August 23rd, 2010
05:24 PM ET

Answers sought after ill football players dropped 'like flies'

To have 19 seemingly healthy high school football players simultaneously come down with a rare muscle syndrome during practice, in which one athlete described his teammates as “dropping like flies,” is baffling, said an orthopaedic surgeon.

Last week, McMinnville High School football players were hospitalized after an intense practice. Three required surgery after feeling swelling in their arms, according to CNN’s affiliate KATU.

The McMinnville, Oregon, players had “compartment syndrome,” which occurs when pressure within a muscle group, called a compartment, increases to an abnormally high level. The Mayo Clinic likens that pressure to a shaken soda bottle. FULL POST

August 23rd, 2010
12:43 PM ET

What does your doctor hear when you talk?

Whenever a patient asks me about the side effects of a particular medication, I point to the very long roster of symptoms listed for the drug. “It’s anything any patient has ever experienced,” I say, then try to help prioritize the symptoms into the more common ones versus the rarer ones.

This list has always represented for me the presence of the patient’s voice in medicine. It turns out, though, that this is not the case. Not long ago I was reading article in the New England Journal of Medicine, and I learned that these side effects listed on the package insert are not the ones the patient actually complains of. No, they are the symptoms the patients’ doctors choose to report, the doctors’ impressions of what the patients are describing.


August 23rd, 2010
12:38 PM ET

How arthritis fighter may help Alzheimer's

Sometimes the body's response to certain diseases appears to protect against other ailments. For example, scientists have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis tend to have a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease than the general population.

Researchers at the University of South Florida believe that the connection between these two conditions may lead to a treatment for Alzheimer's. They found that a protein released in rheumatoid arthritis helped mice recover from cognitive problems of Alzheimer's.

Their study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Research, looked at the protein GM-CSF, which naturally occurs in the human body in response to arthritis.


August 23rd, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Rectal cancer up among younger adults

A new study finds rectal cancer rates are rising among adults under 40, the journal Cancer reported Monday.

Using National Cancer Institute data, the study found cancer rates remain low but are increasing among both men and women and across racial groups.

Dr. Joshua E. Meyer, the study’s lead author, says doctors should consider rectal cancer as a real though remote possibility when assessing patients with bloody stools or other abnormal bowel movements.


August 23rd, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Daughter turning eye inward worries mom

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

Question asked by Angela Wiser of Glenarm, Illinois: My 3-year-old daughter has a trick. She can turn her right eye completely inward at will. We noticed it when she was an infant and have taken her several times to a pediatric ophthalmologist. He checked her out, dilated her pupils and suggested that there was nothing wrong, especially now that she has control over it. Should I stop worrying about it now, or go get a second opinion (the second opinion would be quite a drive)?


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August 2010
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