September 9th, 2010
06:42 PM ET

FDA warns E-cig makers on stop-smoking claims

Distributors of 5 types of electronic cigarettes have been warned by the Food and Drug Administration that their products are considered unapproved new drugs and in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The FDA sent warning letters E-Cig Technology, Inc of Las Vegas, Nevada;  Gamucci America, Jacksonville, Florida; E-CigaretteDirect, LLC of Parker, Colorado; Johnson Creek Enterprises, LLC, Jackson Creek, Wisconsin; and Ruyan America Inc, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.


September 9th, 2010
04:02 PM ET

A decade short on fruits and vegetables

New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what you may already know– Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.  But you may be surprised by this:  The daily rate of consumption for both has not improved in the last decade, according to the figures.

In 2009, more than 32 percent of adults in the United States ate fruit at least twice a day. That figure has declined since 2000, when 34 percent of the population was meeting the recommended daily intake. Those numbers pale in comparison to the government's targeted objective of 75 percent of the adult population.


September 9th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

TEDMED: How making a movie is like curing cancer

Stand Up 2 Cancer co-founder, Hollywood producer and cancer survivor Laura Ziskin tells the TEDMED audience how   making a movie is like curing cancer. It'll require teamwork, she says, by strong, sometimes divisive personalities and single-minded focus on a common goal.

TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 will take place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.

Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Los Angeles for Stand Up 2 Cancer.  Watch for his report this weekend on "Sanjay Gupta, M.D."

Filed under: Cancer • TEDMED

September 9th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Sickle cell screening for college athletes is questioned

Testing all college athletes for sickle cell disease needs to be reconsidered, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center .

This is the first season in which all Division I college athletes will get screened for the sickle cell trait, in addition to their regular physicals. A new program adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is testing athletes to find out whether they carry the genetic mutation for sickle cell. The goal is to determine which athletes are more at risk for health complications or sudden death from intense exercise.


September 9th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Pediatricians urge mandatory flu vaccine for health workers

Everyone who works in a health care setting should be required get a flu vaccine, according to a policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Wednesday.

The AAP says the rate of doctors, nurses, emergency responders and other health care workers who participate in voluntary vaccination campaigns is "unacceptably low."


September 9th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

How did dengue fever get to the U.S.?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From: Rob, Bellport, New York

"Dengue fever in Florida, in a high tourist area. So how did that get here?"


Rob, thanks for your question. CNN has reported that cases of dengue fever have been reported this year in Florida, including several among Key West residents.

The simple answer to how dengue fever got to the United States is “mosquitoes.” Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes infected with one of four dengue viruses. A mosquito becomes infected when it bites a human who is infected with the virus, and then the mosquito spreads the virus to other uninfected humans when it bites them. Dengue cannot be spread from human to human, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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