In one small pocket of Washington state, a devastating type of birth defect is occurring at rates that are off-the-charts. Almost all affected babies die shortly after birth. Some experts say that it's possible this is just a random cluster of horrible luck. But what if something in the environment is the culprit? State health officials say they've looked and found nothing. But there are serious questions being raised about that investigation. Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the story.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship 'Explorer of the Seas' returned to its port in Bayonne, New Jersey two days early. Nearly 700 people onboard were sickened by a gastrointestinal illness. Their symptoms were consistent with the norovirus. Which is to say it wasn’t a pretty sight on board that ship. Elizabeth Cohen spoke to passengers as they returned to shore.
A Royal Caribbean cruise is being cut short, after more than 600 people on board came down with a gastrointestinal illness. The cause hasn't been pinpointed, but the company says the symptoms are consistent with norovirus. Elizabeth Cohen has the latest.
Authorities in West Virginia are warning hundreds of thousands of residents that their water is unsafe for drinking, cooking and washing. Investigators say a chemical used to wash coal contaminated the local water supply. What will it take to make the water safe again? Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the latest.
The FDA is turning up the heat on artificial trans fats, saying it no longer considers the heart-clogging additives to be generally safe in foods. It's a major policy shift and the first step in banning artificial trans fats from the nation's food supply. Without that "generally safe" designation, it will eventually be illegal to sell foods containing man-made trans fats. Anderson discussed all this with Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
Michael Moss is the author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" and has plenty to say about trans fats.
Days after giving birth to twins, Lana Kuykendall was diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria. She is now preparing to return home after more than 2 months of aggressive therapy. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen interviewed her and tells Anderson about Lana's incredible story of survival.
Part two of a story about California’s history of forced sterilizations, and efforts by the remaining victims to receive reparations from the state. Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen investigates.
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Kindra Arnesen's husband often calls while he's out on a shrimping trip, so she wasn't surprised to hear her cell phone ring the night of April 29 while he was on an overnight fishing expedition.
However, this time, her husband, David, wasn't calling to tell her about the day's catch or to wish their children Aleena and David Jr. a good night. He was calling to tell her he was sick, and the strange thing about it, so were men on the seven other shrimping boats working near his.
"I received several calls from him saying, 'This one's hanging over the boat throwing up. This one says he's dizzy, and he's feeling faint. Everybody's loading up their stuff, tying up their rigs and going back to the docks,'" Arnesen remembers.
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