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Hawaii training: Excitement, and some guilt
April 15th, 2011
04:46 PM ET

Hawaii training: Excitement, and some guilt

Next week, the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon team heads to Kona, Hawaii, for a week of intense training? Follow along on The Chart and on Twitter, @CNNFitNation

Only a few more days until the CNN Fit Nation 6-pack gets together for the mid-way trip. It will be great to see everyone and discuss successes and struggles. Of course, it helps that we will be doing this in Hawaii! I have seen the schedule and we will not be spending a lot of time sitting by the pool and sipping mai tais. We will be working out a lot – swimming in the ocean, running on the island and some bigger bike rides. We have all been working out a lot at home and it will be great to do it in Hawaii. I think it will be a way to recharge our energy and motivation us for the final push to our goal.

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April 15th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

What the Yuck: Early C-section to avoid weight?
April 15th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

What the Yuck: Early C-section to avoid weight?

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: Is it true stars schedule their C-sections early so they don't get fat?

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Sharp debate on circumcision
April 15th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Sharp debate on circumcision

The comments on this week’s Empowered Patient article about circumcision demonstrate that  men have strong feelings about their penises.

“Why would I want someone to cut some of the most important part of me?” asked Noble9, a reader who like other “intactivists” is against circumcision.

Other men, however, felt otherwise.

“Frank, you are crazy,” wrote Daniel1999, addressing the man in our story who feels he’d have better sex if his foreskin were intact and therefore rues the day his parents had him snipped.

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Brooke Baldwin: Love the sun, hate the sun, but wear sunscreen!!
April 15th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Brooke Baldwin: Love the sun, hate the sun, but wear sunscreen!!

I've always had a love hate relationship with the sun. Since I was a kid, growing up in Georgia, I've loved the outdoors. The pool during the summer. Playing sports outside. and of course getting a tan at the beach. Only, I wasn't like my other girlfriends who would sit by the water and turn a nice shade of bronze. Oh no. I, being the blue-eyed, brunette fair-skinned girl that I am, would burn. And I mean burn.

I can remember going to Hawaii as a kid with my family. Spring break. We'd head to the beach and then there was my mom (whom I love dearly, mind you, but after so many times of hearing this, I started to tune her out), "Brooke, put on your sunscreen!" Ugh. "What do mothers know?" I thought. (Ha! A lot, apparently. More on that later.)

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April 15th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

DNA Day: Meet the Osbournes' geneticist

Happy National DNA Day! Yes, that's right: The stuff of life has its own holiday on April 15. It's to commemorate the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in April 1953, and the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003.

To celebrate, I caught up with Nathan Pearson, geneticist at Knome, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pearson has had the distinction of analyzing the genomes of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and shared the stage with them at the TEDMED conference in October to present some of his insights about Ozzy. That presentation is in the video above.

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With diabetes, don't focus on blame
April 15th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

With diabetes, don't focus on blame

David Kendall, M.D., is the chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association

One of the most common misconceptions about diabetes is that the people who develop the chronic disease somehow brought it on themselves. Many believe that people develop type 1 diabetes because of eating too much sugar. Similarly, many believe that people develop type 2 diabetes as a result of overeating and being overweight or obese.

The simple fact is that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes develop as a result of both human factors (genetics and family history in particular) and environmental factors. Scientists have shown that certain genes predispose a person to develop diabetes, while a variety of environmental factors contribute to (or trigger) the development of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes results when the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes develops when the cells of the body become resistant to the effect of insulin, and the insulin-producing cells ultimately make less insulin than is necessary.
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