Love may be as good as morphine
October 13th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Love may be as good as morphine

That rush of good feelings you have in the first few months of being in love don't just put you in a better mood; love may actually be a painkiller, researchers suggest in a new study in the journal PLoS ONE.

"Finding pleasure in activities, and with the one you’re with, can have multiple benefits, including reducing your pain," said senior author Dr. Sean Mackey, chief of the Division of Pain Management at Stanford University School of Medicine.


October 13th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

U.S. Hispanics living longer than white and black Americans

Hispanics in the United States live longer than non-Hispanic whites and blacks, according to new data from the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics.

The statistics, which were collected in 2006 from death certificates reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying U.S. territories, found Hispanic people on the average, outlive both non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks by almost eight years.

The report noted life expectancy for Hispanic men at birth was almost 78 and if they reached 65, their life expectancy shot up to 84. For women it was a little higher: From birth, 83 years, and after 65, to 87 years. In non-Hispanic white males, life expectancy from birth was almost 76 years of age and 82 years if they reached the age of 65. For non-Hispanic black males, those numbers dropped significantly to 69 years of age at birth and 80 years after they reach 65. FULL POST

October 13th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Breast cancer: High risk of recurrence

This week, Amanda Enayati shares the milestones of a life-altering journey that began the day she learned she had late-stage breast cancer more than three years ago.

Stanford Cancer Center, where I have been treated since I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer with a 9-centimeter tumor and spread to two lymph nodes in August 2007, is strictly high end. It has a mix of shiny golden blonde and medium brown wood floors, elegantly broken up by exquisite imported marble tiles and rich, patterned brown and caramel carpets. The lobby has high ceilings with large windows that let in a ton of natural light. The furniture is chic and understated in butters, tans, smoky oranges and bronzes. Expensive art hangs against large swaths of creamy white wall.

A shiny black grand piano graces the corner as you walk in. There’s usually classical music playing, sometimes even a harp. Today, a female cellist plays a hopeful passage.

A few times a week masseuses come to give free massages to patients and family members. There are valets out front waiting to whisk your car away if you can’t be bothered to park it yourself. I have heard horror stories about some of the other top cancer centers around the country, and I am truly grateful for all this cheer and opulence.

By the time I arrive at the Cancer Center for my six-month follow-up appointment, I have worked myself into such a state that I am literally shaking and can’t make myself stop. It’s as if I were standing in the middle of a snow bank in a bikini.

I was told at the very beginning of this surreal ordeal that I will be at high-risk of recurrence for the rest of my life. I am young. I am hopeful that the rest of my life will amount to a handful more decades, though each time I dare look them up, the five-year survival rates claim otherwise.


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October 13th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

'Alive' survivor to miners: 'Tell your story, but live your life'

Presumed dead, Ramon Sabella and 15 others survived a 1972 plane crash in the treacherous, sub-zero Andes Mountains for more than two months. The world was stunned to learn that he and members of his rugby team had been able to live in the mountains despite shortage of food, brutal cold and avalanche threats.

Their unlikely tale of perseverance in the face of extreme adversity brought immediate attention and intense curiosity.

After their rescue, so extreme was the attention from reporters and photographers who followed Sabella that he found cameras in his hospital bathroom. FULL POST

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