July 8th, 2010
05:11 PM ET

What is being done to alleviate stress in the Gulf?

As a feature of CNNHealth.com, our team of expert doctors answers readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Tinley Park, Illinois

"Can you address problems of depression and hopelessness of many unemployed workers in the Gulf? What is being done to help these people cope?"


July 8th, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Visiting brain-damaged mom, a collision of instincts

I am not sure which instinct took over first. When I heard the story of Abbie Dorn, I remember listening with my "head" as a neurosurgeon, and also listening with my "heart" - as a dad. Like you probably will, I thought of Abbie's three children. I have three of my own.

Abbie was young, recently married, and wanting to start a family. It did not happen easily. She underwent IVF, and was finally told she was pregnant. Triplets. It was the most exciting day of her life.  Abbie's mother told me all of this, because Abbie cannot. You see, something went terribly wrong during the delivery. There was bleeding, more than two liters. Abbie's heart failed, and for too long her brain went without oxygenated blood.


July 8th, 2010
02:08 PM ET

Haiti health care improving, still dicey

Access to health care has improved in Haiti, but the everyday situation remains precarious for thousands of Haitians nearly six months after a devastating earthquake struck the country, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The medical humanitarian organization released a report on Thursday, outlining its response to the disaster and current living conditions for Haitians.


July 8th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

High school smoking down but still 1 out of 5

Although smoking rates among high school students have declined since the late 1990s, one out of five high school students are reported as current cigarette users, according to new data published Thursday by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

Analysis of nationwide high school survey data showed that smoking rates declined in the late 1990s at a steeper pace than those during recent years. In 1999, 35 percent of high school students smoked. Ten years later, that number has dropped to nearly 20 percent. However, a nationwide goal set under the Healthy People 2010 initiative was trying to reduce the number of teenage smokers down to 16 percent, which wasn’t met.

July 8th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

World Cup can stress your heart

As soccer fans around the world brace themselves for the final battle between the Netherlands and Spain in the 2010 World Cup, they should be mindful that getting too excited or stressed out over a team can carry health risks.

A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that watching a stressful soccer match during the 2006 World Cup more than doubled the risk of a cardiovascular event. Researchers looked at cases of patients in the area of Munich, Germany, whom emergency physicians had assessed during the World Cup.


July 8th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Parents be warned: Your kids may be 'Robo tripping'

There's a trend among kids, dubbed "Robo tripping," and it's not the latest dance. In fact, "Robo tripping" is one of several colloquialisms used to describe getting high from - of all things - cough medicine.  (Get it? "Robo" or Robitussin.)

The high comes from ingesting large doses of dextromethorphan, found in over-the-counter cough suppressants such as syrups and lozenges.


July 8th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

CDC tracks health in Gulf, finds no trends yet

Surveillance data tracking illnesses and injuries related to the Gulf Coast oil disaster do not indicate any trends that require further public health investigation at this time, according to a web page established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC works with state and local health departments from the five affected Gulf states to monitor public health. It uses two national surveillance systems to track symptoms related to the eyes, skin, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, including worsening of asthma, cough, chest pain, eye irritation, nausea, and headache. FULL POST

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