July 21st, 2010
06:37 PM ET

Having a ball for a good cause

What do Eric Shanteau, Scott Hamilton, and Lance Armstrong have in common (besides being better athletes than most of us)? They’re some of the nearly 170,000 men living in the United States who have survived testicular cancer, which usually affects young men ages 15 to 40.

It’s not common but it is one of the most curable. According to the American Cancer Society, a man’s lifetime risk for developing testicular cancer is one in 300. His risk of dying from the disease is fortunately much lower, at one in 5,000. And once he has been declared to be “cancer free,”his five-year survival rate is roughly 95 percent or higher.

That’s a happy statistic for our foodie pals at Eatocracy. They’re celebrating a friend’s good news that he has beaten his own bout of the disease. To celebrate, they’re having a ball with some aptly themed recipes and asking for your favorites. Go ahead and share your own! And while you’re at it, now is the perfect time to remind the men in your life about the importance of prevention and screening for testicular cancer at least once a month.

July 21st, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Can vitamin B12 prevent mosquito-transmitted diseases?

From Peter Bartok, Houston, Texas

"Malaria is a major problem in the world. As a geologist I have done significant field work in malaria infested regions. Before doing work in Bolivia (several years ago) a doctor told me to take 1000 units of B12 three times a day. B12 exudes a mosquito repellent smell. During the six weeks I was there I was not bitten by mosquitoes. Can B12 prevent mosquito transmitted diseases? Thanks for being available."


July 21st, 2010
01:44 PM ET

FDA freezes long-term study on diabetes drug

A long-term study on the safety of a popular diabetes drug was put on hold Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, while the FDA considers whether it’s too dangerous to continue.  Several large studies have linked the drug, Avandia, to a higher risk of heart attacks and other heart problems. While other studies have not found the same risk,  last week an FDA advisory panel recommended that the drug not be sold without a stronger warning label or  possibly limits on who could receive it.


July 21st, 2010
01:30 PM ET

What is Glenn Beck's eye disorder?

Fox TV personality Glenn Beck announced last week that he has an eye disorder known as macular dystrophy and  “could go blind the next year."

Beck began to cry during the speech at his “American Revival” tour in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday.

“I know what my wife looks like,” he said. “I know what my children look like. I have a great imagination. I know what color looks like. But I love to read.”


Voice analysis may help ID autism early
July 21st, 2010
10:02 AM ET

Voice analysis may help ID autism early

Analyzing a child's voice may someday be a way to screen children for autism, according to a new study.
"What the study does is apply a technology that is capable of identifying sound differences in children's speech," says Steve Warren, a behavioral psychologist at the University of Kansas and one of the study's authors.

Researchers developed a new method for using an automated voice analysis system called LENA, which appears to pick out voice patterns of children with language disorders related to autism and language delay. FULL POST

July 21st, 2010
09:18 AM ET

Obese patients need larger, more costly supplies

Could the obesity epidemic be leading to a boom in business for U.S. specialty medical suppliers?

A June 2010 survey from the medical supply contractor, Novation, which includes hospitals in the University HealthSystem Consortium and VHA member health care organizations, found that a majority of the facilities had purchased at least one type of bariatric equipment including lifts, beds, stretchers or transfer devices to accommodate the rise in morbidly obese patients, people with a body mass index of 40 or greater. Nearly 80 percent of the hospitals also reported using special wheelchairs, walkers and blood pressure cuffs for larger patients. The supplies, though needed, are also very costly.


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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.

July 2010
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