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November 3rd, 2010
04:19 PM ET

Starlet's death spurs interest in bone marrow donation

The death of a young star of the Broadway's "The Lion King" has drawn attention to the lack of bone marrow donors, especially for minorities.

The news that Shannon Tavarez,11, had passed away, prompted  some CNN.com readers to pledge to sign up to donate.

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Dengue hit Irons' surfing tour
November 3rd, 2010
03:58 PM ET

Dengue hit Irons' surfing tour

At least five people at the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour contracted dengue fever, including surf legend Andy Irons, who died Tuesday, The Australian reports.

Irons' death is being investigated as a possible overdose of methadone, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. His family told the paper in Puerto Rico, where the first round of the tour was, that he was suffering dengue fever. Here's a tribute from The Outside Blog.

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November 3rd, 2010
01:12 PM ET

What are the health risks of asbestos?

Asbestos-related health concerns forced the closure Tuesday of  New York's Madison Square Garden and the postponement of a  Knicks' game.  During overnight maintenance at Madison Square that included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic, "some debris fell into the arena," according to a statement released by the team.

Microscopic asbestos  fibers can embed in lung tissue and  can cause serious lung diseases and respiratory problems. FULL POST


November 3rd, 2010
12:35 PM ET

Star to perform in NYC Marathon ‘Cabaret’

Actor Peter Sarsgaard, best known for his roles in "Jarhead" and "Boys Don't Cry," also happens to be an incredibly strong runner.

That's according to Chris McDougall, the author of best-selling book, "Born to Run" which chronicles a culture of shoeless ultra-distance runners and the science that argues for ditching those Nikes. The book brought ultra-running (any distance longer than a marathon) into the mainstream and kickstarted the minimal shoe movement.

On November 5, Sarsgaard, McDougall, opera singer Brandon Wood and a cast of characters from the book including a barefooting Harvard biologist will stage "Reinventing Running: The Cabaret." The show will be a prelude to the November 7 ING New York City Marathon , one of the biggest road races in the world. Each performer gets 15 minutes to entertain.

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November 3rd, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Extra clothes, blankets can increase SIDS risk

As the temperature drops, parents tend to layer their sleeping infants in extra clothing and blankets to keep them warm. But the National Institutes of Health reminds us that this practice, referred to as "overbundling," can lead to overheating and increase the risk for sudden infant death syndrome.

"Babies haven't developed all the physiological mechanisms that adults have and they're exchanging heat primarily through their bodies and their heads. If you prevent that from happening, they will overheat," said Marian Willinger, Ph.D., special assistant for SIDS research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) "There's something about a baby getting too hot and not being able to regulate its temperature that increases the risk of SIDS."

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November 3rd, 2010
08:32 AM ET

What is chronic pancreatitis?

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 Carolyne of Massachusetts:

Could you give me a brief outline of chronic pancreatitis? My husband has recently been diagnosed with this, yet the doctors tell us all the time it will get better when in fact it is getting worse. Thank you.

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