these games may make kids more aggressive in real life.
Sen. Edward Kennedy has the most common type of brain tumor, but the size and nature of the tumor will determine how life threatening it is, CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Tuesday.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that affects up to 5 million Americans. CNN learned more about psoriasis from Dr. Mathew Avram, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser and Cosmetics Center.
Losing blood has immediate and guaranteed effects on the human body. In three to four minutes, neurons in the brain begin to die. In four to five minutes, permanent brain damage occurs. In 20 minutes, the heart no longer beats.
Had he followed in his mother's footsteps, Dr. Herman D. Suit might today be breaking horses. But long ago, he traded the wide open, dusty plains of west Texas for the narrow brick canyons of Boston's West End and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).