October 15th, 2010
08:25 PM ET

Military blood test may detect mild brain injuries

Military medical researchers are optimistic that they have developed a blood test that can detect if someone has suffered a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury.

"This is a breakthrough" says Col. Dallas Hack, director of the Army's Combat Casualty Care Research Program.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a big concern for the military, particularly milder forms, because unlike TBI, milder injuries cannot be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs

Christina Applegate: MRI 'saved my life'
October 15th, 2010
06:22 PM ET

Christina Applegate: MRI 'saved my life'

Breast cancer survivor, and mother-to-be, Christina Applegate sat down with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, to discuss her battle against cancer and how early detection may have saved her life. Applegate’s foundation, Right Action for Women, provides advanced screening and genetic testing to women at high risk for breast Cancer.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA: If you hadn’t received the MRI at that point, do you have any idea what would have happened to you?

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE: They probably would have found the cancer on my next mammogram a year later, where it would have been a much bigger tumor, and could have been a much worse scenario. So, it saved my life. It would have been a whole other year before I went in again for my next mammogram.


October 15th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Human Factor: Football fuels a passion to live

In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to a survivor who has overcome tremendous odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Be inspired by their successes, as we have been.

To fully appreciate the story of Mark Herzlich, it helps to understand how passionate he is about playing football.

"It's really my lifeblood, to be honest right now," says the Boston College linebacker. "I wake up in the morning, work out, go back, watch film, come out and practice and it's really what I do all fall... all spring, all winter."

But not so long ago Herzlich had a very different daily routine, shuttling between doctors' offices and hospitals. The 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year missed all of last season while he battled Ewing's sarcoma, a rare and often deadly form of bone cancer.


October 15th, 2010
09:28 AM ET

How can I eat right on a business trip?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Question asked by Amy of Washington

Hi. I am being sent away for travel for two weeks. How do I eat healthy, knowing I will be eating out every meal?


Breast cancer: Etiquette
October 15th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Breast cancer: Etiquette

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

Today let’s discuss cancer etiquette. I would call it serious illness etiquette but I thought I would specialize since cancer is what I know and, who knows, maybe the rules are different from disease to disease. (And yes, every one of the following has happened to me at some point.)

Finding out someone has cancer is awful. It is a cruel disease, which will strike one out of every two Americans. Hearing the bad news is shocking and devastating but it’s probably more shocking and devastating for the cancer victim than it is for you.


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