October 7th, 2010
08:22 PM ET

Pfizer recalled 191,000 bottles of Lipitor for odor

Pfizer has announced it recalled seven lots of its blockbuster cholesterol fighting drug Lipitor in August.  The recall,  in the U.S. and Canada, was due to reports of an "uncharacteristic odor related to the bottles in which the product is packaged," the company said in a statement.

A total of 191,000 bottles of Lipitor were recalled, according to Rick Chambers, a Pfizer spokesman, who provided a written statement to CNN.

When asked about the timing of the announcement, Chambers explained that the recall notice was posted on the FDA site on Thursday. In his statement, Chambers said the recall included, "three additional lots of atorvastatin [the generic name for Lipitor] that Pfizer supplied to a Canadian company."  He added, "All the lots were packaged in the same batch of bottles from a third-party supplier." FULL POST

October 7th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Teens with eating disorders may also self-injure

Adolescents with eating disorders may also be harming their own bodies by cutting or burning themselves, a new study finds.

The study, in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that about 41 percent of patients with eating disorders engaged in self-injurious behaviors. Because patients with eating disorders aren't always screened for harming themselves by self-injury, that number could be much higher, said study author Dr. Rebecka Peebles.


October 7th, 2010
03:38 PM ET

NY officials: Take soda out of food stamp program

Take sugary drinks and soda out of items eligible for purchase through food stamps, New York officials said Thursday.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to exclude sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas and sports drinks from food stamp eligibility, because of their effects on obesity.  Under the New York proposal, city food stamp recipients would not be able to buy soda using food stamps for two years.

“This initiative will give New York families more money to spend on foods and drinks that provide real nourishment,” Bloomberg said in a press release. FULL POST

October 7th, 2010
03:35 PM ET

CDC: Achy joints on the rise in U.S.

More than one in five adults in the U.S. have arthritis or other joint-damaging conditions, and the ongoing obesity epidemic may be partly to blame, according to a report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Roughly 50 million U.S. adults have some form of arthritis, the report estimates. That number includes people with osteoarthritis, which is typically caused by aging, as well as those with other, less common conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Health.com: 10 food tips for pain patients

The report was based on a national survey conducted between 2007 and 2009. Overall, 9.4 percent of adults said that arthritis prevented them from doing everyday activities. That’s up from 8.8 percent four years earlier – an increase that’s outpacing forecasts made by CDC researchers in 2006.


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October 7th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Will eating carrots help my eyes?

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

From Anna Beth in Dayton, Ohio

“Are carrots actually good for your eyes or is that just a “mom’s tale?”


October 7th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

TEDMED: 'Patients Like Me' inspired by brother's ALS

Engineer Jamie Heywood founded the ALS Therapy Development Institute after his brother Stephen found out he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The organization is committed to research on the disease.

Because of Stephen's journey as an ALS patient, Jamie became inspired to co-found a website called PatientsLikeMe, a way for people to connect with others who have battled various health conditions. When Heywood gave this talk in 2009, the site had 45,000 patients sharing information about themselves.


October 7th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

Very early results are in for flu vaccine

It's time to get a flu shot, and unlike a year ago, the vaccine is readily available and providing good coverage for the types of flu viruses circulating, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Flu activity was low this summer, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and the strains of flu that have emerged in some sporadic outbreaks are all contained in this year's seasonal flu vaccine.

Last year at this time, the first H1N1 vaccines were just starting to trickle out.  A separate flu shot and spray had to be produced because the seasonal flu vaccine didn't not include protection from the then-new pandemic H1N1 flu virus. That's because the new virus emerged after production of the seasonal flu vaccine began.


October 7th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

More faithful, more fit?

Church groups emphasizing the importance of exercise inspired formerly sedentary older African American women to get fit, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The "Sisters in Motion" study used a cornerstone of the African American community – faith – as a tool to promote physical activity among African American women, a group considered to be one of the least physically active in the U.S., according to Dr. O. Kenrik Duru, a primary care physician at University of California, Los Angeles and the study's lead researcher.

"Older African American women are very religious and spiritual. I think over 90 percent pray every day," said Duru, "When you're targeting community members like this, you want to focus on strengths."


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