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September 5th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Human Factor: From orphan to triathlete

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week we profile Scout Bassett, an amputee who went from living in a Chinese orphanage to competing in the 2012 Paratriathlon World Championships

The national championships are always an exciting and sometimes nerve-racking time. The title alone is enough to cause buzz.  Add in the Big Apple mystique and the event has a whole new dimension.

More paratriathletes race at the NYC Triathlon, host of the Paratriathlon National Championships, than any other triathlon in the U.S. Over the past five years, it’s incredible to see how far our sport has come and the tremendous growth that has transpired in paratriathlon.

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September 5th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

What are Mongolian spots?

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

Question asked by C.C. from Atlanta:

My newborn son has blue birthmarks on his back. The doctor called them Mongolian spots (but we are not Asian) and said they are found in darker skinned babies and not to worry. Our other kids didn't have them. What are they? Will they go away?
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Study: Kids exposed to secondhand smoke miss more school
September 5th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Study: Kids exposed to secondhand smoke miss more school

Children who live with smokers miss more school due to illness than those who live in households with non-smokers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers analyzed data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey that tracked, among other things, how many days of school children aged 6 to11 missed and the reason for their absence.

They found children living with one or more smokers in the home missed one to two more days of school per year on average, than those who lived with non-smokers.  The research suggests that families could reduce absenteeism by 24 to 34 % if smoking was eliminated from their households.

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