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October 4th, 2010
06:27 PM ET

Health info online: The stakes are higher

Today  guest blogger  Mary Ann Belliveau, Google's health industry director, shares new findings and insights on how consumers find and use health information on the web.

Just about everything is online these days and so, for users to be looking for health information on the web is almost a given.  But working 15 years in health care and nearly nine on this topic for Google, I’ve learned that “health” isn’t just another category of information.

It’s different, and for the same reasons online as it is off: It is extremely sensitive, personal, and the stakes in its applications couldn’t be higher.

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October 4th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

Woman's gallbladder removed through birth canal

Surgeons at Ohio State University have removed a woman's gallbladder through her birth canal, becoming one of the first in the country to do this kind of groundbreaking surgery. The 42-year old woman was part of a clinical trial comparing laparascopic and transvaginal surgery. The surgery took less than 90 minutes and the patient was released within a few hours. Laparoscopic surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure, unlike transvaginal surgery where an incision is made inside the vagina.

"In the past we would make about a six-inch cut into a patient's abdomen to remove their gallbladder. This was not only more painful, but took longer to heal and carried higher risk for infections," said Dr. Vimal Narula, the Ohio State surgeon who did the procedure. "Because we're working in the birth canal, which as good blood supply, things heal faster, leading to less overall pain and less post-operative discomfort."

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October 4th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Clues found to early Parkinson's deaths

A study published Monday found that  Parkinson’s disease patients who scored worst on movement tests and those suffering from dementia or psychotic episodes such as hallucinations all faced a higher risk of dying earlier from the disease.

Tremors by themselves were not a risk factor, and neither anti-psychotic nor anti-Parkinson’s drug treatments affected survival, research published in the current issue of the  journal Neurology concluded.

The 12-year Norwegian study looked at 230 Parkinson’s patients, 211 of whom had died by the end of the research.

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October 4th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Sleep more, lose weight, says study

Are you trying your best to eat right and exercise, but still not losing weight? One study suggests that lack of sleep could throw off a diet.

Research from the University of Chicago showed that dieters who slept for 8.5 hours lost 55 percent more body fat than dieters who slept 5.5 hours.

"Lack of sufficient sleep may compromise the efficacy of typical dietary interventions for weight loss and related metabolic risk reduction,” the study authors concluded in an article released Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians.

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October 4th, 2010
04:35 PM ET

Fat grows differently in different body areas

Researchers have found that fat in different parts of the body grows differently, and despite the prevailing belief that the number of fat cells in the body remains constant in adults, the study finds that the number of fat cells in the lower body actually increases in number with weight gain, while weight gain in the abdomen causes fat cells to grow in size.

The findings represent "a breakthrough" in understanding how our bodies produce fat, according to lead study author Dr. Michael D. Jensen of the Mayo Clinic Endocrine Research Unit.

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October 4th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

What can I do to help my stuttering daughter?

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

Question asked by Karina of Doraville, Georgia:

My 4-year-old daughter has been stuttering at the beginning of her sentences for the past month. It doesn't seem to bother her and she has a good vocabulary and talks in full sentences. I stuttered too when I was her age but it went away. What can I do to help her?

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