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Food safety bill 'not perfect' but historic
November 30th, 2010
05:46 PM ET

Food safety bill 'not perfect' but historic

Let's face it:  If it is grown on a field, it will occasionally be tainted. If human hands are involved with processing food, it will occasionally be contaminated. No food safety legislation can change that.

"It's not reasonable to assume we're going to eliminate everything," said Sandra Eskin, director of the Food Safety Campaign at Pew Charitable Trusts. "That is because of any number of things. Produce, for example, grows in dirt and is open to the elements."

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Labels, dosing devices on kids' meds called confusing
November 30th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Labels, dosing devices on kids' meds called confusing

Confusing label instructions can make it difficult for parents to give a sick child the right dose of liquid over-the-counter medicines,  according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that about half of adults make mistakes when giving children medications, and complicated labeling may be contributing to the problem.

Researchers looked at 200 top-selling liquid pediatric over-the-counter medications sold in the United States including pain relievers, cough and cold products, and allergy and gastrointestinal medicines. About a quarter of the products did not include a measuring device such as a cup, dropper or oral syringe, and of those that did, 99 percent had some sort of mismatch between the written dosing directions on the bottle or label and the dosing markings on the measuring device, according to the study.

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November 30th, 2010
02:37 PM ET

Is my 10-year-old hearing voices serious?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

My son is 10 and while he was home sick with a sinus/cold, he came out of the bathroom and looked very scared and sad. Later he told me he feels like a voice is telling him to take a knife and stab himself. He told me he would never do it because he is strong enough to overcome it. The only medication I gave him today was Sudafed PE and Advil - two each. He is a sweet, intelligent, funny child. Can this be serious? FULL POST


Get Some Sleep: Are you a night owl? Here's why
November 30th, 2010
01:41 PM ET

Get Some Sleep: Are you a night owl? Here's why

I hear the floorboards creak, the toilet flush, first one shoe drop to the floor, then the other.  My husband pulls back the covers and climbs into bed, disturbing the dog, who now spins around rattling her tags looking for a new, cozy den.  I groan and turn over to look at the clock:  3 a.m., an early night for him.  You see, my husband is what many people call a "night owl," but really he suffers from a circadian rhythm sleep disorder called delayed sleep phase disorder.

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Lifelong fruits and vegetables benefit hearts
November 30th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Lifelong fruits and vegetables benefit hearts

Children whose diets include lots of fruits and vegetables lower their risk for heart problems when they become young adults, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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November 30th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

CDC: HIV testing on the rise

A record  number of adults were tested for HIV for the first time in 2009. Almost 83 million Americans, ages 18 to 64, reported being screened for HIV last year, an increase of more than 11 million people from 2006. The data are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's December Vital Signs report.

Yet despite these numbers, 55 percent of all adults have never been tested for HIV. Worse, 28 percent of the population at high risk for HIV have never been tested for it. The CDC says one of every five adults living with HIV does not know that he or she is infected with the disease and could be infecting others.

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November 30th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Human Factor: We can all make a difference for kids with AIDS

In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to a survivor who has overcome tremendous odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Be inspired by their successes, as we have been.

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has always been a part of my life. As a little kid I watched my mom and her two best friends work hard to get things up and running. Now I speak at various foundation events and do what I can to raise awareness of the issues.

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November 30th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Drugs common in fatal car crashes

A first-ever drug analysis of drivers killed in car crashes found one in three tested positive for drugs in 2009, the Office of National Drug Control Policy reported Tuesday.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Policy, said the percentage was alarming and should serve as a wakeup call.

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Belly fat may weaken bones
November 30th, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Belly fat may weaken bones

One of the few possible advantages of  carrying extra weight is being shot down

In the past, doctors had suggested that excess body fat, which is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and many other bodily harms, may protect against the bone disease osteoporosis.

But now, a study finds that even this may be misleading. In fact, deep belly fat may contribute to osteoporosis, say scientists whose research will be presented at the Radiological Society of North America.

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November 29th, 2010
04:19 PM ET

Eating disorders increasing for children and teens

Eating disorders are on the rise among children and teens, according to a report published in Pediatrics Monday. Disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are increasing in male children and minorities, and also are occurring in countries where such cases have not been seen, according to the report.

Lead author, Dr. David Rosen noted that eating disorders also are beginning younger meaning below the age of 12.

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