July 22nd, 2010
06:42 PM ET

Childhood cancer survivors at risk for stillbirths

Women who had pelvic radiation before puberty to treat their childhood cancers may be  more likely to have a stillbirth, according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet.

"The risk for stillbirth and neonatal death was related almost entirely to the young girls who were treated before puberty," says lead study author John Boice. The key factor to whether a female was at increased risk was whether  she received the radiation before her first period. According to the study, those treated with high doses of radiation to their uterus or ovaries before adolescence are 12 times more at risk for having a stillbirth.


July 22nd, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Sitting, even after workout, can cut lifespan

A new study debunks the theory that an hour of exercise a day is all you need to live a long life. Turns out, people who spend more time sitting during their leisure time have an increased risk of death, regardless of daily exercise.

American Cancer Society researchers tracked the activity levels and death rates in more than 123,000 healthy men and women for 13 years. They found women who spend over six hours a day sitting during leisure time (watching TV, playing games, surfing the web, reading) were 40 percent more likely to die sooner than women who spend less than three hours sitting. Men who spend more time sitting have a 20 percent increased risk of death. Essentially, those who sit less, live a longer life than those who don't.


Torn ACL may not always mean surgery
July 22nd, 2010
03:53 PM ET

Torn ACL may not always mean surgery

Tearing an ACL doesn't always mean a trip to the operating room, especially if you're young and active, researchers  report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The knee's ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, acts like a rubber band that connects your thigh bone to your leg bone. It provides stability to the knee especially when playing sports such as soccer, basketball or tennis that call for stopping, planting and pivoting. When it pops or tears it requires a trip to your doctor. FULL POST

July 22nd, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Woman with 2 uteruses carrying a baby in each

A woman who has been pregnant for more than 20 weeks is due to give birth to two babies. But they're not twins, because they’re growing inside separate uteruses and one is four days older.

Angie Cromar, a Murray, Utah, woman, was born with two uteruses, according to CNN affiliate KSL.  The condition is known as uterus didelphys.

Read and watch her video here.

CNN.com spoke with Dr. Peter Greenspan, an associate chairman in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, about the condition. He is not involved with Cromar's care.


July 22nd, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Vaginal births after C-section usually OK, docs say

Delivering a baby vaginally after a C-section is a “safe and appropriate choice” for most women, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said Wednesday.

The practice has been discouraged by many doctors and insurers in recent years.

Under the new guidelines, women who have had two previous C-sections or are carrying twins are among those now considered appropriate candidates for a vaginal birth after Caesarean, or VBAC.   Between 60 and 80 percent of women who attempt VBAC will be sucessful, the doctors said.


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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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