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Lung cancer rates in women fall for first time in decade
March 31st, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Lung cancer rates in women fall for first time in decade

For the first time in more than a decade, lung cancer death rates in women have dropped significantly according to a new report released Thursday by the National Cancer Institute.

Each year NCI–a division of the National Institutes of Health, The American Cancer Society, The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases a report on the status of cancer in the United States.

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FDA advisers want more study of food dye-ADHD link
March 31st, 2011
04:09 PM ET

FDA advisers want more study of food dye-ADHD link

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee decided Thursday there is insufficient evidence to support a link between artificial dyes in foods and children with ADHD.  The committee will make no recommendation to ban or regulate dye additives found in food products. But the committee did stress that there seems to be a trend with artificial dyes and side effects in children and that more research is needed.

Over the past two days the committee has heard testimony on dyes and how they cause some children to show signs of hyperactivity.  The question before the committee: Is there enough evidence to connect artificial dyes and hyperactivity and, if so, should it recommend that the FDA strengthen its regulations on these ingredients?  The committee's response seems to be  "Not now."

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Experts: Little known about LGBT health
March 31st, 2011
03:43 PM ET

Experts: Little known about LGBT health

Little is known about health issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine .  The non-profit organization says if federally funded surveys collect sexual orientation and gender identity data routinely,  much as race and ethnicity data is collected, it will help identify and further the understanding of health problems affecting LGBT people.

The report was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, who asked the IOM to assess what is known about LGBT health and determine where the gaps are in research, so that the NIH can begin to focus research on these populations.

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Spring clean your bedroom into a love nest
March 31st, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Spring clean your bedroom into a love nest

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

Spring is in the air - and so is sex! Forget the romance of Valentine’s Day, the sizzling summer months of July and August, even the nostalgia of your anniversary –- they’ve got nothing on spring, when all creatures great and small have one thing on the brain: nookie.

But though the temps may be warmer and the flowers may be in bloom, most of us are still actually having sex indoors. In fact, according to a new sex survey from TheNest.com, more than 93% of couples have sex in the bedroom, followed by a distant 8% in the living room, 7% in the shower/bathroom, and 1% in the kitchen.

While some might see this as a good reason to start spreading the loving beyond the bedroom, I think just the opposite: If the bedroom is the place where you’re having all of your sex, then make it as sexy as possible.

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March 30th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Does radiation from dental X-rays cause thyroid cancer?

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.

Asked by Cate, Kennesaw, Georgia

I have heard that there is an increase in the number of people getting thyroid cancer. Is this true and is radiation from dental X-rays a cause for the increase?

Expert answer:

Dear Cate,

The thyroid is a gland in the neck below and in front of the throat. It secretes hormones that control metabolism. People with low thyroid function gain weight and are lethargic. Those with an overactive thyroid have weight loss and can experience nervousness and other problems.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 44,670 new cases of thyroid cancer occurred in 2010 (33,930 in women, and 10,740 in men). Thyroid cancer caused about 1,690 deaths (960 women and 730 men). Thyroid cancer is different from many other adult cancers in that it is commonly diagnosed in younger people. Nearly two of three cases are found in people between the ages of 20 and 55.

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Triathlon challenge: If I can do this, you can
March 30th, 2011
05:03 PM ET

Triathlon challenge: If I can do this, you can

Linda Fisher-Lewis was a competitor in the 2010 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.  She is in training to compete again in the 2011 Nautica New York City Triathlon along with the 2011 competitors, and wrote the following words of inspiration for the new group of triathletes.

Congratulations on becoming a member of the Fit Nation Triathlon team. You are in for quite the ride. In looking back at my training prior to the New York City Triathlon, there were a lot of bumps and bruises as well as victories. Staying motivated for an event so far away, and getting in shape can be a very daunting task. My advice to anyone getting ready for such an event and likely a lifestyle change is staying focused, taking “baby steps” and setting obtainable goals.

First, staying focused. It is easy to not “feel” like training today. Especially when your muscles are tired or your energy feels low. Training is essential, and so is the fuel to train correctly. If you're feeling this way, look at everything you are doing. Fuel: What are you eating? Training: Are you over-training? Are you spending more time on one sport (swimming, biking, or running) because you like it more? Remember, you need to fuel your body to train for the event…don’t over train, listen to your trainers.

Baby steps. This is likely a change to your normal routine. You do not need to do the Olympic-distance event daily as part of your training. Train smart; take small steps to reaching your August 7 goal. Run reasonable distances, bike reasonable distances and definitely mix it up. Swim reasonable distances and do all of these for a reasonable amount of time. I did bricks a couple of times a week instead of just once a week early on. This definitely started a trend of over training.

Lastly, attainable goals. Nothing will take away your motivation and momentum than setting goals that are too difficult to obtain. I talk with people regularly about training goals. I will hear, “I’m gonna run a marathon this year.” I will ask what other races they have run, and they’ve never run a 10k. A goal such as a marathon is great for down the road but will quickly seem unattainable, and training may stop. You need to train to be successful, so take small steps, set attainable goals, and give your body the fuel it needs for success. You can do this!

I spent the four years prior to joining the CNN team on my couch. If I can do this, you can! I will be cheering for you the whole way and look forward to racing with you in August.


Evidence of food dye-ADHD link weak, FDA told
March 30th, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Evidence of food dye-ADHD link weak, FDA told

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee began weighing evidence Wednesday on whether dye additives in food affects behavior in children. The panel listened to testimony from doctors and scientists who contend that studies, although small in many cases, do show that some kids begin to show signs of hyperactivity once they are exposed to certain dye mixtures.

The question is, should the FDA committee urge the agency to strengthen its regulation of these ingredients?

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March 29th, 2011
06:51 PM ET

Could my memory loss really be 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.

Asked by RN, Central Washington

I am having significant memory problems that my M.D. thinks are due to depression, but I wonder if such severe problems can be accounted for by depression. I have had dysthymia my whole life. I admit I have a lot of stress in my life and may even be more depressed than I have been in the past, but I have never had these problems before. Here are some examples of things I forget on a daily basis (multiple times a day, actually) : not knowing why I'm in the car driving, not able to remember longtime friends' names, my dog's name, can't remember the names of common objects, putting keys, laundry, etc. in the refrigerator. This is affecting my professional and personal life. Could this really be just depression?

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Contaminated cantaloupe sickens 13
March 29th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Contaminated cantaloupe sickens 13

Cantaloupe contaminated with salmonella has sickened 13 people in five states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Five people in Oregon, four in Washington State, two in California, one in Colorado, and one in Maryland have become ill. Of the 13 patients, three have been hospitalized; none have died, according to the CDC's website.

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Sleep, stress reduction may help weight loss
March 29th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Sleep, stress reduction may help weight loss

Getting enough sleep and reducing stress may help you lose weight more effectively.

Investigators at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research asked almost 500 participants to lose at least 10 pounds during a six-month period and found that those who were getting an ideal amount of sleep – between six and eight hours per night – coming into the study and those who had the least stress were the most successful.

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