September 8th, 2010
04:32 PM ET

Angelina Jolie: Help people in Pakistan

Angelina Jolie is urging the world to remember the people in Pakistan.

The victims of the devastating floods are resilient but they need additional help, the actress and humanitarian told CNN"s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta in an interview from Islamabad on Wednesday.

"They deserve dignity and assistance and we have to treat them with respect and try to preserve what we can of their livelihood and their future."

Jolie is in Pakistan as the personal envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.

Watch the entire Jolie interview by clicking on the video window above.

Filed under: Global Health

September 8th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

Ghostwriting misled thousands about HRT, analysis says

Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to ghostwriters to write misleading information about hormone therapy, promoted benefits and downplayed the negative effects of hormones, according to an analysis published in PLoS Medicine.

The analysis by Dr. Adriane J. Fugh-Berman of Georgetown University Medical Center says that Wyeth, now part of Pfizer, manipulated media messages when it used ghostwriters to insert desired messages into articles published in medical journals.


September 8th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Does eating gluten cause eczema?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the
American Cancer Society.

Question asked by L. Rodriguez, Orange County, California

I have suffered from eczema for many years. I changed doctors last year and she thinks that my skin condition may be a result of being allergic to gluten.

Since I have an HMO, she cannot test me for the allergy because they will not pay for it. I have tried going gluten free and the skin condition got better but did not go away. Is there anything that I can do to be sure I was given the proper diagnosis before completely changing my diet and life? FULL POST

September 8th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

FDA to consider OK of genetically engineered salmon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected later this month to decide whether to approve genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. If OK'd it would be the first genetically modified animal permitted by the food safety agency.

A company, AquAdvantage Salmon, has injected growth hormones into Atlantic salmon that enable the fish to reach maturity in half the  normal growth time,  16 to 18 months rather than 30 months.

The FDA  in its analysis released last week, wrote: “We therefore conclude the food from AquAdvantage Salmon… is as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon and that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from the consumption of food from this animal.” FULL POST

September 8th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Chemical linked to rise in kids' cholesterol

A new study published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics suggests that a group of chemicals called "perflorocarbons" can raise bad cholesterol levels in children.

Researchers looked at blood samples of more than 12,000 children, who lived in an area where the drinking water was contaminated with PFOA – one type of perflorocarbon – from a DuPont Chemical factory in Wood County, West Virgina.  The study was completed by the C8 Health Group, formed to study the environmental effects of the contamination from the plant,  and was commissioned as part of a class-action settlement.


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