Garlic breath? Drink some milk
August 31st, 2010
04:31 PM ET

Garlic breath? Drink some milk

Garlic breath. Whether you're on a date or about to give an important presentation, that strong odor can be hard to get rid of.

But now scientists say that there is an easy remedy: Milk.

Researchers at Ohio State University have a study in the Journal of Food Science that found both fat-free and whole milk reduced the concentration of the chemicals of garlic that make it smell so strong. Water was the major component of milk responsible for deodorizing the smelly remnants of garlic. Because of the fat content, whole milk worked better than fat-free milk.


August 31st, 2010
01:08 PM ET

Bipolar disorder: Your thoughts

When it comes to bipolar disorder in children, controversy abounds.

Who is really "bipolar," and who is reacting directly to circumstances in the family? Who should take medication, and who should try other interventions? Should we have different diagnoses for children who have extreme tantrums, or would new disorders simply lead to more kids on psychiatric medications?


August 31st, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Eating mix of fruits, veggies may cut lung cancer risk

We've all heard the expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." And for years, we've known that at least in spirit, it's  somewhat true. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutritionists say they contain ingredients that can fight off certain illnesses.

Now a new study, published this week in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, finds that eating a diverse diet of veggies and fruit can decrease your risk of developing lung cancer, especially if you are a smoker.


August 31st, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Ripple effect seen from rising C-sections in first-time moms

One in three first-time moms are now delivering their babies by Caesarean section, according to a new study.

This has a tremendous ripple effect because most of these moms are likely to have repeat C-sections, says lead study author Dr. Jun Zhang.  "C-section in first-time mothers is increasing and VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) is decreasing."

August 31st, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Are mood swings a sign of depression?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Question asked by Betty of Texas: Is it possible to have mood swings where one moment you are happy, then the next you can be sad? Is this a sign of depression? I do also have ADD as well but currently am not on medicine.


August 30th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

MS activity may vary with seasons

In the spring and summer months, some people with multiple sclerosis  are at a two to three times greater risk for disease activity, according to research published Monday in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study, led by Dominik Meier, Ph.D. of Brigham and Women's Hospital, examined MRI screenings and other data taken from 1991 to 1993.  This was before the availability of current traditional therapies to modify the course of the disease.  44 people aged 25 to 52 living in Boston participated in the study.  They had MRIs weekly to monthly over the course of a year. The researchers also included weather information in their study.  MRIs are the primary tools used to monitor the disease progress, as they show the scarring, also called lesions.


August 30th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

Children's ER visits for concussions double

The number of emergency department visits caused by children's concussions more than doubled in the last 10 years, despite an overall decline in sports participation, according to a new study released Monday.

Using data from a sample of U.S. hospitals that have emergency departments, authors Dr. Lisa Bakhos and her colleagues found that from 2001 to 2005, about 502,000 emergency visits came from concussions in children between the ages of 8 and 13 years of age.

Approximately half of these 500,000 emergency department visits were from concussions related to organized sports, according to the article published in Pediatrics.


August 30th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

How can I get earrings back into closed holes?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Question asked by Debbie of Ohio: My daughter got her ears pierced a few months ago and took the earrings out for a few hours today but now can't get them back in. Could the holes be closed up already? How can we get the earrings back in without it hurting too much? FULL POST

August 27th, 2010
06:53 PM ET

Charity's last hours: Brutal, beautiful

Five years after Hurricane Katrina battered Charity Hospital, pain and fear, hope and triumph, still echo through its walls.

The building is like a tomb, a thin film of dust covers relics from the last day the hospital was operational in 2005: patient logs, syringes, wheelchairs, gurneys, and Bibles with their pages curled and yellowing.

The hospital is pitch black on most floors, except where occasional slats of yellow light creep through unshuttered windows. It is eery, and quiet - nothing like when the hospital was open and bustling.

August 27th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

Medicare expands coverage of tobacco cessation counseling

Medicare will now pay for counseling for smokers who want to quit. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded coverage of tobacco cessation counseling, removing a barrier to treatment for smokers on Medicare.
Previously, Medicare covered counseling for only  smokers that had been diagnosed with a tobacco related disease or showed symptoms of one.   The program already covers the nicotine patch and gum.  The expanded coverage allows all tobacco users to get counseling from a qualified doctor or a "Medicare-recognized practitioner."  FULL POST

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