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Fit Friday: The cereal key to weight loss
February 18th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Fit Friday: The cereal key to weight loss

Losing weight is hard, especially if you don't pay attention to calories.  But for some, it's as simple as dropping the Gatorade and 1,800-calorie sugar bombs.

The secret behind Yankee pitcher’s weight loss?

Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia said he lost 25 pounds in the off season as he reported to spring training camp this week.

Was his workout a result of some mad muscle workout, protein shakes or intense athletic training? FULL POST


February 18th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

2 more countries eliminate Guinea worm

A debilitating disease that has plagued mankind since ancient times lingers only in three countries now.  If completely eradicated, the Guinea worm disease would become only the second disease wiped out by mankind.

The Guinea worm lives in stagnant water.  When the villagers drink the contaminated water, the worm grows inside its human host for a year until it emerges through the skin, causing great pain.  It is not lethal, but paralyzing for many.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center have led public health efforts tackling neglected diseases most Americans have never heard of.  On Thursday, Carter congratulated Niger and Nigeria for becoming the most recent countries to eliminate the Guinea worm.

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Flu and You: Too late for flu shot?
February 18th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

Flu and You: Too late for flu shot?

As winter begins to thaw, you might think that you no longer have to worry about colds and flu.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that flu season peaks in January or February, and can last late into May. And the agency has issued a public service announcement to remind us that  it's not too late to vaccinate.

The level of flu during the week of between February 6 through 12 “remained elevated,” reported the CDC. FULL POST


For untreatable OCD, a deep-brain solution
February 18th, 2011
05:16 PM ET

For untreatable OCD, a deep-brain solution

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be a severely disabling illness. People with this condition tend to have troubling, unwanted thoughts and engage in compulsive behaviors to try to neutralize those feelings.

About 2.2 million Americans over age 18 have it, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. But in some cases, no medical or behavioral therapy intervention works, and patients' lives become entirely consumed with anxiety and obsessive rituals.

A more radical solution for those who don't improve with conventional methods is gaining support. It's called deep brain stimulation, and it involves implanting an electrode deep into the brain to deliver an electrical current directly in the circuitry scientists believe is involved in the disorder.

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What the Yuck: With history of boys, odds for a girl?
February 18th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

What the Yuck: With history of boys, odds for a girl?

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: My husband is one of five boys. His father is one of six boys. Do we have even a chance of having a little girl?

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February 18th, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Human Factor: Back on track

In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have overcome tremendous odds.  This week, Brian Vickers.


Filed under: Human Factor

February 18th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

What is migraine with aura?

KCBS reporter Serene Branson suffered a migraine with aura when she started to garble her words while covering the Grammy Awards Sunday night.

Aura may sound magical, but it’s far from it.

Migraines with auras can cause a variety of sensations.  This could include visual disturbances such as flashes of light, zigzagging patterns or even blind spots.  It could make the person feel numb or feel tingles in parts of the body.  As it did in Branson’s case, it could include speech problems and confusion. FULL POST


February 18th, 2011
02:31 PM ET

Will jogging hurt an obese person's joints?

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

Asked by John Simmet, St. Paul, Minnesota

I am male, 55, 6 feet 5, 300 pounds. I am in good health (other than weight), active in biking and weight training but am interested in jogging. Am I too large to train for a 10K? Would that be detrimental to my joints? FULL POST


February 18th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

2 languages make your brain buff
February 18th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

2 languages make your brain buff

If you had any doubts about exposing your child - or yourself - to a foreign language, there's more evidence than ever that being bilingual has enormous benefits for your brain.

Scientists presented their research supporting this idea Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science  annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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