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January 21st, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Mastectomy for a preschooler

Aleisha Hunter is not your average 4-year-old. In fact, she's the youngest breast cancer survivor in Canada.

Not exactly the news her mother Melanie was expecting when she noticed a small lump in her daughter's breast while bathing her when she was 2.  Finally after trying to figure out what was causing Aleisha so much pain, at the age of 3, doctors diagnosed  juvenile breast carcinoma, a very rare form of  cancer.

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Surgeon: How to give your knees some TLC
January 21st, 2011
06:29 PM ET

Surgeon: How to give your knees some TLC

Watch as Dr. Shervin Oskouei performs knee replacement surgery on a special edition of "SGMD," Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. ET

Knees help us stand, sit, walk, dance, kick a field goal and escape a predator. They bend, bounce, straighten and lift. Is it any wonder that at some point in life, knees may just wear out?

But, there are a few things you can do in order to keep your knees in the best possible working condition throughout life.

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What the Yuck: Should I start Botox in my 20s?
January 21st, 2011
06:12 PM ET

What the Yuck: Should I start Botox in my 20s?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: I heard that lots of Hollywood stars start Botox in their 20s to prevent wrinkles. Does that approach really work?

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as having said, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." I'd like to make an addition to that: wrinkles.
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Flu and You: FDA, CDC examining fever-related seizures after flu shots
January 21st, 2011
06:04 PM ET

Flu and You: FDA, CDC examining fever-related seizures after flu shots

From January 9 to 15, flu activity decreased and two flu-related deaths were reported in children.

The flu news this week is that the FDA and CDC are investigating an increase in reports of fever-related seizures following a child flu vaccination.

Fluzone is the only flu vaccine recommended for use for this season for infants and children 6 to 23 months old. An FDA press release warns that the data are preliminary and that the agency is  investigating whether there is an association between influenza vaccination and febrile seizures. FULL POST


FitFriday: Faux blueberries deceive, a history of weight loss and cold recess weather
January 21st, 2011
02:05 PM ET

FitFriday: Faux blueberries deceive, a history of weight loss and cold recess weather

Blueberries- they're full of antioxidants and vitamins - unless they're not real.   And here's more about why weight loss isn't as modern as you might think and when even Minnesota kids think it's too cold to play outside.

Fraudulent fruit

Ever wondered about those round, rock-hard dehydrated blueberries in your cereal?  Well, they’re probably not real, says the Consumer Wellness Center.

Those are a mix of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors, and food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40, masquerading as blueberries.  The episode can be viewed here. FULL POST


Air filters linked to improved cardiovascular health
January 21st, 2011
01:05 PM ET

Air filters linked to improved cardiovascular health

Using a simple air filter could help prevent cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death in the United States, suggests a study published Friday in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

When researchers from Canada placed high efficiency particle air (HEPA) filters in homes, the improved air quality also improved the health of the participants’ blood vessels.

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January 21st, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Soledad O'Brien: ACL is doing fine, thanks

Watch as CNN's Soledad O'Brien  undergoes surgery to repair her torn knee ligments, as Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains  this and other types of knee surgery on a special edition of "SGMD," Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. ET

I’m limping today—that’s typical I am discovering, on the days when it’s cloudy and dreary. My knee swells and all the progress I think I’ve been making since my knee surgery back on October 22 seems to evaporate. I hobble up and down stairs like an old lady.

For the most part, though, my surgery has been an unqualified success. I have five scars that run across my knee. One of them is a tiny incision where the doctors put a camera in so that I could view the damage to my mangled ligaments: a completely torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and damaged MCL and LCL as well (As you can see, I’ve become a bit of an expert in knee acronyms). My meniscus (knee cartilage) also has a major tear in it, and is now held together with two stitches.

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January 21st, 2011
11:08 AM ET

How can I exercise safely in winter when I have a cold?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Question asked by KM of Grandview, Washington:

Like everyone else, I am intent on losing weight in the new year. I am in my mid-20s, very overweight, and trying to change back to the healthy lifestyle I used to have. My specific concern is about walking in the cold, with a cold.

I really love walking, so I'm making it a major component of my workout plan (along with weight lifting, and healthier eating), but I am on the tail end of a cold right now, and when I come inside from a walk, my cough is much worse and sometimes my ears hurt. I love walking in the cold (the weather is in the teens and 20s) and don't want to give it up, but I also don't want to make myself sicker. I know I could use a treadmill, but the truth is that I hate them and I get bored no matter what I do. I'll almost certainly get another cold this season, so what do I need to do to keep myself healthy outside in the winter?

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