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Pull menthol cigarettes, FDA advisers urge
March 18th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Pull menthol cigarettes, FDA advisers urge

The availability of menthol-flavored cigarettes is linked to a rise in the number of children and African Americans who smoke and the cigarettes should be taken off the market, an FDA advisory committee said Friday.

The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee met to evaluate the available science on the impact of menthol cigarettes on public health, including children, African-Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic and racial minorities. The group determined menthol cigarette smokers do not have a greater risk of diseases related to smoking when compared with non-menthol cigarette smokers. But, menthol in cigarettes increased experimentation, raised the risk of progression to a regular smoker, increased smoking among kids, and their availability increased the chance of addiction–and even the degree of addiction in children.

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March 18th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Surgery prep pads recalled over bacteria fears

A Wisconsin-based medical supply company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of wipes used to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns over fears the products may be contaminated with a type of bacteria known as Elizabethkingia meningoseptica.

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March 18th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

March 18th, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Backstory: Covering the crisis in Japan

Throughout this week, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and CNN Medical Senior Producer Danielle Dellorto have been in Japan, taking a hard look at the devastation and destruction caused by the 9.0 earthquake last week, the resulting tsunami, and the unfolding nuclear crisis.

But, as Sanjay and Danielle tell us, simply getting to these affected areas has been incredibly difficult for reporters and rescue crews alike.

Once CNN crews were able to make it to the disaster zone, regular aftershocks, and the constant threat of repeat tsunamis plagued their efforts to report on the story, and the efforts of rescue crews trying to help local citizens.

Reporting in Japan: Nuclear fears, aftershocks

CNN crews were able to move to Tokyo, where life is somewhat returning to normal.  For those unable to leave the hardest hit areas, shelters and hospitals are their only lifelines.  Sanjay and Danielle share their insights about the current state of the healthcare system in Japan.

To see more of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's reporting from Japan, be sure to tune into "Anderson Cooper 360," weeknights at 10 ET, and a special edition of "Sanjay Gupta M.D.," Saturday and Sunday,  7:30 a.m. ET.


March 18th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Spring may bring relief for dry eye

The symptoms of dry eye are all too familiar to millions of Americans- the stinging, the burning, the feeling that something is in your eye when it is not and times when the vision seems blurry. Fortunately, saying goodbye to Old Man Winter and hello to spring may ease the symptoms for some people who suffer from dry eye.

"When the heat goes off and the air conditioning has not come on yet, patients will sometimes have some relief, especially on nice muggy days," said Dr. Stephanie Marioneaux, an ophthalmologist in Chesapeake, Virginia, and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology . FULL POST


What the Yuck: How do I stop snoring?
March 18th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

What the Yuck: How do I stop snoring?

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'm afraid I'm a loud snorer. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening when I spend the night with my new man?

You mean aside from lying awake all night? First, don't drink alcohol. It can make snoring worse by relaxing your throat's muscles. When you breathe in and out, those relaxed muscles vibrate, and you snore.
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March 18th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

How can I eat healthy if I have to buy in bulk?

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

Asked by Nate, Yellowstone National Park

I live in a very remote location: Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. I have a hard time buying groceries that are healthy. There is no way I could get to the store even once a week. I end up buying in bulk: frozen (limited space), cans, dry just-add-water type stuff. Any suggestions for better eating?

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