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Surgery separates twins joined at hip
September 14th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Surgery separates twins joined at hip

Doctors at a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital have separated eight-month-old twins who were connected by their pelvis and lower spine.

The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital announced that they successfully operated on Joshua and Jacob Spates about two weeks ago. The twins remain in the intensive care unit, according to the hospital.

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MRSA in U.S. becoming resistant to over the counter ointment
September 14th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

MRSA in U.S. becoming resistant to over the counter ointment

Frequent use of over-the-counter anti-bacterial ointments in the United States may be leading to a new, antimicrobial resistant strain of MRSA, a study published Wednesday in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s monthly peer-reviewed journal.

Japanese researchers made the finding after testing 259 MRSA strains for susceptibility to bacitracin and neomycin, two of the antibacterial ingredients commonly found in over-the-counter ointments like Neosporin and Polysporin. Resistance to bacitracin and neomycin was only found in USA300, a type of MRSA found in the United States.

Masahiro Suzuki, with the Aichi Prefectural Institute of Public Health in Nagoya, Japan, said the triple antibiotic ointment is rarely used outside North America. That led his research team to conclude there may be a link between the frequent use of the over-the-counter treatment and the this MRSA strain becoming antibiotic-resistant.

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September 14th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

Diana Nyad's 'Xtreme Dream'

Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta follows Diana Nyad as she attempts to break a world record, swimming without a shark cage from Cuba to Florida after 30+ years of not swimming. Tune in to DIANA NYAD XTREME DREAM, Saturday September 17 at 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., and Sunday September 18 at 2 a.m. ET. Sanjay Gupta MD airs Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

For over a year, CNN producers Jennifer Hyde and Matt Sloane followed Nyad’s tenacious pursuit of the XTREME DREAM. In the pre-dawn moments before Diana’s boats arrived in Key West on August 9, Hyde had a special perspective on the scene, the emotions, the lessons learned and the meaning of the effort.

6 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Off the coast of Key West, Florida

As the sun rises, the 75-foot yacht Bellissimo nears shore in Florida, but not as hoped: 61-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad is now on board and no longer in the water.

Throughout the vessel, handlers and drivers, photographers, friends and family members are huddled in chairs, under tables and across the decks, catching a few moments of sleep after an emotional night and an exhausting journey.
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Mall walkers lose weight, get healthy
September 14th, 2011
06:38 AM ET

Mall walkers lose weight, get healthy

Editor's note: September 19 begins "Every Body Walk Week," when the medical community is teaming up with local organizations to encourage people to simply walk more. Walking just 15 minutes a day can increase your life expectancy by 3 years.

I’m passionate about walking. I know that may sound odd to some but I’ve never really enjoyed running long distances or the crazy dance routines they make you do at health clubs.

I walk because it makes me feel alive, energized and ready to take on the day, regardless of what the day has in store for me. I have a group of friends that share my passion for walking, and we call ourselves the Iverson Mall Walkers.
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