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October 11th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Women with epilepsy may have a harder time conceiving

A study in the journal Neurology finds women with epilepsy may have a harder time conceiving than women without the disorder.  Epilepsy results from the generation of electrical signals inside the brain, causing recurring seizures.

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October 11th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

First human injected in human embryonic stem cell trial

After years of animal trials, the first human has been injected with cells from human embryonic stem cells, according to Geron Corporation, the company which is sponsoring the controversial study.

"This is the first human embryonic stem cell trial in the world," Geron CEO Dr. Thomas Okarma tells CNN.

Geron is releasing very few details about the patient, but will say that the first person to receive cells derived from human embryonic stem cells was enrolled in the FDA-approved clinical trial at the Shepherd Center, a spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  This person was injected with the cells on Friday.

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October 11th, 2010
03:01 PM ET

Light exposure may cause weight gain

Exposure to light at night may cause weight gain without a change in activity levels or increased eating, according to new research in mice. The study was published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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October 11th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Ascent could bring health risks to miners

Work to rescue 33 miners from a copper mine 2,200 feet below Chile's Atacama Desert is about to take a dramatic turn.

The first miners could be pulled from the mine as early as Tuesday evening.  Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich says they are in good spirits and, overall, in very good health. However, some of the men have shown signs of anxiety and some have had minor cardiac issues, Manalich added.

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October 11th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

TV, computer time hurt emotional well-being even for active kids

Children who spent a lot of time in front of a TV or computer monitor had a higher rate of psychological difficulties than kids who weren't in front of these devices, even if they were physically active too, researchers from the United Kingdom report  in the journal Pediatrics.

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Breast cancer: Diagnosis
October 11th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Breast cancer: Diagnosis

For the next five days, Amanda Enayati will share the milestones of a life-altering journey that began the day she learned she had late-stage breast cancer more than three years ago.

I had felt something in my breast for more than a year before I decided to get it checked out. I never in a million years imagined it was cancer. I had been either pregnant or nursing continuously for almost four years straight. I thought what I was feeling was a clogged milk duct.

I have no family history of breast cancer.
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October 11th, 2010
09:25 AM ET

If I didn't finish HPV vaccine, do I have to start over?

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

Question asked by Laura of Wyoming:

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October 11th, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Newborn jaundice may signal increased autism risk

Full-term babies who develop jaundice have a 67 percent higher risk of developing autism, Danish researchers say,  a finding that contradicts a similar study published five years ago.

According to the  study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, being born between October and March and not being the mother's first child further increases the risk for autism for children who develop jaundice.

"This paper does not say that jaundice causes autism," cautions Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a neurologist at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, who was not involved with the study.  He points to a 2005 Kaiser Permanente study conducted in Northern California, which also looked at a jaundice-autism link and concluded high bilirubin levels in newborns is not a risk factor for autism.

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