July 12th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Bigger brain may mean less Alzheimer's risk

Having a big brain is not just fodder for bragging about how smart you are. According to a new study, it may also mean less chance of developing Alzheimer's disease symptoms later in life.

The research, published today in the journal Neurology, found that among patients with Alzheimer's disease symptoms, those who had larger brains did better on cognitive tests - meaning their memory, and their ability to think and understand, was better.


July 12th, 2010
04:34 PM ET

He beat cancer but not Pamplona's bulls

After Michael Lenahan went through chemotherapy and recovered from testicular cancer, he decided he would do one thing every year that he'd always wanted to do.

In the summer of 2007, he and his brother went to Pamplona, Spain, for the Running of the Bulls - something his brother Lawrence had his mind set on, and that sounded exciting to the cancer survivor. Michael was 23, Lawrence was 26. The older brother told CNN in 2007 that it was also a trip to "celebrate life in a way a little bit more intensely."


July 12th, 2010
04:19 PM ET

Salsa, guacamole can carry an unhealthy kick, CDC says

Uh oh, salsa and guacamole lovers. Sure these two condiments are zesty and chunky – but be forewarned, they could be the culprits behind foodborne illnesses.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that 3.9 percent of foodborne outbreaks from 1998 to 2008 in restaurants were confirmed or suspected to be from salsa, guacamole or pico de gallo. FULL POST

July 12th, 2010
04:02 PM ET

How vitamins E, D may help the brain

A  lot of research in recent years has provided evidence both for and against individual vitamins and supplements helping to reduce risk of brain diseases common in old age. The consensus is generally that nothing is certain to work, as CNN reported in April.

But there continue to be hints that particular vitamins may carry benefits in this area, as three studies out this week suggest.


July 12th, 2010
01:28 PM ET

Haiti: 'Too much has remained the same'

Dr. Sanjay Gupta returns to Port-au-Prince  and is dismayed to find too little progress:  empty examining rooms, unpaid nurses,  few resources and heartbreaking, unnecessary death. Read more of his frustration.

Watch his full report tonight on "AC360," 10 p.m. ET.

Complete coverage of the Haiti earthquake on CNN.com.

July 12th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Could health workers suffer 'secondhand chemo'?

A pharmacist who spent decades mixing chemo, a poison used to stop cancer, wondered if her occupation which required her to mix those drugs caused her to develop the condition, reports InvestigateWest, an investigative journalism nonprofit.

Sue Crump who died of pancreatic cancer in September at age 55,"was one of thousands of health care workers who were chronically exposed to chemotherapy agents on the job for years before there were even voluntary safety guidelines in place,” according to InvestigateWest. FULL POST

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