June 16th, 2010
04:32 PM ET

Millions more lacking health insurance in 2009

By Ann J. Curley
CNN Medical Assignment Manager

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 46.3 million people in the United States of all ages — that’s 15.4 percent of survey participants — lacked health insurance in 2009 at the time of their interview. That’s 2.5 million more without insurance compared with the 43.8 million participants who indicated they lacked health insurance in 2008.

However, the CDC reports the  percentage of children who were uninsured for at least part of the year has decreased from 18.1 percent in 1997 to 12.8 percent in 2009. The rate was 13.3 percent in 2008. The percentage of kids without health insurance for at least part of the year has remained fairly stable, ranging from 12.6 percent to 13.3 percent since 2004.


June 16th, 2010
01:10 PM ET

Vuvuzelas deafen and swell lips

By Madison Park
CNNhealth writer/producer

Cape Town, South Africa  (CNN) -  Lips don't lie.

If you're looking for the culprits who've killed your hearing at the World Cup, just look for swollen lips.


June 16th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

Mate choice influenced by others

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

You may have found a celebrity more attractive after reading that he or she is in a good relationship. Or maybe you've paid a little more attention to someone in your social circle after you've seen a significant other on his or her arm.

A new study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggests that humans, like fish and birds, engage in "mate copying," meaning another person's successful search for a partner can influence your own mate preference.


June 16th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Cell phone sellers must state radiation in San Fran

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

Stores in San Francisco, California, must provide information how much radiation gets emitted by the phones they sell, according to a law that the Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday.

The rule, expected to gain final approval next week, would go into effect in February 2011. This makes San Francisco the first city to enact such a policy.

This announcement comes in the wake of controversy over results from the large Interphone study, sponsored by the World Health Organization, that looked at a possible link between cell phones and brain cancer.

Read more about it from CNN.com

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June 2010
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