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May 13th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Ian Kerner: Frank, fun talk with Joy about porn, self-love

Last night on "The Joy Behar Show"  I had more fun than I've had in a long time. We had a frank, funny conversation about sex and we covered everything from National Masturbation Month to vibrator etiquette to women and porn. Talking to Joy makes me pleasantly (and pleasurably) aware of one of the most important aspects of sex: It's funny! Thanks Joy!

What the Yuck: How risky are tanning salons?
May 13th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

What the Yuck: How risky are tanning salons?

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: How risky is just one visit to a tanning salon?

It's risky all right. Here's why: Skin cancer is on the rise in women under 50, and the use of tanning beds is partly to blame. While most research has examined people who visit them regularly (once a week, for example), some studies show that even a single session makes you 2.5 times more likely to get squamous cell skin cancer and 1.5 times more likely to get basal cell skin cancer, the two most common forms of the disease.
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May 13th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Gupta: Waiting out a meningioma

All the news about one of my favorite actresses, Mary Tyler Moore, reminded me of the first time I saw a patient with a meningioma. It was 1995. I was a junior neurosurgery resident, and my professor introduced me to a 69-year-old, perfectly healthy appearing woman. That surprised me at the time, because moments earlier, I had been reviewing her MRI scan. She had an obvious bright mass in her brain located in the right frontal lobe.

I carefully examined the movements of her eyes and face. I checked her motor strength and sensation in her four extremities and completed a full neurological exam. Her long-term memory and instant recall were intact, and she did not complain of headaches. “I wouldn’t even know it is up there,” she said, referring to her brain tumor.

This pleasant woman had been showing up at the clinic for several years, with a scan in hand to review with my professor. If the mass looked no different, and more importantly, if the patient didn’t have any neurological changes – they would simply make a date to see each other again in another year, and repeat the process. They had collectively agreed to not operate on the obvious brain tumor, but instead to watch, wait, and bank on the possibility she would never need an operation in her lifetime.

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Fit Friday: Cafeteria cams measure kids' calories
May 13th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Fit Friday: Cafeteria cams measure kids' calories

Kids often toss the apple from their lunch trays and dive straight into the cookies.

But, now cafeteria cameras can track what they’re really eating.

Health officials are using a $2 million federal grant to install cameras that will track eating habits at five San Antonio, Texas elementary schools.  The camera program will analyze the food on the trays for kids whose parents give permission. Parents can get reports about what their kids ate in school.  FULL POST


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