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Groups help keep triathlete mom motivated
April 8th, 2011
05:59 PM ET

Groups help keep triathlete mom motivated

Kas Seerla is a member of the 2011 CNN Fit Nation Challenge.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young daughters, and is using this challenge to show other moms that it's OK to step out of their comfort zones!

What motivates me to workout six times a week? Well, I'd like to say that it's all internal and I wake up everyday raring to go.

These past two months, I've finally realized and come to terms with the fact that I cannot work out alone.

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With diabetes, save a leg, save a life
April 8th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

With diabetes, save a leg, save a life

 

Each year in the U.S. diabetes results in the amputation of about 65,700 legs or feet. About 85% of those began with a diabetic foot ulcer. And for Dr. David Schwegman, the mission to educate people about the issue is personal.

His father, a diabetic, had a foot ulcer that resulted in the amputation of his left leg, which contributed to his death, his son said.

"He became a statistic," Schwegman said. "He was one of the 50% of people that died within five years after having an amputation."

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What a shutdown could mean for health agencies
April 8th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

What a shutdown could mean for health agencies

Late Friday afternoon the United States budget standoff continued, with the threat of a partial government shutdown still looming (share your shutdown worries here).

If the government shuts down, here's what it will mean for three key agencies that affect your health:

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April 8th, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Overheard: Jeremy Irons against smoking bans
April 8th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Overheard: Jeremy Irons against smoking bans

Secondhand smoke may kill 1 in 100 people worldwide each year, and harm unborn babies, but some people are still in favor of allowing smoking everywhere.

Actor Jeremy Irons, for instance, doesn't think people should be restricted from lighting up in public places. Irons told Parade that such bans are "appalling" and are effectively "bullying a minority."

Because if you say, ‘I really think I should have the right to smoke in the street or in the park or at the beach,’ people will say, ‘You shouldn't be smoking at all. It’s bad for you.’ Well, I think we can choose what’s bad for us. I mean, there are many other things in life that are bad for us. Being surrounded by boring people is very bad for us - it attacks the heart. And being surrounded by mass consumerism, as one is in most urban areas, is bad for you, making you believe that if you buy something, it'll make you happy. But all those things people are allowed to get away with.”

But boring and people and mass consumerism don't cause cancer, do they?


What you told us about women, infidelity
April 8th, 2011
12:56 PM ET

What you told us about women, infidelity

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

After  posting yesterday on The Chart about  female infidelity, an outpouring of comments - more than 1,200 so far - sprang forth, some of which took issue with my opening line that “in a committed relationship nothing hurts more, or is harder to recover from, than infidelity, and this is even truer when it’s the female partner who’s been doing the cheating.”

My intention was not to downplay the danger of male infidelity,  or to unfairly demonize female infidelity, but rather to offer the observation that men and women frequently cheat for different reasons, and that by the time a woman has reached the point of infidelity she’s often emotionally vacated her primary relationship, making it all the harder to engage in a meaningful process of recovery.

On that point,  an important theme that came through loud and clear in the comments was that there is a pervasive double standard in society when it comes to infidelity in general, and that women are encouraged (via media and often by their female peers) to suck it up and stick it out, whereas men do not experience the same pressure to forgive and forget.

Wrote one commenter:

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What the Yuck: Mercury poisoning from sushi?
April 8th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

What the Yuck: Mercury poisoning from sushi?

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: Can you really get mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi?

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Hospital checklist cut infections, saved lives
April 8th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

Hospital checklist cut infections, saved lives

Hospitals that implemented a program including a simple, five-point checklist managed to decrease rates of an infection that kills 31,000 patients every year, according to a new study done for the federal government.

At hospitals that followed the program,  central line infections in intensive care units were reduced by 35%, according to the study. When a central line, which is a type of catheter, becomes infected, the infection can spread through the bloodstream.

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April 8th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

How to build a healthy PB&J

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

Question asked by Stephanie of Roswell, Georgia

My daughters ask for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast several times a week, instead of the whole-grain cereal we offer them. This seems awfully sugary to me. Is this nutritionally OK?

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