home
RSS
Gupta heads to Somalia, will miss triathlon
August 6th, 2011
07:21 PM ET

Gupta heads to Somalia, will miss triathlon

Months of planning and training have led to this weekend, the Nautica New York City Triathlon. But in the business of journalism, one cardinal rule is that well laid plans often change, some times at the last minute, for the sake of another plan, or another story that needs to be told.

Such is the case with this weekend. Dr. Sanjay Gupta planned to race the triathlon with six iReporters who have been training since February. But the devastating situation is Somalia demands the world's attention.  Gupta found out less than 36 hours before the start of the race that he'd be heading to Africa this weekend, and not jumping in the Hudson.

He'll be covering the famine and resulting humanitarian crisis in Somalia, alongside CNN's Anderson Cooper.

FULL POST


Diana Nyad says big swim is Sunday
August 6th, 2011
06:55 PM ET

Diana Nyad says big swim is Sunday

The big moment is here, distance swimmer Diana Nyad says. On Saturday she tweeted, "It's my time to be fearless."

If all goes according to plan, late Sunday or early Monday she'll begin her attempt to set a world record, swimming in the open water, without a shark cage, from Cuba to Key West, Florida. It's 103 miles; she expects it'll take at least 60 hours.

CNN is the only network accompanying Nyad, 61, on her swim. We'll be at  Nyad's Havana news conference on Sunday, then board one of Nyad's chase boats, and keep you up to date in real time or close to it.

In 1978, Nyad attempted this same swim. After just over 40 hours in the water, her team pulled her; high waves and strong currents had pushed her too far off course.  That experience has driven her toward this swim.  "Visions of 1978, those smashing 8-ft seas, flash through my brain. Not this time. Strong memories of the hardships of these past two years make me strong and determined not to waste all that disciplined time put in," she wrote in her blog Saturday.

Coming  on CNN: Diana Nyad's Xtreme Dream

Look for more reports on CNN.com and The Chart.

Follow @CNNHealth on Twitter


Kids and social networking: Pros and cons
August 6th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Kids and social networking: Pros and cons

Post this, comment on that. Social media are a part of the daily routines of many adults and children. And  the identifiable pros and cons of social networking among kids are beginning to emerge, according to a presentation at the American Psychological Association meeting.

"While nobody can deny that Facebook has altered the landscape of social interaction, particularly among young people, we are just now starting to see solid psychological research demonstrating both the positives and the negatives," said Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and technology researcher. FULL POST


Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.

Advertisement
Advertisement