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Risks of NSAIDs backed in new study
January 11th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Risks of NSAIDs backed in new study

Now there's even more reason to talk to your doctor about what kinds of painkillers you're taking.

Supporting previous research on the subject, a large meta-analysis of 31 studies has found significant risks of cardiovascular events in people who take prescription-strength nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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January 11th, 2011
06:20 PM ET

Human Factor: Faith, miracles and a new reach

In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have 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.

My name is Darline Bertil. I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Port-au Prince, the capital of Haiti, which was the epicenter of the earthquake. Before this devastating earthquake, my life was quite normal. I attended school, church and lived a productive life.

On the afternoon of January 12, 2010, I was at work when at 4 p.m. I felt the ground start to shake. My coworkers and I were startled and wondered what was going on. We decided to check our surroundings and saw that the counters of the bar were blocking us in. The building had collapsed in less than 30 seconds. We had no outside contact and ended up trapped there for days.

We prayed for deliverance and felt hopeless, asking God for forgiveness. We  feared that it was the end of the world. During this time I was also trapped by the concrete, and I could not feel my arms. Later I was told that when I was rescued I was unconscious.

The day I was rescued by several American soldiers, they took me on a medical boat called the “USNS Comfort.” I never thought I would see another day.

What I want people to know is that with God all things are possible and to believe in miracles. Without faith and courage I would have not survived.

I lost my arms in this tragedy and now face my biggest challenge, which is to adjust to life with no upper limbs, and a limp on my right leg.

The hardest moments for me were the realization that I had lost both my arms. In life there are circumstances that we face that we cannot change. My country as in many has flaws but one thing I would advocate for is equality for the disabled.

 If you don’t take anything else from my story please know that life is precious. What we take for granted can be gone in a matter of seconds, cherish the people in your life and live life to the fullest. Tomorrow's not promised!!

Human Factor appears on "SGMD," 7:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday

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Teen optimism beats back health risks
January 11th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Teen optimism beats back health risks

Older children who have an optimistic viewpoint are less likely to suffer health risks including emotional problems, substance abuse and antisocial behaviors, according to new research from Australia.

Optimism was especially protective against depression, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics.

Previous research has linked optimism to success in education, career and politics, the study explains, adding that optimism in later life has been tied to good health and lower rates of death, depression, and heart disease. The authors found that there is "such an association with healthy lifestyle to begin early in life, the cumulative effects might be profound.”

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January 11th, 2011
02:58 PM ET

Do I have major depression?

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.

Question asked by Belle of Dallas, Texas:

Hi, I am a teen in high school and I was wondering whether or not I should talk to my doctor, again, about taking medicine for depression. I have been so depressed for roughly two years, however it has progressively gotten worse. I have done some research and I have almost all the symptoms of depression.
I have told many trusted adults including my own parents, my doctor, and my siblings, however all of them just say it's just a phase I'm passing through. Truly though, I know what I'm feeling and doing is not normal; my grades are dropping, I have gained weight, I have withdrawn from society, I am always tired, my period is late, I never feel happy, some days, I sleep way too much, and I wake up angry, sad, or crying.

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Get Some Sleep: Is restless legs syndrome real?
January 11th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Get Some Sleep: Is restless legs syndrome real?

One question that I am often asked is whether restless legs syndrome is a disorder made up by the pharmaceutical companies.  I can see why people might think that;  few people, including doctors, had heard of  it 20 years ago,  but media reports and ads for medications have put the term into common use.

But as someone who has treated hundreds of patients with this disorder, I can attest to its existence as well as its ability to seriously affect patients’ quality of life.

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Abortion rate stalls after decade-long decline
January 11th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Abortion rate stalls after decade-long decline

The steady decline in the number of abortions performed annually in the United States has plateaued, new data from the Guttmacher Institute suggest.

In its fifteenth survey of abortion providers since 1973, the institute found  a 0.5 percent increase in the number of abortions performed in 2005 versus 2008. The data essentially end the downward trend in abortion incidence that had been observed since 1990.

"[The data] suggest we're not doing enough to help women avoid unintended pregnancies," says Rachel K. Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute who wrote the report.

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