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July 6th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Overheard: Contraceptives and Catholicism

Editor's note: Watch more of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interview with Melinda Gates on Sanjay Gupta MD on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Melinda Gates' response to the controversy surrounding her contraception program generated a flood of comments on CNN.com.

Many readers expressed support for Gates' work toward providing contraceptives to millions of women worldwide, especially in areas with high infant mortality and not a lot of contraception use.

"She is obviously a smart woman who understands how important it is for children to grow up in an environment where they are wanted and loved and receive enough parental attention. My hat is off to Melinda Gates," writes commenter PhyllisNorth. And ironman59 applauded the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for trying to "make it a better world for mankind."

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5 ways to run smarter
Runners should pay attention to their bodies when training and may need to take days of rest.
July 6th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

5 ways to run smarter

After completing more than 150 marathons, running coach Jeff Horowitz got sick of running himself ragged with 70 to 100-mile weeks during training.

In order to avoid injury and burnout, he designed a less-is-more, quality over quantity philosophy in his book "Smart Marathon Training." Adapt some of his principles into your triathlon training program.

1. Ditch the junk miles.

Only add workouts that have a purpose.
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Pediatric palliative care centers growing in the United States
July 6th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Pediatric palliative care centers growing in the United States

Editor's note: Dr. Barbara Beach is the co-founder and director of the George Mark Children’s House. Tune into Sanjay Gupta MD at 4:30 p.m. E.T. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. E.T. Sunday to learn more about pediatric palliative care in "The Gift of Charles."

It began with Jim. He was a big-hearted, courageous young man dying of cancer, and I was a young pediatric oncologist at the beginning of my career, not 10 years his senior. Jim simply wanted to die at home, in the company of his mother, away from the hospital where he had spent so many weeks and months battling his disease. Yet as hard as I tried, I wasn’t able to make his final wish possible.

I had pleaded with the insurance case manager to agree to provide one shift of home nursing per day so that his single mother could have the support she needed to care for him at home. I argued that providing limited home nursing would cost much less than 24 hour hospital care, but was told flatly that that was not how the system worked.

In my utter frustration, anger and tears, I determined that there had to be a better way to provide more compassionate end of life care.

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