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Patients use Facebook, Twitter, to get health information
March 4th, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Patients use Facebook, Twitter, to get health information

Patients are turning to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook for health information, according to a survey by the National Research Corporation.

In the survey of nearly 23,000 people in the United States, 16% said they use social media as a source of health care information. For nearly all of them – 94% - Facebook was their site of choice, with YouTube coming in a distant second at 32%. Eighteen percent of the respondents said they turned to MySpace or Twitter for health information.

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March 4th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

6-pack member Nina says age is nothing but a number

In the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, six viewers are participating in a six-month training program. They are preparing to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta on August 7 in the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

As the 6-pack continue their training in preparation for the triathlon, their milestones have been captured by CNN's cameras. Nina Lovel has always been a recreational swimmer but she hadn't received any formal swim training since college. Watch as she takes her first swim lesson in preparation for the 1,500 meter swim in the Hudson River on race day.


Fit Friday: A 'healthy' sabotage
March 4th, 2011
02:47 PM ET

Fit Friday: A 'healthy' sabotage

Nothing is safe.

Food gurus are dissecting your faux healthy goods - oatmeal, fruit smoothies. Is nothing sacred – or healthy - anymore?

In the New York Times,  Mark Bittman ripped into the McDonald’s oatmeal. The world’s biggest fast food chain is selling oatmeal at $2.38 - pricier than a double-cheeseburger, the food critic adds. FULL POST


March 4th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

This week's health quiz: tanning beds, Serena Williams, toxic meat and more!

Do you know what blood type is in highest demand? Take our quiz and find out.

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March 4th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

How can I stop being hungry?

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

Asked by Jeff of El Centro, California

Losing weight has always been tough for me. It's even tougher for me now that I'm in my 40s. However, I made a resolution for 2010, and with diet and exercise, I've managed to lose 35 pounds.

I've managed to lose weight through grit and determination. The problem is, I am always hungry and my appetite is ravenous, difficult to satisfy. I want to eat until I'm full EVERY TIME I eat. If it wasn't for force of will, I would continue to eat and pack the pounds back on.

Is there anything I can do to fight the hunger? I try to snack on things that are healthy, but it seems no matter what I snack on, I get penalized with putting weight back on. I worry that if the only thing I have going for me is grit and determination, that might not be enough to stay in the fight. FULL POST


What the Yuck: Why do I have dark circles under my eyes?
March 4th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

What the Yuck: Why do I have dark circles under my eyes?

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 don't have a problem sleeping, so why do I have such dark circles under my eyes?

A few culprits may have you reaching for the under-eye concealer. Sinus blockage triggered by a food or seasonal allergy can cause swelling of the tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin, giving you "darkened" areas around your nose and eyes. An allergist can determine an allergy trigger, but if yours is seasonal or the irritant is unavoidable, an OTC drug like Claritin or Zyrtec should help.

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March 4th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Booster seat laws: what you need to know

The Georgia senate passed a bill on Thursday that raises child car seat requirements in that state to include all children younger than age 8, with an exemption for those younger than 8 that are at least 4 feet and 9 inches tall, and weigh at least 40 pounds. Parents will be fined $50 if they don't comply. Georgia's House passed a similar bill earlier in the week.

Although many parents don't take issue with the recommendations, some are weighing in and calling House Bill 279 a "nanny bill" and a "waste of lawmaking time."  In a blog posted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, several parents voiced their support of the bill, whiles others asked “don’t our elected officials have anything better to debate?”

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