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More flu vaccine expected this year
August 18th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

More flu vaccine expected this year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anticipate more doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine will be available during this year's flu season compared to last year's.

"We are anticipating 166 million or so are likely to be produced this year, compared to 157 million last year," said Dr. Carolyn Bridges, the Associate Director for Adult Immunization with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.

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Study: To predict heart attacks, use images
For his special on heart disease, Dr. Sanjay Gupta undergoes a coronary calcium scan like the ones reported on here. Tune in Sunday night to learn his results.
August 18th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

Study: To predict heart attacks, use images

Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the signs, tests and lifestyle changes that could make cardiac problems a thing of the past on "The Last Heart Attack," Saturday, August 27,  8 and 11 p.m. ET.

Heart disease is the No. 1  killer in America, and the world.

Some people are at a very high risk of suffering a heart attack – those people may have high blood pressure or high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.  They also may be smokers or have a family history of heart disease.

Others are at extremely low risk – they’re young, athletic, eat healthy, and don’t have any of the risks above.

Will you have a heart attack? These tests can tell

But for all those millions of people at moderate risk, determining whether to take preventative medication just isn’t as clear as it could be, finds a new study published Thursday in the journal Lancet. FULL POST


August 18th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

The vaccines your college freshman needs

Most parents know what vaccines their children need and at what age they should receive them, but they may not realize that their college-bound offspring need specific inoculations too.

Each state has different vaccination requirements for students, so if your child is going to an out-of-state school, he or she may be missing a few required vaccines. Most colleges require measles, mumps and rubella varicella, which is chickenpox or proof of having had the disease, hepatitis B, and a tetanus booster, which is  necessary only if it's been 10 years since your last shot.
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Is charity sex better than no sex?
August 18th, 2011
01:21 PM ET

Is charity sex better than no sex?

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

Is pushing yourself when you’re not in the mood an investment in your relationship?

You may be bristling at the phrase “charity sex.” If you’re a woman, perhaps it brings to mind past, award-worthy, faked orgasms. Or maybe it reminds you of that time you bit your tongue and had sex because you were sick of hearing him ask for it. If you’re a guy, you might be thinking, “better than nothing.”
Or possibly, just possibly, you assume I’m referring to guilt-induced sex…... the sort you engage in because you feel bad for not throwing your partner a bone lately... the sort you suffer through, only to feel resentment later on.

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Tri Challenge: Life as a triathlete
August 18th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

Tri Challenge: Life as a triathlete

I did it, I really did it! I completed the NYC Triathlon, to the very best of my ability, and my homecoming week has been spectacular! The memories and emotions of this life-changing event will generate more than one blog, but right now I want to re-live the technical and physical highlights, starting with the days leading up to the event.

Each of us in the 6-Pack had local trainers, coaches that became friends along the way. The plan that my coach John gave me was simple, practical, and worked perfectly into my lifestyle. Each Sunday he e-mailed me a schedule of swim/bike/run workouts to do for the week. The activities were staggered, and I had freedom to switch them up if needed, but the easiest thing for me was to just do what he prescribed. We trained together at times, and he led me on my first 5-mile run and my first 20-mile bike ride.

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Modern life rough on men
August 18th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

Modern life rough on men

Didn’t men use to be more masculine? They were more ready  to fight back, right? They walked with more swagger, and just did more things their way.

Researchers can’t measure swagger – but they can measure testosterone, the male sex hormone most responsible for masculine behaviors – and studies show that testosterone levels in men have been on the decline for decades.

Two major studies have confirmed the phenomenon, one in U.S. men and another in Danish men. In the U.S. study, the total testosterone levels measured in men’s blood dropped approximately 22% between 1987 and 2004.

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Asking the right questions about health care
August 18th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Asking the right questions about health care

Thomas Pynchon once said: “If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, then they don't have to worry about the answers.”

Here’s the wrong question: Should we cut back on or even dismantle Medicare, or should we just keep raising taxes and let the deficit continue to increase unabated? Since neither choice is optimal, the debate - some say debacle - in Washington these past few weeks about how to deal with our rising deficit, much of which is due to rising health care costs, has polarized and paralyzed our country.

There is a third alternative: When we address the underlying causes of most chronic diseases - our lifestyle choices - our bodies have a remarkable capacity to begin healing, and much faster than was once realized. When we address these lifestyle causes, then we can make better care available at lower cost to more people. And the only side effects are good ones.
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