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3-D mammogram system approved
February 11th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

3-D mammogram system approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first 3-D mammography imaging system.

"3-D may find cancers that may hide in dense breast tissue on the standard 2-D images," said  Dr. Stamatia Destounis, spokesperson for RSNA, or Radiological Society of North America and a diagnostic radiologist at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care in New York.

In this type of screening,  images in many thin slices are combined or "stacked" to create a 3-D vision of the breast. The test  is similar to routine 2-D mammography with some compression and some additional radiation that is within the FDA guidelines, Destounis explained. FULL POST


February 11th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

This week's health quiz: Fertility, yogurt, prescriptions and more

Do you know the latest health risk diet soda has been linked to? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of that and other news, plus some health trivia questions. Good luck.

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Are energy-efficient bulbs making people crazy?
February 11th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Are energy-efficient bulbs making people crazy?

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.

Are energy-efficient bulbs making people crazy?

Nope. This is one of those Internet rumors that has a germ of basis in fact. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) do contain mercury, which can cause neurological damage, especially if you eat it. But you're not eating these light bulbs (I hope)!

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FitFriday: 'Skinny Can' Diet Pepsi angers eating disorder activists
February 11th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

FitFriday: 'Skinny Can' Diet Pepsi angers eating disorder activists

It's all about liquid diets this week.  A new Pepsi can is taking heat and a diet memoir by a pop star's boyfriend about losing 40 pounds while drinking every day is causing a stir. Has the dieting message gone too far?  Comment below.

Skinny can causes fat debate

Diet soda is getting a bad rap this week in health headlines.

But, there’s a different kind of controversy about the new Diet Pepsi, marketed in a slender, cylindrical can, which will make its debut at New York's Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week, which began Thursday

This venue is “rife with eating disorders” said the National Eating Disorders association in a press release. FULL POST


February 11th, 2011
02:18 PM ET

CNN triathlon '6-pack' ready to go

Dr. Scott Zahn had just returned from his first physical in nearly a decade. It hadn't been a good visit; he left with multiple prescriptions to treat his high blood pressure and high LDL levels. A pediatrician and father of four,  Zahn knew he had to change his lifestyle but his usual attempts at eating healthy and going to the gym seemed to sputter out after a few short weeks. It was then that he saw the ad on CNN.com to submit an iReport for the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.

Like the rest of the 2011 "6-pack," Zahn's journey to the Nautica New York City Triathlon began on a whim. Yet now he and his  teammates Stasia Cirricione, Kendrick Henley, Nina Lovel, Joaquin Brignoni, and Kas Seerla are on their way to racing their first ever triathlon on August 7, alongside CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The group met  for the first time at CNN's World Headquarters in Atlanta during the first weekend of February.

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February 11th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Kids' Zyrtec pulled until 2012

If your little one has allergies, pay attention: children's Zyrtec has been pulled from the shelves until 2012, according to our friends at Parenting.com.  It's because of production reasons, and not safety concerns.

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Oscar stars who've had strokes
February 11th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Oscar stars who've had strokes

Hollywood stars, they’re just like us – in that they're vulnerable to common ailments that plague the rest of Americans.

Researchers at the UCLA Stroke Center analyzed the frequency and impact of stroke among Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar nominees from 1927 through 2009.

Of the 409 actors and actresses, 7.3% suffered strokes and 9.5% had heart attacks. To little surprise, the health events affected the thespians’ appearances on TVs and movies for about a three-year period after the stroke. FULL POST


February 11th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

How healthy are decaf green tea and dried fruits?

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

Is decaffeinated green tea as healthy as regular green tea? Are plums as healthy as prunes? Are fresh cranberries as healthy as dried cranberries? The "buzz" in the media is that green tea, prunes and cranberries are all extremely healthy foods. But, what if the caffeinated green tea keeps you up all night and you're not a fan of dried fruits?

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