September 23rd, 2011
10:38 PM ET

Shannon Miller: A chemo journal

Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast and ovarian cancer survivor Shannon Miller talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta on this weekend's "Sanjay Gupta, M.D."  at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Here, journal-style, she shares a window into an important part of her experience, the loss of her hair during chemotherapy.

Day 14 of treatment

Today is the day. Dressed and ready for a meeting, I ran a brush through my hair and although I knew it was coming, there was pure shock at the amount of hair left dangling off my brush. For fear of looking a little mangy at this very lovely lunch meeting, I decided to break out the heavy duty can of hairspray and plaster all hair left on my head. If I can just stay out of the wind and avoid the pressing need to reach up and see how much hair is left, I might be okay.

I’ve never considered myself a hat girl but I think I could get into this. And the thought that I can wear a wig is a good one. No more worries about flat ironing, blow drying, styling, humidity. I can simply plop on a wig and head out the door!


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What the Yuck: Signs of perimenopause
September 23rd, 2011
03:36 PM ET

What the Yuck: Signs of perimenopause

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.

How can I tell if I'm in perimenopause?

Perimenopause - the time before menopause when your ovaries pump out less and less estrogen - varies widely from woman to woman. Some women have symptoms for years and years, while others will only have them for the last few months of perimenopause when estrogen levels decline rapidly.

September 23rd, 2011
02:06 PM ET

TEDMED: Fixing the brain with super glue

Super glue: It's good for mending shoe insoles and drawer handles, but how about the human body? Don't try this at home, but doctors can actually use the medical-grade version of this material for fixing certain tiny malfunctions in the brain.

Dr. Alejandro Berenstein, professor of radiology, neurology, and neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine the Bronx, New York, has helped pioneer innovative treatments in many areas of medicine such as this one.


September 23rd, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Which burns more calories, walking or running?

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

Asked by Michael from Galesburg, Illinois:

I have read and heard from other people that running and walking a mile burns the same number of calories. I have compared the two on a treadmill and the difference is astounding! Walking = 92, running = 158. I understand that treadmills don't show an accurate count of calories burned, but these numbers are so different. Is this true?

September 23rd, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Human Factor: Two beautiful hands

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship - they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week, meet Sheila Advento, a young woman who had to have both hands  and feet amputated after a bacterial meningitis infection in 2003.

Wow! It has been a year since undergoing hand transplants - and a truly remarkable year. I lived a life as a quadrilateral amputee for seven years, and then I received a blessing - these two beautiful hands, which I see every day from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep.

The idea of a possible hand transplant was embedded in me almost instantly following the amputation of my hands (by a plastic surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center). The idea stayed with me. However, hand transplantation was not - at all - something I thought of from the very beginning of my journey. You see, it all started in 2003 when I got very ill.

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September 2011
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