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'Broken mentally' after losing 3 sisters to breast cancer
April 29th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

'Broken mentally' after losing 3 sisters to breast cancer

Cancer has always been part of Marshall Moneymaker’s life (yes, that’s his name).

It touched his father (non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and four of his sisters (breast and ovarian cancers).

The firefighter from Montgomery County, Maryland sports a bright pink firefighter suit and often cheers and hugs breast cancer patients and their families during cancer events.  FULL POST


Tall, obese men at higher risk for deadly blood clots
April 29th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Tall, obese men at higher risk for deadly blood clots

Tall men who are obese may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing deadly blood clots. The finding was published Thursday in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Why are blood clots a concern? This study looked at a condition called venous thromboembolism (VTE). When a blood clot forms in a vein deep in the body, usually in the legs, it’s called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Blood clots can block blood flow, causing pain and swelling. If the clot breaks off, travels through the blood and lodges in the blood vessels of the lungs, it's called pulmonary embolism. When DVTs and pulmonary embolism occur together, the condition is called VTE.

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April 29th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

April 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Are chia seeds a 'superfood'?

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

Question asked by Julie S. of Chicago, Illinois

What do you know/say about chia seeds? Are they really a "superfood?"
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Leaving Hawaii positive, optimistic and determined
April 29th, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Leaving Hawaii positive, optimistic and determined

Stasia Cirricione is one of six CNN viewers chosen to be a part of the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.

"Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time." (Unknown)

This quote summarizes my entire experience in Hawaii. There were many challenges along the way: Heat that I wasn't used to, wind while riding the legendary Queen K highway, a bike saddle that was less than comfortable, and new and frightening challenges like open water swimming in the ocean.

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What the Yuck: Does blotting pizza save calories?
April 29th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

What the Yuck: Does blotting pizza save calories?

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: How many calories do you save blotting pizza with a napkin?

You are probably cutting 20 to 50 calories a piece - not a whole lot, but I guess if you have a couple of slices, it adds up. So if it makes you feel better, go for it.

Other ways to skinny up your pie: Ask the pizza guy to cut it into 10 or even 12 slices (each piece will have fewer calories and less fat), and start with a salad so you aren't famished by the time you open up that box. Also, order whole wheat or thin crust, avoid fatty toppings like sausage or pepperoni, and go for veggies like peppers or mushrooms instead. And, of course, if you skip the cheese, you'll cut out a whole lot of calories and saturated fat.

But call me old-fashioned: It's just not pizza without any cheese.


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