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Friend: Giffords' personality 'starting to shine through'
March 11th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Friend: Giffords' personality 'starting to shine through'

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ personality “is really starting to shine through,” says Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who visited her friend and colleague at a Houston rehabilitation hospital last week.

“There’s been so much progress made in the month since I’ve seen her,” Wasserman Schultz said. “She’s so much more interactive and responsive.”

Doctors at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston said Friday  at a news conference that Giffords has been speaking in full sentences and is able to walk with assistance.

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The weight of discrimination accumulates - in your fat
March 11th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

The weight of discrimination accumulates - in your fat

Sticks and stones may break your bones. But words may hurt you in ways that you didn’t even know.

A Yale University study found that women who’ve reported high levels of discrimination have more visceral fat, a type of fat that lies deep and surrounds abdominal organs.

Unlike the kind of fat that manifests in rolls and  flaps, visceral fat can accumulate without people realizing it.  Even skinny people can have unhealthy amounts of visceral fat wrapping their organs.  This type of fat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and other major health problems. FULL POST


March 11th, 2011
03:48 PM ET

What the Yuck: Make my stretch marks go away
March 11th, 2011
02:20 PM ET

What the Yuck: Make my stretch marks go away

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 have hideous stretch marks. Can you make them go away?

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March 11th, 2011
12:21 PM ET

How can I lose weight if I have hypothyroidism?

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

How can I lose weight when I have hypothyroidism and I can't do strenuous exercise? My doctor is still adjusting my thyroid medication, so my TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is still high at 22. Added to that, I've got heart problems and have been told by my cardiologist not to do strenuous exercise! I do a lot of walking and typically do 10,000 steps a day. I've been doing a low fat 1,400 calorie diet with no result. I was thinking about a low-carb 1,200 calorie diet and upping my steps to 15,000 a day but I'm wondering what else I can do when I can't exert myself.

Asked by Serene of Sacramento, California FULL POST


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