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Steve Jobs: A difficult patient
October 25th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Steve Jobs: A difficult patient

All those vague statements about his health that Steve Jobs put out in the last few years caused endless speculation, as the world tried to read into what could really be going on.

But now, with the biography "Steve Jobs" with Walter Isaacson, we know that behind many of those optimistic statements was a cancer that was spreading from pancreas to liver, and finally to bones and elsewhere in the body. One of the biggest surprises is that while he received state of the art medical care, he went against doctors' orders many times.

When his pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor was first discovered in October 2003, doctors said he was lucky that it had been detected so early, and it could be removed before definitely spreading. But, in Jobs' own words, "I really didn't want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work." Those "other things" included a strict vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies, and other alternative techniques -  even consulting a psychic.

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Human Factor: Applying diet lessons to all of life
October 25th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Human Factor: Applying diet lessons to all of life

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 Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce shares her story of going from obese, self-conscious teen to beauty pageant winner.

Growing up as an overweight and eventually morbidly obese young girl, I faced many obstacles that some would think impossible to overcome. But not only did I lose over 110 pounds, I went on to win Miss South Carolina and the Lifestyle and Fitness preliminary award.

At 234 pounds, I never thought that within a few short years, after a lot of dedication, sweat, and tears, I'd be close to living what was my secret dream as a young girl.

On January 14, 2012, I will compete for the Miss America title at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. My struggles and triumphs over obesity have helped me inspire many across the world to believe in the power of their dreams.

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TEDMED: A whole bunch of genius
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne spoke about genome sequencing at TEDMED 2010.
October 25th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

TEDMED: A whole bunch of genius

Where can you learn about the latest innovations in technology, science, health and  medical research from the people behind the discoveries   some of the most influential thought leaders in their fields? At TEDMED, the annual meeting of minds taking  place this week at the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego.

CNNHealth will be there, blogging and tweeting and generally keeping you in the loop.

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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.

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