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On the Brain: Slicing mice, charting Alzheimer's
December 29th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

On the Brain: Slicing mice, charting Alzheimer's

Here's your last roundup of psychology and brain news of 2010:

Slicing the brain: A team of scientists is looking a mouse brains, sliver by sliver, to gain insights into how the mind works. The New York Times reports.

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Jared Fogle's 'weird light bulb moment'
December 29th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Jared Fogle's 'weird light bulb moment'

Jared Fogle, eater of Subway sandwiches and runner of the last New York marathon, became a pitchman for the chain after losing 240 pounds.

After regaining a little bit of weight in 2009, Fogle (above at right) decided in January to get healthy and run a marathon. He finished the race at 5 hours, 13 minutes and 28 seconds.

CNN spoke to him for a story about a defining weight-loss moment tied to New Year’s fitness goals.

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December 29th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Ask a dentist about jaw problems

Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University and an expert in the mind-body connection for health, responded to a reader question about antidepressants and jaw pain yesterday. He would like to add the following, based on a comment about the post:

To my readers,

Every once in awhile I get a response to one of my mental health answers that I feel deserves to be posted. Below is such a response pointing out that for the patient with depression, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems I failed to mention that a dental consult would also be indicated. I agree completely and appreciate Dr. Friedlander providing this excellent suggestion. Antidepressants can make people grind their teeth (i.e. bruxism) as a result of changes in brain neurotransmission. Bruxism, in turn, can lead to TMJ. Being a “grinder” myself, I know how valuable a night guard can be!
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First lady: Let’s work together to reverse childhood obesity
December 29th, 2010
09:06 AM ET

First lady: Let’s work together to reverse childhood obesity

Editor’s note: This week, The Chart is taking a closer look at the most important health stories of 2010. One was the growing problem of childhood obesity – something that first lady Michelle Obama is trying to fight with her “Let’s Move!” initiative.

By Michelle Obama
Special to CNN

Since my husband first took office, one of my primary missions - one that I care deeply about as both a first lady and a mom - has been to confront the challenge of childhood obesity so that all our children can lead healthy lives right from the beginning.

Today, one in three American children is either overweight or obese. Doctors are now starting to see conditions like hypertension and type 2 diabetes in children that they used to only see in adults –- conditions that cost our country billions of dollars a year to treat. And today, too many of our children are actually on track to lead shorter lives than their parents.

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2010 Year in Review: 'Let's Move!'
December 29th, 2010
09:05 AM ET

2010 Year in Review: 'Let's Move!'

Editor’s note: This week, The Chart is taking a closer look at the most important health stories of 2010. Each day, we'll feature buzzwords and topics that came to the forefront over the past year.

Simply called “Let’s Move!” the national initiative headed by first lady Michelle Obama is aimed at fighting childhood obesity.

The number of overweight children in the U.S. has tripled since 1970.  Seventeen percent of kids are now obese, increasing the rate of medical problems such as childhood diabetes and high blood pressure. Health experts warn that this could be the first generation that might not outlive its parents.

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2010 Year in Review: Haiti
December 29th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

2010 Year in Review: Haiti

Editor’s note: This week, The Chart is taking a closer look at the most important health stories of 2010. Each day, we'll feature buzzwords and topics that came to the forefront over the past year.

In just 30 seconds this year, an earthquake devastated the impoverished nation of Haiti.

The damage from January’s quake was widespread. One-third of the population was affected. The 7.0-magnitude quake took 230,000 lives, injured more than 300,000 and left 1.3 million homeless.

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