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August 30th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

MS activity may vary with seasons

In the spring and summer months, some people with multiple sclerosis  are at a two to three times greater risk for disease activity, according to research published Monday in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study, led by Dominik Meier, Ph.D. of Brigham and Women's Hospital, examined MRI screenings and other data taken from 1991 to 1993.  This was before the availability of current traditional therapies to modify the course of the disease.  44 people aged 25 to 52 living in Boston participated in the study.  They had MRIs weekly to monthly over the course of a year. The researchers also included weather information in their study.  MRIs are the primary tools used to monitor the disease progress, as they show the scarring, also called lesions.

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August 30th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

Children's ER visits for concussions double

The number of emergency department visits caused by children's concussions more than doubled in the last 10 years, despite an overall decline in sports participation, according to a new study released Monday.

Using data from a sample of U.S. hospitals that have emergency departments, authors Dr. Lisa Bakhos and her colleagues found that from 2001 to 2005, about 502,000 emergency visits came from concussions in children between the ages of 8 and 13 years of age.

Approximately half of these 500,000 emergency department visits were from concussions related to organized sports, according to the article published in Pediatrics.

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August 30th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

How can I get earrings back into closed holes?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Question asked by Debbie of Ohio: My daughter got her ears pierced a few months ago and took the earrings out for a few hours today but now can't get them back in. Could the holes be closed up already? How can we get the earrings back in without it hurting too much? FULL POST


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