September 30th, 2010
06:55 PM ET

Could bad meat cause a positive drug test?

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Medical experts are divided over whether bad meat could result in a positive finding in a doping test.

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was provisionally suspended Thursday from competitive cycling by the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), after trace amounts of clenbuteral were found in the analysis of a urine sample taken during an in-competition test on July 21.

"It is a food contamination case of which I am the victim," the cyclist said, adding that the result was due to bad meat he and several other riders had eaten the day before the urine test. Read more here. FULL POST

September 30th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

South Asians have higher heart risks after transplant

South Asians have more than twice the risk  of  a major cardiac event after a kidney transplant compared with other selected populations, according to a study published Thursday.  And the lack of information about the unique cardiovascular health risks confronting South Asians may be resulting in preventable heart disease.

Dr. Ramesh Prasad, a nephrologist, or kidney disease specialist, noticed that his South Asian patients (descended from the Indian subcontinent) who got kidney transplants appeared to have many more heart attacks than patients of other ethnic groups.


September 30th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

TEDMED: Goldie Hawn works toward kids' happiness

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In the wake of 9-11, actress Goldie Hawn became concerned about the happiness of children and optimizing their state of being.

She brought together neuroscientists, doctors, educators, psychologists, and other experts in the field to create a curriculum for making children happy; increasingly important considering growing trends on childhood depression and school drop-out rates. The result was called MindUp, a way for children to get in touch with their emotions, manage stress, and enhance focus and learning.

The program appears to have worked. Children in this 15-lesson curriculum were better able to manage their levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, she said. They also had improved executive function.

Dr. Daniel Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, then speaks about how the educational system may be "imprisoning" children's brains. Kids, from very early on, can develop "mindsight," the ability to see the internal worlds of others and themselves. He looks at wellbeing as an integrated triangle of mind, brain, and relationships. Children should learn reflection as a skill, he says. Through mindsight, children can have more compassionate, empathic relationships, as well as enhanced insight and emotional balance.

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 will be attending TEDMED in October and his coverage of the conference will be featured in "Sanjay Gupta, M.D."

September 30th, 2010
01:16 PM ET

What might cause tongue pain?

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

From Anna, Washington, D.C.

“Is it possible to sprain/strain your tongue? I get shooting pains in my tongue. What can I take to stop the pain?"


September 30th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Mammograms effective from age 40, study says

Amid the controversy over the age at which women should begin having mammograms, a study from Sweden supports starting breast cancer screening at age 40.

That conclusion goes against the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued guidelines recommending against mammograms for women ages 40 to 49. The announcement of those guidelines sparked an uproar among advocacy groups. Later, the task force said it had communicated the guidelines "poorly," and emphasized that women should still be able to choose to have mammograms at age 40 - it just shouldn't be automatic.


September 30th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

Living with early onset Parkinson’s

Five to 10 percent of the estimated 50,000 Americans who get a new Parkinson’s diagnosis each year are under the age of 50. It’s called “early onset Parkinson’s."

Two people suffering from “early onset Parkinson’s" shared their stories with CNN Radio’s Jim Roope.

Mike Weinman's condition was diagnosed when he was 36 years old. He’s been living with this progressive disease for 10 years. “Do I think I got screwed? Yeah, bottom line,” said Weinman. “But you have to look at what you have instead of what you don’t.”


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