September 15th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Google Health gets makeover

Google Health has gotten a redesign that makes this web tool more useful and straightforward for tracking your health.

When you first log in, you see a profile that can serve as your personal database for your health history. It is where you can keep track of the immunizations you've received, the allergies you have, the insurance you carry, and the medications you take. It's all in a handy portal.


September 15th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Stand Up To Cancer raises $80 million

Stand Up to Cancer announced today that it raised $80 million following the September 10th telethon, which aired on all four major broadcast networks and 14 cable networks.

CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta participated in the event, shining light on research into innovative new treatments such as a brain cancer vaccine, and epigenetic therapies.

Editors Note: You can find more information on Stand Up to Cancer and the research they are funding at standup2cancer.org

September 15th, 2010
04:21 PM ET

Study shows teens receive sex ed

Most American teens are well-educated about sex, with 97 percent saying they had received some formal sex education before the age of 18.

The data are part of a new report from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), part of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

"We wanted to update the facts on how many teens are getting formal instruction on sex education and how frequently," says report author Joyce Abma, Ph.D, in a podcast released in conjunction with the report. Abma is a demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics.


Kids courageous facing death
September 15th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

Kids courageous facing death

Adults facing serious or terminal illnesses often ask themselves "Why me?" But it's the rare child who has this reaction, says Dr. Sarah Friebert of Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

"The older we get, the more entitled we feel ... we sort of expect that we're going to live to be 100 or we’re going to be rich or we’re going to be this or we’re going to be that," says Friebert. "Kids don’t have that sense of entitlement; they sort of live in the present more than we do."


September 15th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

How Americans spend day: Eating, TV, socializing

Americans spend most of their non-work and non-sleep time in sedentary activities such as eating and drinking, followed by watching TV or movies, according to an analysis of time use.

On a given day, only 5.07 percent reported doing any vigorous intensity activity, according to the research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The survey was a snapshot of any day in America and should not be interpreted to mean that only 5 percent of people exercise, said study author, Catrine Tudor-Locke. FULL POST

September 15th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

FDA committee considers Meridia risks

Update: The FDA advisory committee has voted on Meridia with a split result (below).  The FDA will now take the advisory committee's recommendations into account and make a decision on what changes to make to the marketing and sale of Meridia in the U.S. market. 

Advisory committee vote

– 0 members: continued marketing with no changes
– 2 members: allow continued marketing and revise the current labeling to include a boxed warning about the increased risk for major adverse cardiac events and the need to closely monitor patients blood pressure, pulse and body weight
– 6 members: allow continued marketing and revise the current labeling to include a boxed warning and limit the use of Meridia through restricted distribution
– 8 members: withdrawal from the U.S. market

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is currently examining whether the diet drug Meridia should stay on the  market, amid concerns that it raises the risk of heart disease.

The drug, originally approved in 1997 was removed from the market in Italy in 2002 after several reports about its heart safety. It was re-released later that year, but only after a multi-national clinical trial was initiated to study the drug's risk profile.

According to briefing materials posted on the FDA's website, during the trial, the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients taking the drug was 11%, compared to a 10% risk in patients taking a placebo. FULL POST

What is the social mission for medical schools?
September 15th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

What is the social mission for medical schools?

What exactly is the mission of a medical school? Is it to train the best and smartest doctors? Is to tend to our nation’s health? Is it to further medical knowledge?

Go to the website of just about any medical school and you will see roughly the same “three-pillars” message from the dean, or the chairman, or the residency program director. Every medical school stresses their commitment to the triumvirate of education, research, and patient-care.

An interesting analysis of the “social mission” of medical schools comes in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers created their own three-pronged metric that measures three areas that are currently lagging in medicine: physicians working in primary care, physicians working in medically underserved regions, and physicians from minority groups. FULL POST

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September 15th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

What causes pyogenic granuloma?

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 David Howard, Shenyang, China

I'm an American living in China. Two months ago I had a pyogenic granuloma surgically removed from the palm of my hand. It had grown to about 2 x 3 centimeters in size and would often bleed. Now I have several (eight) small granulomas starting in the same general, but larger area. Could there be an alternative diagnosis or cause? FULL POST

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