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If you build a supermarket, will they come?
July 11th, 2011
06:43 PM ET

If you build a supermarket, will they come?

Building supermarkets or grocery stores in so-called food deserts is not enough to improve the diets of people living in low-income or underserved neighborhoods, concludes a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study used data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study (CARDIA) that followed more than 5,000 adults, ages 18 to 30, for 15 years. The participants lived in one of four cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis,Minnesota; or Oakland, California.

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July 11th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

How does a newborn get to 16 pounds?

Jamichael Brown came into the world in a big way.

Weighing in at 16 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 24 inches long, he was delivered Friday at the Good Shepherd Medical Center, in Longview, Texas,  by caesarean section.

His mom, Janet Johnson, says she knew he would be big - expecting 12 pounds - but was surprised after delivery.

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Tri Challenge: I ran my first 10K at 58
July 11th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

Tri Challenge: I ran my first 10K at 58

Since January, six iReporters have been training in the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. We’re following along as they prepare to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the August 7 Nautica NYC Triathlon.

One year ago on July 4, I could not run for 90 seconds without being exhausted. This year on July 4, I ran my first 10K: the 42nd annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The operative word here is *ran.* I actually ran the entire course without any walking! I was exactly 58 1/2.

It had been my goal to do that, but knowing that the course was hilly (one section is affectionately billed as “Cardiac Hill”), I was not at all sure that it would happen. Not only was it going to be a hilly course; the heat was oppressive. Last year’s starting temp was 66 degrees; this year’s was 73, with sock-soaking humidity.

Last July 4 was quite different, however, and that has everything to do with why I am here today.

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Study: Bladder cancer patients get 'crummy care'
July 11th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Study: Bladder cancer patients get 'crummy care'

Patients with aggressive non-invasive bladder cancer aren't getting the care they need, according to a study published Monday in the online journal Cancer.

Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found 99% of patients with high-grade bladder cancer that had not reached the muscle weren't getting the recommended follow-up care.

According to medical billing records from 4,545 patients, only one patient got the recommended cancer care says Dr. Karim Chamie, lead author of the study.  He says he considered every recommended treatment regimen and was very lenient and inclusive as to how doctors interpreted specific treatment and surveillance options.
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July 11th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

My ear is clogged. Should I get antibiotics?

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

Asked by Nerisa from New York
I had a terrible cold that lasted about two weeks, and my right ear is still clogged with congestion. I find that it gets worse throughout the day, and I get that "popping" feeling when I blow my nose. Should I be on antibiotics?
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An agonizing secret: One woman's story of loss
The author before her hair loss began.
July 11th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

An agonizing secret: One woman's story of loss

Editor's note: Lisa O’Neill Hill is the co-owner of a writing, editing and consulting business in Southern California.

My long, thick red hair - the thing I liked most about my looks - began to fall out 5 years ago, when I was 37. I’d perpetually pick hair off my arms, my back, my car seat, my bathroom counter. My shower drain clogged easily. Running the vacuum meant enduring the smell of burning hair.

At first I thought the shedding was temporary and must be connected to a medical problem. I consulted eight doctors, endured dozens of blood tests and spent thousands of dollars. I secretly hoped I had a thyroid problem, a hormone imbalance, some kind of vitamin deficiency, even lupus. I needed an explanation. But all the tests came back negative.
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Secondhand smoke boosts kids' ADHD, learning disability risks
July 11th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Secondhand smoke boosts kids' ADHD, learning disability risks

Two new studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics look at how exposure to secondhand smoke affects American youths'  learning behaviors and their attitudes toward smoking.

The first found that children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home had a 50% increased risk of developing two or more childhood neurobehavioral disorders compared with children who were not exposed at home.

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