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Should bodychecking in youth hockey be banned?
April 18th, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Should bodychecking in youth hockey be banned?

When you consider that only about one in 4,000 youth hockey players will ever make it to the professional ranks, does putting the 3,999 other bodies – and specifically, heads – at risk by allowing bodychecking make sense? That provocative question is raised in an analysis published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Taking the bodychecking - impeding the movement of an opponent with your body - out of hockey is akin to taking tackling out of football. It provokes the ire of sports purists, who might argue that you rob the sport of what makes it essentially hockey or football. But the bodychecking argument – specifically, banning it among all but elite hockey players aged 16 or older, according to the analysis – is rooted in emerging science about how concussion affects the youth brain, compared with the adult brain.

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April 18th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Tri Challenge in Hawaii: Ready to rock

 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

It's 9:09 p.m.  Island Time,  2:10 a.m. Kansas City time. I've been up since 6:30 a.m .and have flown several hours but it's all worth it. I'm exhausted but so ecstatic to see my fellow 6-packers and the amazing CNN staff and to see all the new stuff we've received. I've never been so awestruck in my life. Touching down in Kona and seeing nothing but lava fields and ocean is indescribable. This place is gorgeous and I'm so honored and happy to be a part of the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge with Dr. Gupta. I cant wait for my 6 a.m. swim in the ocean! This is going to rock!!!!!!!! Let the training begin!


April 18th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Keeping new runners injury free

On Monday, almost 27,000 people from near and far are running the 115th annual Boston Marathon. Gaining entry into the prestigious road race means qualifying, based on your completion time of a certified marathon and your age. If you're new to the sport but aspiring to get to marathon level, there are things every new runner needs to keep in mind in order to prevent injury.

Dr. Perry Julien, a sports medicine podiatrist and author of "Sure Footing," says revisiting the basics is important   because  so many people are constantly new to running or to exercise.

"It's very common for new runners to get themselves into trouble," Julien said. "They do too much, too soon. They're wearing the incorrect shoes. They don't allow time to warm up or cool down. They're not stretching." FULL POST


April 18th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

What is this sudden weird, brown rash?

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

Asked by Monique, Maryland

I have had a weird rash on my hands for about a week. It started out like blisters after I was outside one day but now is flat and brown. It does not hurt or itch but does seem to be getting a little lighter. I'm not on any medications and did not use any sunscreen or skin products that day. What could be causing this? FULL POST


Where there's more support, fewer suicides among gay teens
April 18th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Where there's more support, fewer suicides among gay teens

Dan Savage knows what it's like to be teased for being different.  Savage, who writes the syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love,  remembers being mocked by his homeroom teacher in the eighth grade.  Why? He loved to cook.  "And of course, that was code for being homo. I felt like he was painting a bullseye on my back," recalled Savage.

Savage has been at the forefront of the movement to stop teen bullying.  Last fall, after the suicides of Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas, teens bullied for being gay, Dan and his husband, Terry Miller, created a You Tube video to encourage kids who are facing harassment.  The video exploded into the It Gets Better Project.

Savage's project came to mind when I heard about a new study out in the Journal Pediatrics about gay, lesbian and bisexual kids and suicide.  The headline:  Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth living in places that are not supportive are 20 percent more likely to commit suicide than LGB kids living in supportive environments.

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