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Health news recap and what’s unfolding now
October 26th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

Health news recap and what’s unfolding now

From cholera sickening thousands in Haiti to American college students buzzing from a concoction of caffeine and alcohol, here are the some of the biggest health news unfolding this week.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti and Nigeria

Officials are trying to contain a cholera outbreak that already has killed 259 people and sickened 3,000 as the disease spreads through the earthquake-ravaged nation where tens of thousands of people are still living in tent cities.  And the disease is also spreading in Nigeria Cholera can be deadly within hours.

People are sending in iReports on the cholera outbreak.  If you're there, we want to hear from you.  FULL POST


Severe sepsis can lead to memory problems
October 26th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Severe sepsis can lead to memory problems

Advances in intensive care medicine are helping older Americans survive severe sepsis, an overwhelming infection, but according to new research these survivors are often left with major memory problems and physical limitations for years after their infection.

Researchers presenting their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even older adults who were functioning independently before sepsis often came home from the hospital needing full time care because they now had pre-dementia.

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Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can
October 26th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can

This week The Chart and CNN's Belief blog take a closer look at meditation, its varied forms and its physical and emotional benefits.

Can people strengthen the brain circuits associated with happiness and positive behavior,  just as we’re able to strengthen muscles with exercise?

Richard Davidson, who for decades has practiced Buddhist-style meditation – a form of mental exercise, he says – insists that we can.

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October 26th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

Is it normal to have anger issues after going on and off pain meds?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesday, it's Dr. Charles Raison, a psychiatrist.

Question asked by Cookie of Texas

My husband had major surgery and while on pain meds in the hospital he started developing anger issues. They lowered his pain meds saying this was a side effect for some people. He is out of the hospital and no longer on any meds but he still seems to be unreasonable and angry much more than is typical for him. Is this normal? Is it due to the drugs? I feel like he has become someone other than the man I married. FULL POST


Gupta: Chemicals around us – we must know more
October 26th, 2010
06:33 AM ET

Gupta: Chemicals around us – we must know more

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

This morning, I will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. When I received the call to do this, truthfully, I was a little nervous. The topic is “Risks of toxic chemicals to children’s health,” something I have been interested in for a long time, and moreso after having three kids of my own. In fact, for the last year, I investigated the interplay between toxic chemicals and human health for a pair of documentaries on CNN.

I learned more than a series of text books could’ve taught me. I spent time with citizens in Mossville, Louisiana, arguably one of the most toxic cities in America. For countless hours, I spoke to government officials and private sector expert scientists both on and off camera. And, I looked carefully at the research about the toxics we live with everyday. The most eye-opening part was how much we don’t know.

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