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'Broken mentally' after losing 3 sisters to breast cancer
April 29th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

'Broken mentally' after losing 3 sisters to breast cancer

Cancer has always been part of Marshall Moneymaker’s life (yes, that’s his name).

It touched his father (non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and four of his sisters (breast and ovarian cancers).

The firefighter from Montgomery County, Maryland sports a bright pink firefighter suit and often cheers and hugs breast cancer patients and their families during cancer events.  FULL POST


Tall, obese men at higher risk for deadly blood clots
April 29th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Tall, obese men at higher risk for deadly blood clots

Tall men who are obese may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing deadly blood clots. The finding was published Thursday in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Why are blood clots a concern? This study looked at a condition called venous thromboembolism (VTE). When a blood clot forms in a vein deep in the body, usually in the legs, it’s called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Blood clots can block blood flow, causing pain and swelling. If the clot breaks off, travels through the blood and lodges in the blood vessels of the lungs, it's called pulmonary embolism. When DVTs and pulmonary embolism occur together, the condition is called VTE.

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April 29th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

April 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Are chia seeds a 'superfood'?

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

Question asked by Julie S. of Chicago, Illinois

What do you know/say about chia seeds? Are they really a "superfood?"
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Leaving Hawaii positive, optimistic and determined
April 29th, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Leaving Hawaii positive, optimistic and determined

Stasia Cirricione is one of six CNN viewers chosen to be a part of the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.

"Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time." (Unknown)

This quote summarizes my entire experience in Hawaii. There were many challenges along the way: Heat that I wasn't used to, wind while riding the legendary Queen K highway, a bike saddle that was less than comfortable, and new and frightening challenges like open water swimming in the ocean.

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What the Yuck: Does blotting pizza save calories?
April 29th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

What the Yuck: Does blotting pizza save calories?

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: How many calories do you save blotting pizza with a napkin?

You are probably cutting 20 to 50 calories a piece - not a whole lot, but I guess if you have a couple of slices, it adds up. So if it makes you feel better, go for it.

Other ways to skinny up your pie: Ask the pizza guy to cut it into 10 or even 12 slices (each piece will have fewer calories and less fat), and start with a salad so you aren't famished by the time you open up that box. Also, order whole wheat or thin crust, avoid fatty toppings like sausage or pepperoni, and go for veggies like peppers or mushrooms instead. And, of course, if you skip the cheese, you'll cut out a whole lot of calories and saturated fat.

But call me old-fashioned: It's just not pizza without any cheese.


FDA committee recommends 2nd new hepatitis C drug for approval
April 28th, 2011
04:20 PM ET

FDA committee recommends 2nd new hepatitis C drug for approval

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is unanimously recommending approval of a second new treatment–in as many days–for hepatitis C genotype 1 infection in adults with liver damage who have not been treated or whose treatment failed. Hepatitis C is a chronic viral disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the liver.

The drug, telaprevir, is a new class of protease inhibitor manufactured by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. It too would be used in combination with ribavirin and peginterferon–the current standard of care. Telaprevir also prevents the virus from replicating, and studies show the three-drug cocktail is more effective than the two-drug regimen.

"We are thrilled with today's FDA Committee decision," said Dawn Kalmar, a Vertex spokeswoman. "This is an important step in our more than 15 year effort to bring telaprevir to people living with hepatitic C."

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SF could vote on male circumcision ban
April 28th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

SF could vote on male circumcision ban

Activists who want to ban all male circumcisions in San Francisco took a step closer to getting the measure to a vote this fall.

Led by Lloyd Schofield who is part of a Bay Area “intactivist” group, the advocates call the after-birth procedure "male genital mutilation" and liken it to cutting female genitals.

Schofield and the intactivists seek to make it "unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis" of anyone 17 or younger in San Francisco.  Under the proposal, a person who violates the proposed ban could be jailed (not more than one year) or fined (not more than $1,000). Exemptions for religious reasons would not be allowed. FULL POST


Tri-Challenge: The 6-pack inspired me
April 28th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Tri-Challenge: The 6-pack inspired me

Former professional triathlete Nicole DeBoom and her husband, triathlete and Ironman champ Tim DeBoom, spent time with the CNN 6-pack last week in Hawaii.  In addition to coaching in each of the three sports of triathlon, the DeBooms lectured on raceday prep, how to train in open water using a wetsuit, and how to transition effectively. They also worked individuall y with the athletes, answering questions about confidence and mental toughness.

Last week, Tim and I were invited to join the CNN crew as guest coaches on the Big Island of Hawaii. We had been following the program, but it's really tough to prepare any coaching until you actually meet the athletes and can gauge their levels of fitness and training. It was time to put faces to the names!

We first met the 6-pack on Monday morning. What I love about this program, is that the 6-pack are REAL PEOPLE. They are men and women who never thought they would do a triathlon. They realized that they needed to make a major life change, and they reached out for help. CNN answered!

Tim and I spent four days working closely with the athletes, learning their strengths and "areas for improvement." All I can say is that the journey is officially in progress. I saw marked improvement in every single athlete in just five short days in Hawaii.

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Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors
April 28th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors

The test that all medical school applicants take  could place greater emphasis on behavioral and social sciences, adding a new component and lengthening the test to seven hours, if proposed changes are accepted.

Members of the committee that proposed the changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) say that this could help better identify applicants who have a greater understanding of behavioral and social factors that contribute to health problems.

“We want to broaden the knowledge base that students have about those factors that influence health,” said committee chair Dr. Steven Gabbe, who is also CEO of the Ohio State University Medical Center. “Yes, you must have solid base in science, but you have to understand the challenges.  You have to be culturally competent to understand socio-economic challenges in different groups face dealing with health problems.” FULL POST


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