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August 20th, 2010
02:21 PM ET

Secondhand smoke, occasional cigarettes do harm

Sometimes it's hard to avoid being around family members who smoke at home or friends who light up at bars. But it's worth it.  Just a small amount of smoke can be detrimental to your health, a new study reports.

"Exposure to cigarette smoke is bad for you, and your lung cells know it, and those are the cells that are central to the disease," said Dr. Ronald Crystal at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Crystal and colleagues  took urine samples from 121 participants to see how much exposure people had to cigarette smoke, measuring nicotine and its breakdown products. This allowed them to classify participants as active smokers, nonsmokers, and people with low-level exposure.

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August 20th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Flu shots available now

During a scorching summer,  flu shots may not be the first thing on your mind. But, drug store giants are making them available now.

The early availability of these shots follows new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all people aged six months and older should receive the vaccine. The agency also said that the annual flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the flu season, into December, January, and beyond. Read more here about protecting yourself.

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Egg-splained: Free-range, cage-free and organic
August 20th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Egg-splained: Free-range, cage-free and organic

With the salmonella-based outbreak, eggs are on our minds these days.  To help answer questions you might have,  our friends at Eatocracy explain  the differences among  free-range, cage-free and organic eggs.

For the latest on the Salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of 380 million eggs, check out CNN's coverage.


Filed under: Food Safety

August 20th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

Will eating meat help recovery after long runs?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Fridays, it's physician nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis.

Question asked by Michele of Manchester, New Hampshire: I have been a vegetarian and long-distance runner for about nine years. I am now wondering if re-introducing meat into my diet will help with recovery after long runs/races and improve my endurance and speed.

If I did begin eating meat again, what can I expect to see in terms of gains regarding running?

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