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November 3rd, 2010
04:19 PM ET

Starlet's death spurs interest in bone marrow donation

The death of a young star of the Broadway's "The Lion King" has drawn attention to the lack of bone marrow donors, especially for minorities.

The news that Shannon Tavarez,11, had passed away, prompted  some CNN.com readers to pledge to sign up to donate.

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November 3rd, 2010
01:12 PM ET

What are the health risks of asbestos?

Asbestos-related health concerns forced the closure Tuesday of  New York's Madison Square Garden and the postponement of a  Knicks' game.  During overnight maintenance at Madison Square that included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic, "some debris fell into the arena," according to a statement released by the team.

Microscopic asbestos  fibers can embed in lung tissue and  can cause serious lung diseases and respiratory problems. FULL POST


November 2nd, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Changes coming to Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers in the United Kingdom has unveiled a new points system and American users can expect changes too.

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October 29th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Fitness digest: Behind the fat-in-soda ads and elusive diet drugs

Diet pills to treat obesity are like unicorns and fairy godmothers - they don't really exist.  The FDA scuttled another weight-loss drug this week.  Here's another myth - a YouTube video went viral warning that drinking soda every day would make you gain 10 pounds.  Viewers got to see a man chugging dollops of fat.   Disgusting? Yes, but was it true?

Here are some of the  interesting, quirky or  bizarre diet-and-fitness items this week.   Tell us your suggestions for interesting stories, posts or websites that caught your eye. FULL POST


Bedbugs attack U.N. and other health headlines
October 28th, 2010
04:18 PM ET

Bedbugs attack U.N. and other health headlines

Bedbugs are no fan of the United Nations.  They've been making a home at some of the chairs at the international organization. Along with their march toward world domination, a few other headlines caught our eye this week:  news about pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest; who is and isn't getting a flu shot; and the drinking habits of smart people.

A few quick hits:

UN infected by bedbugs

It’s not enough for the bedbugs to take over Manhattan.  It turns out they want to invade the United Nations too.

Over the weekend, dogs detected bedbugs in conference room chairs at one office building in the complex. A U.N. spokesman said in a briefing Wednesday that the infested chairs were fumigated and none of the building occupants have reported bites. FULL POST


Health news recap and what’s unfolding now
October 26th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

Health news recap and what’s unfolding now

From cholera sickening thousands in Haiti to American college students buzzing from a concoction of caffeine and alcohol, here are the some of the biggest health news unfolding this week.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti and Nigeria

Officials are trying to contain a cholera outbreak that already has killed 259 people and sickened 3,000 as the disease spreads through the earthquake-ravaged nation where tens of thousands of people are still living in tent cities.  And the disease is also spreading in Nigeria Cholera can be deadly within hours.

People are sending in iReports on the cholera outbreak.  If you're there, we want to hear from you.  FULL POST


October 22nd, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Fitness digest: Steve Harvey's detox, running pains, energy drink banned

Every Friday, we'll give a Web shout-out to interesting, quirky or  bizarre diet-and-fitness items. Tell us your suggestions for interesting stories, posts or websites that caught your eye.

If you want to win, suck it up.

Writing about the art of pain, New York Times’ Gina Kolata finds superathletes are able to manage and push through pain.   That mental tenacity and pain coping separates "the mortals and immortals in running.”

Several accomplished athletes told the Times they were willing to endure the worst pain and do “whatever it takes to win the race.” FULL POST


October 22nd, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Diabetes numbers expected to triple by 2050

One in three American adults is projected to have diabetes by 2050, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday.  An aging population, diabetics living longer and the increasing number of at-risk minorities are the main factors contributing to the rise according to the report.  However the prevalence of obesity in the United States also plays a role.

“Obesity is a significant contributor to the new cases of diabetes. It is certainly a factor,” Ann Albright, director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation tells CNN.

Currently 1 in 10 adults has diabetes and the CDC estimates about 23.6 million people in the United States are living with the disease. 

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Breaking down whooping cough
October 21st, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Breaking down whooping cough

Pertussis, or whooping cough, which has claimed its 10th death in California, is caused by bacteria that can lead to severe upper respiratory infections.  Here's what you need to know.

What are the signs?

Whooping cough's symptoms are hard to distinguish from the common cold - runny nose, congestion, sneezing, red, watery eyes, a mild fever and coughing.  The coughs may have a high-pitched "whoop" sound when the sick person is trying to draw in the next breath of air.

But whooping cough might be a misleading name because many people — particularly infants (who have been mainly affected by this outbreak) — don't develop the characteristic whoop. FULL POST


NFL head injuries prompt fines, brain concerns
October 20th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

NFL head injuries prompt fines, brain concerns

The National Football League has fined three players $50,000 to $75,000 for violent helmet-to-helmet hits - which have been known to be devastating for players.

The league has been criticized for being too lax with head blows and the league's new medical committee members earlier this year  vowed to change that culture.

After several players were injured Sunday in what some fans and observers perceived as a particularly violent weekend of football, the NFL pledged on Tuesday to be more vigilant about ejecting and/or suspending players who have made flagrant hits.

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