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September 24th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Quiz: Primatine Mist, we hardly knew ye

This week's health quiz: Say goodbye to an over-the-counter asthma inhaler and redheaded sperm donors.

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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.
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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.

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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?
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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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Diana Nyad begins new attempt at swim record
September 22nd, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Diana Nyad begins new attempt at swim record

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad hugged friends and waved at admirers at Havana’s Hemingway Marina before she jumped in the water at 6:04 p.m., hoping her third attempt to swim to Florida would end in success.

“I think at the age of 62 I honestly believe I'm in the best shape of my whole life, not just of the last two years,” she told reporters.

She expects the 100-plus mile swim to take close to 60 hours. That would put her into Florida sometime Monday.

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Nyad attempted this swim in early August and had to be pulled from the water after some 60 miles, and almost 29 hours of swimming. She blamed a shoulder injury she suffered early in the journey, and an 11-hour-long asthma attack. Nyad says she believes the asthma attack followed an allergic reaction to pain medication she took for the shoulder injury.

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No more Primatene Mist in the U.S. after this year
September 22nd, 2011
01:56 PM ET

No more Primatene Mist in the U.S. after this year

The Food and Drug Administration is reminding doctors and patients that Primatene Mist, the only nonprescription asthma inhaler in the United States, can no longer be sold or prescribed after December 31.   Asthma patients are urged to get prescriptions for alternative medications, since this treatment option runs out at the end of the year, the FDA said Thursday.

Primatene Mist, an epinephrine inhaler, made by Armstrong Pharmaceutical Inc., contains chlorofluorocarbons, a chemical known to deplete the ozone layer.   After the United States signed an international agreement - The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer - to phase-out the compounds, the FDA announced in 2008,  that these inhalers could not be made or sold in 2012.

"If you rely on an over-the-counter inhaler to relieve your asthma symptoms, it is important that you contact a health care professional to talk about switching to a different medicine to treat your asthma," said Dr. Badrul Chowdhury, director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Rheumatology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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Never too late to find your path in life
September 22nd, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Never too late to find your path in life

Editor's note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity - the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times.

“Late bloomers? Late for what? What is it we’re late for?”

I had called Shilloy to discuss late bloomers, chiefly because last year, in her early 40s, she made a dramatic shift in her career as a marketing exec and went back to school to become a therapist. But as I began our interview, it was clear that something was putting her on edge.
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How did your childhood affect your sexuality?
September 22nd, 2011
07:20 AM ET

How did your childhood affect your sexuality?

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him on his website, GoodInBed.

To create and sustain healthy intimate relationships, we often need to go back to the original building blocks of our sexual socialization and see how our patterns of sexual behavior took shape.

We need to look at how we were modeled - or, in other words, what we learned and internalized about sex and relationships throughout our childhood and adolescence, and how those experiences affected the ways we “mate and relate” today. I often ask people to think about the following statements and whether they are true or false:
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