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Tri Challenge/Kendrick: I've come so far
Kendrick with his triathlon coaches Keith Klebacha and Mary Ann Sedor
August 3rd, 2011
05:24 PM ET

Tri Challenge/Kendrick: I've come so far

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.  During their last week before the race, we asked each of them the following questions: What's the biggest change you've seen in yourself since kick-off weekend? What are your personal goals for the tri?"

This weekend, "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." will be live from  New York at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Watch the culmination of  our team's training

I am less than one week away from my first triathlon and it has been an amazing six months. While there have been some setbacks and disappointments, I am glad that I took this first step.

The biggest change I have seen in myself has been increased confidence. I remember when I first met my trainers in January and was not sure that I could actually complete a triathlon. I was a bona-fide coach potato and remember how after a few strokes in the endless pool I was out of breath.

Last week in Lake Michigan, I swam almost a mile and was able to settle into a rhythm and regulate my breathing.

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Tri Challenge/Kas: This is just the beginning
Kas Seerla with her tri group in Naperville, IL
August 3rd, 2011
04:53 PM ET

Tri Challenge/Kas: This is just the beginning

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.  During their last week before the race, we asked each of them the following questions: What's the biggest change you've seen in yourself since kickoff weekend? What are your personal goals for the Tri?"

This weekend, "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." will be live from New York at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Watch the culmination of our team's training

Before I started writing this blog, I went and reread and my first blog on why I wanted to do a triathlon. I am proud to say that I pretty much achieved what I set out to do.

First, I did something new, hard and totally outside my comfort zone. Being a mom of two very young kids, you fall into a routine, and stick with what you know best. No time for surprises. That was me. I was doing the minimum of going to the gym, one hour a day, 2-3 times a week. Since the training started, my whole view of getting and being fit has taken a 180 degree turn. My body is able to handle 2-3 hrs of training at a stretch. I am able to take my bike and go for a spin outside with other moms. I was able to take my husband on his first bike ride after his knee surgery. I took my kids to a shallow river and let them play in it with me. My world has opened up as well as those around me.

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HIV infection rates mostly stable, increasing among young, gay black men
August 3rd, 2011
04:03 PM ET

HIV infection rates mostly stable, increasing among young, gay black men

The number of new HIV infections in the United States has remained steady, at around 50,000 cases a year over the past four years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The new data, published online Wednesday in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, show the largest increases were among bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM). Of that group, young, black men had what the agency called "alarming increases."

"More than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, about 50,000 people in this country still become infected each year," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "Not only do men who have sex with men continue to account for most new infections, young gay and bisexual men are the only group in which infections are increasing, and this increase is particularly concerning among young African American MSM."

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Hospitals need to do more to help moms breastfeed
August 3rd, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Hospitals need to do more to help moms breastfeed

Hospitals could and should do a lot more to help women succeed at breastfeeding, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Hospitals need to greatly improve practices to support mothers who want to breastfeed," says Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC's director. "If they don't, at current trends, it will take more than 100 years before every baby in this country is born in a hospital where the hospital fully supports a mother's desire to breastfeed." FULL POST


Kids' car seat tests reveal chemicals
August 3rd, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Kids' car seat tests reveal chemicals

More than half of 2011 model children’s car seats contain one or more potentially hazardous chemicals, but the seats fared far better than previous years, healthystuff.org found.

Healthystuff.org, a project of the environmental non-profit The Ecology Center, found “chemicals of concern” in 60% of the more than 150 seats tested, including brominated flame retardants, arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

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August 3rd, 2011
08:03 AM ET

Is a breast fibroadenoma a precursor to cancer?

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.

Question asked by Heena from Hyderabad, India
I had fibroadenoma [a benign breast tumor] and had it removed with surgery. I am 31 and I want to know if I can take precautions to prevent breast cancer or other related problems.
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