June 11th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

Suspended animation as emergency medicine?

By Caleb Hellerman
CNN Medical Senior Producer

A scientist known for so-called suspended animation research has a new paper hinting at a way to improve the survival odds of trauma victims and people undergoing major, risky surgery.

Biologist Mark Roth and two colleagues tested the ability of two types of organisms – garden worms and yeast – to survive extreme cold. After 24 hours at temperatures just above freezing, 99 percent of both the worms and the yeast were dead.


June 11th, 2010
02:55 PM ET

Three questions with Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins is a giant, figuratively and literally, in the world of medicine. Standing 6 feet 5, with floppy, boyish hair and soft-spoken enthusiasm, Collins is one of two scientists – Craig Venter is the other – whose race to find the blueprint of human DNA, ended in a virtual tie – 10 years ago, this month. Today, Collins is director of the National Institutes of Health. He spoke with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the promise and frustrations of genetic research, his sometimes-controversial religious faith and about the thorny question of whether drug companies should own the information in our DNA. He also shared his concern that the United States is losing its leadership role in medical research, to countries like China and India.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Are those our biggest competitors?


June 11th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

FDA panel urges OK of first oral MS drug

By Georgiann Caruso
CNN Medical Associate Producer

An FDA advisory committee on Thursday recommended approval of the first oral treatment for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

The decision paves the way for final FDA approval of  FTY720 or fingolimod before the end of September as a first-line choice for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.


Adolescents and adventure: How much is too much?
June 11th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Adolescents and adventure: How much is too much?

The fact that Sutherland has been located is cause for celebration, but the concern and activity surrounding the search for a teenager allowed to sail alone across oceans brought this question to many people’s minds: Is this a good idea?


June 11th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

'Organic' labels may make you underestimate calories

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

"Organic" doesn't mean "low-calorie," but people still treat organic products that way, according to a new study to be published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making.

Popular culture has promoted strong associations between the concepts of "organic" and "healthy," leading some consumers to believe that organic foods have fewer calories than their non-organic counterparts, the study said. This may also lead people to make choices about foods that are counterproductive to maintaining or achieving a healthy weight. Study authors Jonathon Schuldt and Norbert Schwarz at the University of Michigan did two studies examining this point.


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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.

June 2010
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