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FDA panel recommends approval of new hepatitis C drug
April 27th, 2011
06:38 PM ET

FDA panel recommends approval of new hepatitis C drug

A new treatment for hepatitis C could soon be on the market if the Food and Drug Administration takes the advice of an advisory committee.  The committee unanimously approved the first of two new drugs to treat chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 infection.  Hepatitis C is a chronic viral disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the liver.

The drug, boceprevir, is a new class of protease inhibitor manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., and would be used in combination with ribavirin and peginterferon–the current standard of care. Boceprevir prevents the virus from replicating, and studies show the three-drug cocktail is more effective than the two-drug regimen.

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On the Brain: Minding the royal wedding
April 27th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

On the Brain: Minding the royal wedding

With all the buzz over a particular British matrimony, I thought I'd say a little something about how that little event might relate to psychology.

Even if you're not among those eagerly counting down to Friday's  royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, you might be interested to think about how their courtship and the spectacle of their wedding makes perfect sense in terms of Darwinian evolution, as described by psychologist Geoffrey Miller in New Scientist. For instance, among spectators, "Male brains will be sparked by Will's military titles (flight lieutenant, captain in the Blues and Royals, commodore-in-chief of Scotland) and Kate's signals of fertility and fitness (cheekbones, legs, style, humour) to conjure a primal mating scenario – King Kong and Ann Darrow, Genghis Khan and his many conquests, that sort of thing," he writes. (Free registration required to read).

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April 27th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

Gupta on Giffords' missing piece of skull

Dr. Sanjay Gupta details the extraordinary efforts to save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a CNN special documentary, "Saving Gabby." Sunday, May 8, 7 p.m. ET

The final preparations are under way for Friday's last-ever launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. This mission is extra special for Commander Mark Kelly. His wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head since January 8,  was medically cleared to travel and left Wednesday for Florida and the Kennedy Space Center, to watch the launch.   CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been following Giffords' progress and takes us inside his operating room to show how the congresswoman's surgeons  removed part of her skull in an effort to save her life.

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April 27th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Is electroconvulsive therapy safe?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Question asked by Ky-Nisha of Florida:

Is electroconvulsive therapy safe to use on children?

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How not to be a bridezilla – cut the stress
April 27th, 2011
08:15 AM ET

How not to be a bridezilla – cut the stress

It's estimated that 2 billion people will watch Kate Middleton walk down the aisle when she weds Prince William  on Friday in London. Now that's pressure. But unlike many brides-to-be, Middleton has had a lot of professional help and probably hasn't had to sweat the tiny details.

However, most future brides are not future princesses. And weddings and all the hassles that go with them, can be overwhelming.

"There are just so many little details that people begin to focus on," says Dr. Gregory Jones, a clinical psychologist with District Psychotherapy Associates in Washington, D.C. "Many people don't understand how difficult it is, until they are in the middle of it. Weddings can take a life of their own." FULL POST


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