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Lawyers go toe to toe over health care law
June 8th, 2011
09:23 PM ET

Lawyers go toe to toe over health care law

Like top boxing prospects warming up for a title fight, lawyers for and against the massive health care law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – staged a duel in Atlanta Wednesday, over whether the law is constitutional. Several cases are winding their way through the courts, but this one is the biggest – led by the state of Florida, joined by 25 other states. In March, Federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled that a key part of the law, the so-called individual mandate, is unconstitutional. The “individual mandate” is the requirement that individuals purchase coverage if they aren’t otherwise insured through a job, or through Medicare or Medicaid.

Attorney Paul Clement, representing the state of Florida, argued that the federal government can’t force people to buy a product – in this case, insurance. “In 220 years, Congress has never seen fit to use this power.” U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, defending the law, had a more complex case to make – that people without insurance are already part of the health care market – part of interstate commerce – except that when they end up needing care they don’t pay for it.

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Fighting the voices in my head
June 8th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

Fighting the voices in my head

Things have been a bit difficult lately, and I'm not sure why. Hawaii was great, training has been exhilarating, exciting and I feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. So what’s wrong?

It’s battling the voice that tells me to stay in bed when I hear the alarm go off at 4:30AM.

Battling the voice that tells me my body is too sore today and I need a day of rest (although it's in the middle of the week and I don't typically take weekdays off of training). FULL POST


June 8th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

Can my tailbone pain be cured?

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.

Asked by Will of Denver, Colorado

I am an average person - good health and slightly overweight. Last year on a dare/challenge from a friend I rode my bicycle 50 miles without any previous training. I successfully completed the 50 miles, although I had extreme pain in my tailbone following the ride. I assumed this was temporary and continued to live my life. However, a year or so later it still has pain when I sit down. I'm not sure where to start besides seeing my normal doctor. Is this something that can be cured or could I have done lifelong damage to my tailbone?
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The top-ranked diet may be one you've never heard of
June 8th, 2011
09:47 AM ET

The top-ranked diet may be one you've never heard of

The best diet as determined by U.S. News and World Reports is one you’ve probably never heard.  The publication, which regularly ranks best colleges, hospitals and cities, released its list of the best diets Tuesday.

The top diet is the DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, which contains foods lower in sodium and centers on veggies, fruits and low-fat dairy.  It was developed by the National Institutes of Health and doesn’t have the marketing firepower that commercial diets with now-svelte celebrities have.  The DASH made it to the top of the list, because of its nutritional completeness and safety.

 Sample menus for the DASH eating plan

Following closely behind DASH was the Mediterranean diet, the TLC diet (diet to improve cholesterol levels), Weight Watchers diet and the Mayo Clinic diet (heart healthy diet). FULL POST


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