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September 30th, 2010
06:55 PM ET

Could bad meat cause a positive drug test?

Medical experts are divided over whether bad meat could result in a positive finding in a doping test.

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was provisionally suspended Thursday from competitive cycling by the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), after trace amounts of clenbuteral were found in the analysis of a urine sample taken during an in-competition test on July 21.

"It is a food contamination case of which I am the victim," the cyclist said, adding that the result was due to bad meat he and several other riders had eaten the day before the urine test. Read more here. FULL POST


September 30th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

South Asians have higher heart risks after transplant

South Asians have more than twice the risk  of  a major cardiac event after a kidney transplant compared with other selected populations, according to a study published Thursday.  And the lack of information about the unique cardiovascular health risks confronting South Asians may be resulting in preventable heart disease.

Dr. Ramesh Prasad, a nephrologist, or kidney disease specialist, noticed that his South Asian patients (descended from the Indian subcontinent) who got kidney transplants appeared to have many more heart attacks than patients of other ethnic groups.

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September 30th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

TEDMED: Goldie Hawn works toward kids' happiness

In the wake of 9-11, actress Goldie Hawn became concerned about the happiness of children and optimizing their state of being.

She brought together neuroscientists, doctors, educators, psychologists, and other experts in the field to create a curriculum for making children happy; increasingly important considering growing trends on childhood depression and school drop-out rates. The result was called MindUp, a way for children to get in touch with their emotions, manage stress, and enhance focus and learning.

The program appears to have worked. Children in this 15-lesson curriculum were better able to manage their levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, she said. They also had improved executive function.

Dr. Daniel Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, then speaks about how the educational system may be "imprisoning" children's brains. Kids, from very early on, can develop "mindsight," the ability to see the internal worlds of others and themselves. He looks at wellbeing as an integrated triangle of mind, brain, and relationships. Children should learn reflection as a skill, he says. Through mindsight, children can have more compassionate, empathic relationships, as well as enhanced insight and emotional balance.

TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 will take place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.

Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be attending TEDMED in October and his coverage of the conference will be featured in "Sanjay Gupta, M.D."


September 30th, 2010
01:16 PM ET

What might cause tongue pain?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Anna, Washington, D.C.

“Is it possible to sprain/strain your tongue? I get shooting pains in my tongue. What can I take to stop the pain?"

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September 30th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Mammograms effective from age 40, study says

Amid the controversy over the age at which women should begin having mammograms, a study from Sweden supports starting breast cancer screening at age 40.

That conclusion goes against the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued guidelines recommending against mammograms for women ages 40 to 49. The announcement of those guidelines sparked an uproar among advocacy groups. Later, the task force said it had communicated the guidelines "poorly," and emphasized that women should still be able to choose to have mammograms at age 40 - it just shouldn't be automatic.

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September 30th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

Living with early onset Parkinson’s

Five to 10 percent of the estimated 50,000 Americans who get a new Parkinson’s diagnosis each year are under the age of 50. It’s called “early onset Parkinson’s."

Two people suffering from “early onset Parkinson’s" shared their stories with CNN Radio’s Jim Roope.

Mike Weinman's condition was diagnosed when he was 36 years old. He’s been living with this progressive disease for 10 years. “Do I think I got screwed? Yeah, bottom line,” said Weinman. “But you have to look at what you have instead of what you don’t.”

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ADHD is a genetic condition, study says
September 29th, 2010
06:30 PM ET

ADHD is a genetic condition, study says

A new study in the Lancet provides the first direct evidence that genetic abnormalities are responsible for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD.

Although previous research had shown that ADHD can be inherited, no specific genes have been identified before that seem to underlie this condition. But that doesn't mean that someone with these particular genetic markers will have ADHD, experts say.

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September 29th, 2010
05:50 PM ET

Childhood cancer treatment sparks talk of a "cure"

It’s not often we use the word “cure” in a headline about cancer, but there’s news today that has some doctors buzzing. 

A report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine describes a new therapy for a deadly childhood cancer.  The disease is called high-risk neuroblastoma, which affects the nerves lining the spinal cord and often forms tumors around the adrenal gland, in the abdomen.  226 patients were split into two equal groups.  In the half receiving the experimental therapy, 66 percent survived without complications for two years, compared to 46 percent of those who got standard therapy.

The difference was so dramatic that the study was actually stopped early, because researchers decided it would be unethical not to offer the new therapy to all patients.

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Allergy bullies in school: Your thoughts
September 29th, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Allergy bullies in school: Your thoughts

CNN received a huge response yesterday to the article about kids being bullied for their food allergies.

And more than 70,000 readers responded to a poll on Eatocracy about whether they think schools should make special accommodations for kids with peanut allergies.

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September 29th, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Michael J. Fox on Parkinson's and life

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

When I went to Michael J. Fox’s neighborhood this morning, I had no idea what time we would start our interview. “He has to time his medications,” I was told. “When his medications kick in, he will be ready.” As far as I could tell, Fox’s medications kicked in right away, and for the next 90 minutes, we talked about everything.

Fox spoke about the hard shoes he has to wear first thing in the morning, because his feet and legs are so stiff. He humorously added that he just puts his toothbrush in his mouth, and lets the movement of his head do the rest of the work. As a neurosurgeon, it was fascinating to hear Michael describe his own brain surgery with such great clarity and his fears about doing it again. “Well, it is brain surgery…"  he said with flourish.

There is a lot we don’t know about Parkinson’s disease. For starters, no one is sure what causes it. One’s genetics likely loads the gun, and something in the environment pulls the trigger. But what? It might surprise you to know four people on the set of Fox’s first television series, "Leo and Me," developed early onset Parkinson’s disease. A statistical anomaly, or a clue? Michael, and his foundation’s scientists aren’t sure. Michael pauses when I ask him about it, he shrugs his shoulders and says, “I am not as concerned about a few people. I am focused on everyone who has the disease.”

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