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Lungs singing, breathing, and more at TEDMED
October 27th, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Lungs singing, breathing, and more at TEDMED

SAN DIEGO, California – TEDMED 2010 has had only three full sessions so far, and already new ideas about everything from organ transplantation to cooking to education have taken the stage in innovative ways.

Soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick, whom CNN wrote about earlier this year, captivated the audience with her operatic voice and the story of how she persevered with her passion  despite needing a double-lung transplant.

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October 27th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Whooping cough continues to climb in California

California is in the middle of the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 60 years.  According to the state health department, there are now 6,257 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the disease. Ten people have died.

"Unfortunately and tragically we have had 10 deaths, all in infants under 2 years of age," said Dr. Kathleen Harriman, California Department of Public Health. Nine of the 10 infants were Hispanic and several had family members with "cough illness," according to Harriman.

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October 27th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Cholera cases rising around the world

Haiti's department of public health has recorded 4,147 confirmed cases and 292 deaths from cholera since the outbreak was reported last week, officials from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced Wednesday. The PAHO is watching the spread of the disease closely, for fear that cholera could cross the border into the Dominican Republic.

On Tuesday, the United Nations reported Nigeria's worst outbreak in recent years, with more than 1,500 dead.

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October 27th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Lung cancer treatment shows promise

A new drug is showing remarkable promise in treating lung cancer patients who have a rare genetic mutation. The drug, crizotinib, stabilized or improved the disease in 90 percent of patients in an early stage clinical trial, according to study results released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

"Some of our patients will notice improvement of their symptoms within a few days or a week," said Dr. Alice Shaw, one of the drug's lead investigators. “These responses are dramatic.”

The drug targets a genetic mutation found in 3 to 4 percent of non-small cell lung cancer patients, typically non-smokers. The mutation, called anaplastic lymphoma kinase or ALK, triggers cancer cells to grow. Crizotinib, developed by the drug company Pfizer, inhibits the mutation and essentially shuts down new cancer cell growth. FULL POST


October 27th, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Is my chest pain related to heart disease?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesday, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, a chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.

Question asked by Kent Curran of Lehigh Acres, Florida

I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy about four years ago. Recently I noticed that when I am lying down flat on my back I experience chest pain/tightness and difficulty breathing. Is this related to my heart disease?

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October 27th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

How to get Zen at your desk

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

Tibetan monks meditate five to six hours a day.  Since you might not be able to carve out that much time, Dr. Charles Raison, CNN's mental health doctor and a psychiatrist, shows how to meditate at your desk.  All you need is a chair and five minutes.

Meditation: Focus on now

Studies suggest the more you meditate, the more benefits you get - slowing down the frenetic pace of life and feeling less stressed, Raison said.

Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can


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