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FDA approves two new drugs to treat hepatitis C
May 23rd, 2011
06:35 PM ET

FDA approves two new drugs to treat hepatitis C

By the end of this week, adult hepatitis C patients will have access to two new drugs, to add to their arsenal in battling the viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that can lead to liver failure.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Incivek (telaprevir) on Monday, and Victrelis (boceprevir) on May 13.  Both drugs are approved for use in combination with the two standard treatment drugs – peginterferon and ribavirin - for a three-drug cocktail.

Incivek and Victrelis are called protease inhibitors, which bind to the virus and prevent it from multiplying.

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Sleeves, shade your best bet for sun protection
May 23rd, 2011
06:21 PM ET

Sleeves, shade your best bet for sun protection

With Memorial Day just around the corner, expect more of those  “how to protect yourself from sun” messages to pop up. And the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated this Friday – May 27 – as “Don’t Fry Day,” encouraging people to protect their skin while spending time outdoors.

IReport: You showed us your worst sunburns

The Environmental Protection Agency, a member of the council,  has developed a program called SunWise, which aims to teach  children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure, SunWise suggests four simple steps:

· Slip on a shirt

· Slop on SPF 15+ sunscreen generously

· Slap on a hat

· Wrap on sunglasses

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That's Dr. Watson, to you
May 23rd, 2011
04:00 PM ET

That's Dr. Watson, to you

Instead of man versus machine (like the Jeopardy showdown), the makers of Watson, the supercomputer, are toying with how machine can help man - at the hospital.

After defeating his human rivals champions Ken Jennings and  Brad Rutter on Jeopardy earlier this year , Watson, the trivia-question answering supercomputer, is on a new task.

Watson, which has been in development for years, has the processing power of 2,800 "powerful computers," as a major advancement in machines' efforts to understand human language.   It juggles dozens of lines of reasoning at once and tries to arrive at a smart answer.

Medical staff at Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine are seeing if Watson could interact with health workers to help with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.   FULL POST


New Yorkers can't smoke outside at parks anymore
May 23rd, 2011
12:38 PM ET

New Yorkers can't smoke outside at parks anymore

Smokers in New York are no longer allowed to light up in parks.

The Big Apple's outdoor smoking ban began Monday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last year plans to expand smoking bans at parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas, to prevent the effects of secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke exposure 'striking' in the U.S. FULL POST


May 23rd, 2011
07:52 AM ET

How can we treat my boyfriend's unusual balding?

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

Asked by Tracy of Fort Wayne, Indiana

Hi. My boyfriend is 27 years old. Over the past two or three months, he has had an odd pattern of baldness. It started as a very small area (pencil eraser size) above his left ear, but it quickly spread upward as well as to the front and back. Right now, there is a very big (2-3 inches across) bald area on the left side of his ear. I heard that the usual, normal balding pattern is on the forehead, but haven't heard this type of balding. I was wondering what could have caused this and how can we treat it (if it can be treated). Thanks!
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