October 6th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Study: Pregnant women can drink.. a little

For years doctors have warned pregnant women not to drink, because studies had shown that consuming alcohol while carrying a child, could affect the baby's development after birth.

Now new research suggests that light drinking, such as a glass or two of wine a week, does not harm a young child.

Investigators found that youngsters of mothers who drank one or two 8 oz. glasses of alcohol a week during their pregnancies had no problems with their behavioral or intellectual development by the time they turned five. FULL POST

October 6th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Noisy workplaces could strain heart

Workers in constantly noisy workplaces were two to three times more likely to have serious heart problems as their peers in quiet workplaces, new research shows.

The association between noise and heart problems such as angina, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease was strong among workers under the age of 50, according to research published online in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, used data from 6,307 participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and relied on their self-reported exposure to loud noise in the workplace. Of the sample size, 21.2 percent reported being exposed to chronic occupational noise. FULL POST

October 6th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Could chemo drugs cause a second malignancy?

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 Ronda of Oklahoma:

My husband had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1990. He was treated with m-BACOD, then switched to CHOP. Now he is diagnosed with adenocarcinoma. His hematologist said that the chemo drugs long ago were mutagenic (which means what?) and cytotoxic (which means what?) and could have caused this second malignancy. Is this true?


October 6th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Stigma of mental illness remains

Despite the efforts of people in the public eye going public about their own condition and despite all of the public service campaigns the stigma attached to mental illness remains. And that's a shame, because there should be no shame in seeking treatment, no matter how severe.

The disappointing news was reported in September by the American Journal of Psychiatry, in an article titled, in part, “A Disease Like Any Other?”


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