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March 28th, 2011
06:47 PM ET

Cancer risk is low, but possible in airport scanners

If you’ve traveled through an airport lately, you’ve probably seen one of the new full body X-ray machines called a backscatter, a type of imaging technology used by the Transportation Security Administration  to identify concealed items.

A special article published Monday in the  Archives of Internal Medicine says “passengers should not fear.”  The device, which raised concerns among some because it uses small doses of ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen, poses “no significant threat” even to  frequent fliers, the authors say.

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College student gets first hand transplant in Southeast
March 28th, 2011
06:20 PM ET

College student gets first hand transplant in Southeast

A 21-year-old college student from Florida has joined an elite group of about a dozen patients in the United States who have received a hand transplant.  "I don't think there is anything that can describe how I feel, except for happiness and hopefulness," transplant recipient Linda Lu told reporters at a news conference Monday in Atlanta.

Lu lost her left hand when she was only a year old,  due to Kawasaki disease, she says.  This disease causes inflammation of blood vessels, which can lead to blood clots and limbs being deprived of oxygen which ultimately can lead to limb loss, according to Dr. Chris Larsen, who was part of Lu's transplant team.  Lu's new hand was attached in the 19-hour surgery at Emory University in Atlanta on March 12.

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Guidelines issued for healthy and happy campers
March 28th, 2011
04:57 PM ET

Guidelines issued for healthy and happy campers

With spring here, and the promise of summer only months away, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released revised guidelines for keeping children who attend camp healthy and happy campers. The guidelines are available in the AAP journal Pediatrics.

The camp experience can have fantastic growth and developmental benefits including helping build children's self-esteem, leadership skills, values, friendships, and allowing them to try new experiences and connect with the natural environment, according to the AAP statement. The revised AAP guidelines for creating healthy camp experiences offer tips to prepare campers and camps for the most healthy and enjoyable camp experience possible.

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March 28th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Superbug found in California hospitals

A deadly superbug, thought to be rare on the West Coast, is appearing in large numbers in Southern California, according to a new study.

In seven months last year, there were 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), according to the study by the Los Angeles County Department of Health. The cases were in health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. People outside such facilities were not affected.

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Colic: What helps and what doesn't
March 28th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Colic: What helps and what doesn't

As the parent of any newborn will tell you, there are few things worse than a baby with colic.  While she cries inconsolably, Mom and Dad try everything to soothe their little bundle of joy, often frantically searching the internet or calling friends and grandparents asking for advice.  Now a new study may offer some insight regarding what works and what's a waste of time.

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March 28th, 2011
08:41 AM ET

How should I treat my daughter's lice?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

My 10-year-old daughter was just treated for lice for the third time this school year. What's the best way to get rid of them, and how can I make sure she doesn't get it again?

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