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Psychiatry 'bible' structure overhauled
May 4th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Psychiatry 'bible' structure overhauled

Reflecting a new understanding of many mental illnesses, the proposed organization for the newest edition of the "bible" of psychiatry is now open for public comment at dsm5.org.

The American Psychiatric Association this week released its vision for the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V). The updates incorporate insights from research since 1994,  the last time the manual was issued with substantial changes, the organization said. Publication of the DSM V is scheduled for 2013.

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May 4th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Can I get rid of my hypertension medication?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

I have been taking two drugs combined within one pill to control my blood pressure.They are olmesartan and hydrochlorothiazide (known as Benicar-HCT). I took them for approximately eight years, during which time I was part of the world of employment. For seven months since I retired I have found that my blood pressure seems to be holding around 120/78 or less each day when measured. I discussed the matter with my doctor, who advised me to use only half of the prescribed dosage. My question is: Is it possible to rid myself of taking the medication all together?

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Public Citizen: Bed handles dangerous for elderly
May 4th, 2011
04:22 PM ET

Public Citizen: Bed handles dangerous for elderly

They are suppose to help elderly or sick patients maneuver in and out of bed, but the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen says some bed rail handles can be dangerous and have caused several deaths. The group says the handles can trap a patient causing strangulation or suffocation.

In a petition sent to the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday, Public Citizen urged the agency to order Bed Handles, Inc. to immediately recall Bedside Assistant bed handles, to ban marketing of the product and to investigate other bed handles manufactured by other companies to see if they pose a similar risk.

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Tri Challenge: Breakthrough on the bike
May 4th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Tri Challenge: Breakthrough on the bike

It has been one week since I came back from Hawaii and there are 14 weeks left to go until race day. Before Hawaii, I had a few bad weeks of training and was a little discouraged, but Hawaii was like a big reset button, and I am feeling great about training going forward.

Tim DeBoom offered some words of encouragement and told me to “embrace the process.” Those words are really changing the way I look at workouts. I use to dread the workouts, but now I look at them as opportunities to improve my skills and build endurance. Also, my cycling has improved.

I biked on Saturday with my coach and we had a breakthrough. We lowered my bike seat, and such a small change produced a huge result. For the first time since I have been riding outside I felt in total control of the bike. I finally feel that the pieces are coming together nicely and cannot wait until August.


MTV's 'Teen Mom' stars on 'Dr. Drew'
"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham reads Sophia's birthday card to her during the hit show's second season.
May 4th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

MTV's 'Teen Mom' stars on 'Dr. Drew'

May 4 is the 10th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. And on that day about 1,000 teenage girls will give birth.

Warnings about the trials and tribulations that inevitably follow apparently aren’t enough to stop them - just ask Maci, Farrah and Catelynn.

They may be “stars” of MTV’s “Teen Mom," but the reality of their situation is this: They are children having children.

"Teen Mom" creator: Nothing glamorous about missing prom because of a collicky baby

Millions of viewers are drawn into the drama of the show and the lives of these young women. Their stories are so powerful, their situations so relatable, that schools and churches use them - for better or worse - as examples.

I’m pleased to welcome Maci, Farrah Catelynn and their cautionary tales to Dr. Drew" on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN. We want to contribute to the dialogue about teen pregnancy. And we want you to do so too.

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