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Siblings of kids with autism have language delays
October 8th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Siblings of kids with autism have language delays

In families in which a child has autism, his or her siblings are more likely to have language delays or speech problems, a new study finds.

The study, to be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests that these siblings have mild symptoms of autism, and that the same genes that contribute to one sibling's full-blown autism may be at fault.

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October 8th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Study: No link between gene and heart problems

The more scientists find out about the intricacies of the human genome, the closer they get to a tantalizing prospect: personalized medicine.  It is the idea that one day our DNA will tell us which diseases pose the greatest risk to us and how to tailor therapies to curb that risk.

Earlier this year, a genetic variant called KIF6 seemed to be a step in the direction of personalized medicine for people at risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), a build-up of plaque in arteries that causes them to narrow.  Studies suggested that carriers of the gene were at increased risk for CAD.

As it turns out, they may not be.

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Who's better at sweating: Men or women?
October 8th, 2010
04:16 PM ET

Who's better at sweating: Men or women?

The idea that women's "glow" is somehow different from men's "sweat" has new support: A Japanese study finds that women have to work harder than men while exercising in order to start sweating.

Moreover, men are more efficient at sweating, say scientists at Osaka International University and Kobe University in Japan.

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Weight loss drug pulled from market
October 8th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Weight loss drug pulled from market

Abbott Laboratories has agreed to take its obesity drug Meridia (sibutramine) off the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

The company voluntarily withdrew the drug because clinical trial studies showed there was an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in people who used the drug.

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October 8th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Mammograms: One doctor, her patients, herself

Monday:  Our journal club at the hospital reviewed the recent Norwegian trial showing limited benefits of mammograms.

Tuesday: I had my appointment for my own mammogram.

Wednesday: Veneta Masson’s article titled “Why I Don’t Get Mammograms” appeared in Health Affairs magazine.

There’s been a lot to think about in the realm of mammograms lately. As a primary care internist, I have to counsel patients on a daily basis about this screening test. As a faculty member of a medical school, I have to analyze the scientific data with my students. As a patient, I have to decide about my own medical care.

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October 8th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Thrill seekers vs. comfort creatures: Sexual compatibility

I have a confession: I may be a sex therapist, but my own sex life is pretty ordinary. Don’t get me wrong—my relationship with my wife is amazing. But if you think my line of work automatically means that we like to visit swingers' clubs or have mirrors on the ceiling of our bedroom, think again. Sexually speaking, my wife and I are both “comfort creatures,” and that suits us just fine.

We’re not alone. In my experience, there are two types of people when it comes to sex: comfort creatures and thrill seekers. The former tend to prefer to keep sex within the comfort of their own homes, with one partner, sticking to a few tried and true positions and routines. And as the name suggests, thrill seekers are just the opposite. They want new positions and toys, different partners or locations, and more sex. In general, a couple made up of two comfort creatures or two thrill seekers has it easy:  They’re on the same page, sexually.

But what happens when a comfort creature falls for a thrill seeker, or vice versa?

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October 8th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Confused by new health insurance options?

Employers across the nation are working to understand health care reform and its impact on their businesses.

Business owners in Los Angeles tell CNN's Jim Roope that the federal government has not done a very good job of reaching out to businesses to help them be in compliance.

“The first word I think of is uncertainty,” said Michael Cusumano, managing director of Cusumano Real Estate Group. “On a daily basis we’re worried about how to make payroll and how to survive in this economy."

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