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Study: Average of 26 children hurt by cribs every day
February 16th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Study: Average of 26 children hurt by cribs every day

A baby's crib is often one of the few places where parents can place their child and feel OK leaving the baby unattended. It's the focal point of most nurseries, a must-have item on many baby registries. Yet an average of 26 children suffer a crib-related injury every day, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

"The most significant findings for me was the number of injuries," said Dr. Gary A. Smith, lead author of the study and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  "I didn't expect to see 9,500 children a year treated in emergency departments for crib-related injuries."

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CDC: Americans living in the South least active
February 16th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

CDC: Americans living in the South least active

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds people living in parts of Appalachia and the South don't spend enough time exercising.

The study found that in most counties in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee, at least 29% of adults reported having no physical activity beyond their jobs.  In some areas the number was as high as 43%.  In contrast, the CDC researchers found that people living on the West Coast and residents of Colorado, Minnesota and parts of the Northeast were more likely to be active in their leisure time.  A  U.S. map on the CDC website shows how active residents are by region.

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February 16th, 2011
03:41 PM ET

Can someone with type B aortic dissection travel?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

Question asked by Satish Desai of Dacula, Georgia:

Can someone with type B aortic dissection travel?

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So you want to do a triathlon. Here's how to get started, step by step
February 16th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

So you want to do a triathlon. Here's how to get started, step by step

Want to train for your first triathlon like CNN’s 6-pack, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s some advice from CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge Athletic Director, Laura Cozik on how to get started.

It’s soooo easy!!

Step 1 – Once you are cleared by your doctor to begin a swim/bike/run regimen of training, sign up for a race. Puts the pressure on!

Step 2 – Find some local tri clubs, running groups, cycling groups, swim teams, etc. Triathlon training is more fun with a group, plus you’ll be held accountable and you’ll meet other athletes training for their first race as well. Since these workouts are normally coached, you’ll have the guidance of an athletic professional to evaluate you, prevent you from training too much, ensure that you’re training enough, keep you injury free, and push you on days when you need it.

Step 3 – Insert these workouts into a weekly schedule you can adhere to. Then print out the schedule and hang it somewhere highly visible.

Step 4 – Figure out ways to make this FUN! Enlist friends and family to join you (triathlon caters to all ages). Pick local training races that are fun such as a St. Patrick’s Day 5k where everyone wears green, a swimming race whose course circles the Statue of Liberty, a bike ride that raises money for kids.

Step 5 – Show up! It’s that simple…just show up. A field cannot be plowed by turning it over in your mind, so get out there.

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