Flu and You: Virus widespread in half the states
January 28th, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Flu and You: Virus widespread in half the states

Half of the states have widespread flu activity, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From January 16 to 22, flu activity increased and three flu-related deaths were reported in children, according to the CDC. During this flu season, which started in October, there have been 13 confirmed pediatric deaths.

The highest levels of flu-like activities were reported in the South and Southeast, including Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia and North Carolina. FULL POST

January 28th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

FitFriday: Foods to make you full, heated obesity theory and death of a fitness legend

Scientists for a major food company are designing foods  to make you stop eating. And speaking of man-made inventions, indoor heating could be making us a little too warm and fat, hypothesizes one study.

Last but not least, fitness guru and a man before his time, Jack  LaLanne died Sunday at the age of 96.

Foods that make you feel fuller

One of the world's largest food companies is engineering products to make people feel fuller longer, reports the Wall Street Journal. FULL POST

What the Yuck: Should my breasts get bigger during PMS?
January 28th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

What the Yuck: Should my breasts get bigger during PMS?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: Is it normal for my boobs to get a whole cup-size bigger during PMS? It's such a dramatic change that I need two different sets of bras!


January 28th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Friday fun: How much do you know?

Diabetes, the State of the Union, life expectancy...Have you paid attention to health news this week? Take our quiz and see how much you know. We've thrown in a little health trivia too. Happy Friday.

Filed under: Health Quiz

In defense of crunch:  What we use (and don’t)
January 28th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

In defense of crunch: What we use (and don’t)

Last week, writer, cancer survivor and mother of two young children,  Amanda Enayati wrote about pursuing a healthy life for her family by cutting excessive sugars, bad fats, dyes, preservatives and pesticides from their diet. Today she tells of reducing her household's "toxic burden."

“Crunchy” is what we used to call our handful of friends who seemed to live on the outer edges of reality when it came to healthy foods and personal products. We loved our friends, of course, tolerated their quirks, but mostly passed on using their homemade patchouli bath products or eating their tofu scramble served on a bed of raw zucchini noodles.

In the days when I first began considering how to lower my family’s household toxic burden, I thought of my crunchy friends often—how I had once found them so extreme, so eccentric, perhaps even rolled my eyes inwardly at some of their practices. But here I was all these years later, knee-deep in scientific journals, and suddenly the Mad Hatter seemed … not so mad.


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Filed under: Children's Health • Toxic America

January 28th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

What can I do about my celiac disease?

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

Question asked by Patrick of Omaha, Nebraska:

How long does it take to feel the benefits of a gluten-free diet once diagnosed with celiac disease? I have been living gluten/casein free for over five years now and have yet to see much improvement.


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