Discussion about what you it'rare it's rare disease day.
One family shares their story.
And, five decades later, a soldier is laid to rest.
Plus, steve hartman is on the road with a story of good neighbors.
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We pbabl we probably know these food aren't good for us.
But they make life easier.
While some minimally processed foods retain most of their inherent nutritional and physical properties, it's the more heavily processed foods, also known as "ultra processed" tha are the real problem.
Kim hutcherson has more.
We all know that eating processed foods isn't the healthiest of choices... and according to a new study published in the journal of the american medical association.... eating a lot of unhealthy, "ultra-processed foods may even shorten your life span.
Researchers found that a 10- percent increase in your consumption of ultra- processed foods was linked to a higher risk of death by 14- percent.
Ultraprocessed foods are typically formulated with salt, sugar, oils and fats, dyes or flavors, and other additives..
So next time you're cruising the grocery aisles.... try to avoid these items.... -carbonated and fruit- flavored drinks -ice cream -margarines and spreads -cookies, pastries and cakes -pre-made pies, pasta and pizza dishes -chicken nuggets -burgers -hot dogs you can still enjoy these foods, but to live a longer, healthier life..
Keep it in moderation.
For today's health minute, i'm kim hutcherson reporting.
Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in both men and women, but many people who should get tested are not.
Now new research shows home testing is a good screening option.
Tom hanson has more.
A new review shows at home tests are effective for colorectal cancer screening in average risk people.
The research looked at more than 30 studies on tests called f-i-ts which need to be done annually.
There are different ways of getting screened.
One of them is the colonoscopy and that is a great choice for a lot of people.
But for the people who don't want the colonoscopy know that there are alternatives.
One of those alternatives is the fit test and that is looking for invisible blood that is in the stool currently, only 65 percent of people who should be getting screened for colorectal cancer are getting tested.
Cbs news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook is a gastroenterolo gist.
He says the hope is access to less invasive and intimidating tests will increase screening rates.
The main highlight here is that fit seems to be a pretty good test for picking up colon cancer.
It's a less good test for picking up colon polyps but it certainly beats doing nothing.
With colon cancer increasing in younger people, last year the american cancer society began recommending average risk adults start screening at 45, not at 50.
Patrice brown with the colorectal cancer alliance reminds people to look out for symptoms, to know your risk factors such as family history and to just get screened.
Our motto is the best test is the test that gets done regardless of method colorectal cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if detected early.
Tom hanson, cbs news, new york.
Other risk factors for colon cancer include obesity, inactivity, smoking and a diet high in red and processed meats.
The last day of february each year marks rare disease day.
It's estimated that 30 million americans have a rare disease , so scientists and families want to raise awareness.
Dr. mallika marshall has one family's story.
Nats joey tanella is a typical 8 year old boy&& having fun with his parents and sister.
I like to do homework, eat lunch and snack nats he's among the millions of people in the us living with a rare disease, diagnosed at just two days old.
The doctor called me and said we had to bring joey immediately to the hospital.// we had to immediately stop feeding him // during those days, his organs were failing essentially, his liver was failing joey has galactosemia, which occurs in about 1 in 50- thousand births .
The rare genetic metabolic disorder is life threatening because it affects the body's ability to process a sugar called galactose.
The only treatment is to avoid foods that contain galactose or lactose, found in all dairy products.
Most of the babies that are not recognized in the newborn period don't survive all babies in the us are now screened for galactosemia.
But dr. gerard berry at boston children's hospital says even with early diagnosis and a restricted diet, patients can still suffer speech and motor skill delays and learning problems. the goal of all of our research now is to try to understand what causes this and how we can improve the lives of these patients there are about 7-thousand rare diseases& and many like galactosemia do not have any fda approved treatments.
That is something researchers and families hope will change with more awareness and funding.
He does have developmental delays associated, primarily being speech nats bike the tanellas say joey's rare disease is just a part of who he is ..
Joey is a hard worker, he loves running.
//he doesn't give up.
I think he actually made both of us better people we want him to have the best possible life that he can and he's having that right now.
They hope sharing their story will help other families with rare diseases feel less alone.
Dr. mallika marshall, cbs news, boston.
A disease is considered rare in the us if it affects fewer than 200-thousand people.
Despite the booming economy and positive job numbers-- analysts are seeing a troubling trend.
More people are falling behind on their auto loan payments.
Mary moloney has more.
Some 7 million americans are 90 or more days behind on their car loans.
That's according to new data released by the federal reserve bank of new york.
The bank says this is the highest number of people in delinquency since it started taking this data 19 years ago.
So, with a strong economy and labor market, why are delinquencies rising?
Economists say the data shows not everyone is benefiting from the current financial situation.
And say auto loans offer a more accurate measure of financial burden.
When it comes to credit card debt-- people can dial back on their payments.
That's not the case when it comes to car loans.
Payments are fixed and there's no wiggle room in case you're low on cash one month.
Experts say to avoid falling behind-- be smart during the buying process.
One tip-- make a good down payment to get a lower monthly payment.
And-- this is an obvious one-- new cars depreciate quickly-- so consider buying a used one instead.
For consumer watch-- i'm mary moloney.
The data shows younger americans are struggling with car loans the most.
Even with struggles to make the car note, more people are driving.
On average americans are spending 51 minutes a day behind the wheel.
Chris martinez has the results of a new study.
Milia cowley commutes every day in los angeles where it often takes a long time to go a short distance.
Mc: "11 miles about 11 miles."
Cm: "and tha takes?"
Mc: "40 to 4 minutes& and sometimes an hour, 50 to an hour, depending on the day" milia is one of millions of people across the country facing longer drive times.
New research from triple-a reveals americans are spending an extra 20 minutes driving each week - compared to five years ago.
"when you add i all up across the driving public that's about 70 billion hours behind the wheel over the course of a year."
Triple-a's tamra johnson says a number of factors are slowing things down on the road.
The strong economy has more people buying cars and with lower gas prices they're driving more.
All that leads to more congestion.
Maybe it's even adjusting your commute time so you are driving earlier in the morning and avoiding some of that congestion milia's strategy for getting to her destination - patience and the radio& "in the morning sports radio& at night when i come home i want to relax so i listen to a lot of music, mostly 80's" it's perhaps the only antidote to a frustrating - sluggish drive.
Chris martinez, cbs news, los angeles triple-a says drivers in the west spend the most time driving, at nearly an hour a day& followed by drivers in the northeast, who are on the road about 51 minutes daily.
When we return, soldier comes home.
Mid morning will be right back.
A summit this week, much attention has been focused on vietnam, the site of a summit between the u-s president and the president of north korea.
Americans spent much time in this part of the world.
The korean and vietnam wars have this in common: some americans sent to fight never came home.
12-hundred americans are still missing in vietnam.
Jeff glor has a story spanning fifty years and two continents-- of a love lost, and found.
One that will come full circle this week.
Charlotte shaw and rich "tito lannom, met in 1964 and were married soon after.
For the next 2 1/2 years, they moved around the country as tito trained to be a navy pilot.
ñ00:18:03;21 we were there for each other.
And-- and-- we were just-- you know, we were just one.
And-- and soul mates.
And we still are he got his wings and shipped off to vietnam on the uss enterprise.
ñ 09:21:06;27 charlotte shaw: this particular-- picture here was the last morning right before he left.
On march 1, 1968, his plane never returned from a combat mission.
He was declared missing in action.
ñ00:02:17;18 no one knew where his plane had crashed, no one knew what had happened.
Charlotte was devastated but determined.
She joined the national league of pow/mia families, and lobbied for the return of prisoners of war at the north vietnamese embassy in paris some came home.
Tito did not.
Charlotte later remarried, but the mystery of what happened to her first love remained then, last fall, 50 years after tito disappeared, she received a message.
09:47:10;24 charlotte shaw: it was the most overwhelming, unbelievable, astounding news that my mind and soul had ever taken in-- in years.
Lt colonel adam points leads the us pow/mia accounting agency in hanoi.
We owe it to the family members 00;44;50;29 not one story will be forgotten.
It's our job to make sure that that story is continued to be told, decades from now.
Based on decades-old eyewitness memories of a crash& working with the u-s& a vietnamese excavation team led by colonel thuong traveled to the remote island of tra ban 00;56;25;09 jg: tell me about how challenging this mission was.
00;57;52;13 00;58;07;17 thuong told us it was multiple boat ride, followed by a harrowing two and a half hour climb up steep cliffs, even more dangerous in the rainy season.
But five decades after tito was presumed lost forever, his remains were found.
Next week, charlotte will return to tito's hometown in tennessee for a celebration of his life.
He will be buried with full military honors.
00:44:18;07 charlotte shaw: i look forward to-- to goin' back to his roots and his hometown, and just-- and that'll be hard, but-- but just to-- to go back and-- and to kinda walk through it hand in hand with him.
00:44:58;24 jeff glor: that is gonna be hard.
00:45:01;14 charlotte shaw: it will be.
Of all the aching, unresolved stories to emerge from the vietnam war, one more is over.
00:42:34;08 charlotte shaw: i just want him to know how proud that i have been all of these years, to-- to have been his wife.
// and two- and-a-half years were worth everything.
Because it-- it was worth that price of love.
// so i just would like to be able to tell him.
00:43:11;06 jeff glor: you will.
00:43:16;02 charlotte shaw: soon ora omy a story from steve hartman - on the road - next on mid morning.
Mpetors competitors helping one another get ahead.
It may sound strange - but that's exactly what happened in california when a book store was nearly forced to close its doors.
Other stores in the area teamed up to make sure they could stay in business.
Lindsey pena reports.
It's only been open about a year, but 'the book catapult' ... nats has become a go to for people looking for something different... something special.
There's somebody in m bed."
From a collection of carefully curated shelves.
"they know their business - pu it that way - and they know what's interesting."
Jennifer powel and her husband seth marko love sharing their passion for books with others.
But in the last days of january, the couple discovered that seth needed emergency open heart heart surgery.
Jennifer powel/store owner: "very intense surgery bu there was no other option and we were confident that everything was going to go well."
Thankfully he made it out ok, but was in no shape to work.
And since jennifer was taking care of him and their three year old daughter, neither could she.
But once word started to spread... they realized their doors wouldn't stay closed for long.
Jennifer powel/store owner: "everybody really kind o jumped into action like almost immediately, which is really wonderful because then we were literally only closed for a day."
Colleagues from other bookstores decided to staff the shop, free of charge until jennifer and seth could get back on their feet.
Jennifer powel/store owner: "it's not really hard to believ that this happened but it's still heartwarming to see that it actually did come into place."
Jennifer telling us she and her husband are touched by the outpouring of support.
Jennifer powel/store owner: "i think he would probably say don't know how to thank you but i will probably spend the rest of my life trying to.
From our customers to our friends to our volunteer staff, just thank you smiling."
Everybody seems to be talking-- in a very áquietá neighborhood.
Here's steve hartman, "on th road."
Script: at the far end of islington road in newton, massachusetts - lives a little girl near and dear to the neighborhood.
Two-year-old samantha savitz is deaf - but boy does she love to talk to anyone who knows sign language.
Her parents - raphael and glenda.
Bite parents "raphael: she' super engaging.
She wants to chat-up with anybody.
Glenda: yea, her whole personality changes when it's someone who can communicate with her."
Likewise, if someone can't - well, that makes sam just a little sad.
Her desire for engagement has been painfully obvious to everyone in the neighborhood.
Whenever they see her on a walk or in her yard - and sam tries to be neighborly - they say they find themselves at frustrating loss for words.
Mos "i didn't know what to sa back.
Wouldn't you like to talk to her?"
"bas conversation that one would have with a child."
"asking h about her day."
"and make h feel that she is part of the neighborhood."
"just be h friend."
Std-up / unfortunately, this isn't something you can solve with a casserole.
You'd need the whole community to learn sign language - just for a little 2-year-old girl - can't expect neighbors to do that.
You can only appreciate them when they do.
On their own, neighbors got together, hired an instructor, and are now fully immersed in an american sign language class.
The teacher, rhys mcgovern, says this is remarkable because a lot of times even the parents of deaf children don't bother to learn sign language.
Bite rhys "but here sam has full community that's signing and communicating with her and her family, and it is a beautiful story."
And rhys says this level of inclusion will almost certainly guarantee a happier, more well-adjusted sam.
Which is why her parents say there aren't words in any language to express their gratitude.
Bite parents "glenda: yea, it' really shocking and beautiful.
Raphael: and we are so fortunate."
In fact, they say they're already seeing a difference in their daughter.
Bite glenda "she know something is going on here."
Bite mos "you should see he when she comes in at the end of class."
"the first thing s says to us is 'friend'."
"i thi your heart would melt just as mine did."
Sometimes it feels like america is losing its sense of community -- but then you hear abt a ac about a place like this - where the village it takes to raise a child is alive and well and here to remind us - however quietly - that what makes a 'good neighborhood' is nothing more&than good neighbors.
Steve hartman, on the road, in newton, massachusetts.
Just ahead, an amazing home could be yours to live in for free.
But you know this - there's a catch.
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Wednesday was the day to celebrate pikachu and all things pokemon.
February 27th marked the 23rd anniversary of the first pokemon games -- pokemon red and green for the intendo game- boy.
If you're thinking it doesn't seem like it's been that long, you're right.
The pokemon franchise didn't come to the u-s until about two years after it hit japan.
The internationally popular mobile game "pokemo go" launched i 20-16.
Pikachu -- loosely translated as "electri rodent" -- is th most iconic of the small monsters.
He's officially described as a "mouse type pokemon... but that's not entirely accurate.
Pikachu's creator revealed last year she actually based his design on a squirrel -- which makes sense when you look at his puffy cheeks and posture.
-tag- the pokemon company celebrated the landmark day by announcing new games pokemon sword and pokemon shield for the nintendo switch.
Pokemon go players will also find some special versions of the creatures for pokemon day.
Right now, indiana landmarks is offering a chance to live in a one of a kind, historic home, rent free for 50 years.
The catch -- you have to restore it to the tune of about 2 and a half million dollars.
The home is on lake michigan, inside the newly designated indiana dunes national park -- moved here after the 1933 worlds fair in chicago.
Indiana landmarks is looking for someone to come in and restore the home.
In exchange...you'll get a 50-year lease.
Kristin bien has the story.
This is good?
This is good.
The house of tomorrow..needs a lot of work today... good is..
We's say 60 to 70 percent is still in place.
The historic...and unique home...sits along the lakeshore in indiana dunes national park.
It is waiting for it's turn to be restored.
So there are 5 worlds fiar houses here on this site the house of tomorrow was actually built for the 1933 chicago world's fair.
Visitors toured homes to see a glimpse into the future...how people might be living in 100 years.
There was ...a dishwasher...an open floor plan...and an attached garage... things unheard of in 1933.
So behind us there was a large hanger door essentially&that lifted up and that is where the airplane was on display the home ...and 4 others...were moved by barge...to beverly shores after the worlds fair.
Families lived in them until the 90s... that's when they began deteriorating.
The other four have been restored by heroes just like we are looking for the house of tomorrow.w they are the ones that have come in put their time and talent and treasure into restoring these house.
The house of tomorrow has it's challenges...but it is unique in every sense of the word.
Is a dodecagon -- it has 12 sides.
The ground level was work space... on the top two floors, it was designed to be all plate glass.
Then this was the master bedroom space.
Again if you think about floor to ceiling glass there.
Despite the deterioration...many of the original features remain.
Including the metal staircase...and the modern metal kitchen ... so then this is the wall which is kind of fun this is what the floor looks like when it is restored.
It is small endgrain walnut block wall.
This is original never been restored and the whole floor throughout living room, ding room, master would be this engrain block.
It is not your typical home..and it is not your typical home sale.
It will likely take about 2.5 million dollars to restore the house.
And restoration would have to follow preservation standards.
But historians say...the end result will be worth it.
They still draw attention all these years later.
People come across them.
Just like at the fair.
Millions came through these houses because people were so fascinated by them.
It continues today.
Tag: it is a dodecagon we'll be right back thatnd m that and more on the next midmorning.