Folic acid may protect language development
October 11th, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Folic acid may protect language development

Mothers who take folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy greatly reduce the risk of their children having severe language delays, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Compared with mothers who took no folic acid supplements, mothers who took them starting from four weeks before pregnancy reduced the risk that their children would have severe language delays by age 3, the researchers found.  The risk was cut in half– and that's after researchers controlled for maternal education, weight, and socio-demographic factors.

Interestingly, mothers who took other supplements, but not folic acid, saw no risk reduction, signaling that folic acid has a unique effect on the child's development. FULL POST

Vitamin E may increase prostate cancer risk, study says
October 11th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Vitamin E may increase prostate cancer risk, study says

Very high amounts of vitamin E– much higher than what's  in multivitamins–may increase a man's risk for prostate cancer, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic created the SELECT trial in 2001 to investigate the protective benefits of both selenium and vitamin E for prostate cancer prevention, but found just the opposite: Vitamin E, specifically, caused a significant increase in prostate cancer risk in the study group, while selenium showed no added risk, but also no benefit.


October 11th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Human Factor: Survivors, your stories fuel hope

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, "Next Food Network Star" finalist Hans Rueffert shares his battle with gastric cancer. 

The six years following my initial cancer diagnosis have been a complete, blender-spinning blur.

At times, my most recent surgery from back in March feels like a decade ago, yet my first journey under the knife way back in 2005 seems somehow more recent. Keeping a blog was my wife Amy's idea. In truth, I wasn't even 100% sure I truly knew what a BLOG was! I thought the term was VLOG…which I suppose is just as arbitrary as BLOG.

October 11th, 2011
11:16 AM ET

Should pregnant moms take on endurance challenges?

After Amber Miller finished the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, she had another endurance challenge to complete - labor.

Miller, a veteran marathon runner, ran the race while 38 weeks pregnant. Babies are considered full term after 37 weeks.

She half ran and walked the 26.2-mile course in six hours, 25 minutes and 50 seconds. FULL POST

October 11th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Newly revealed lunch blogger hopes for better school nutrition

For a year, an anonymous blogger ate the same school lunches as her students at a Chicago, Illinois, elementary school.

From bagel dogs, yellowish meatloaf and chicken tenders, which she likened to "squirts of chicken foam," she ate the lumps on her orange school lunch tray.  With spork in hand, her mission was to chronicle the $3 school lunches on her blog going by the pseudonym Mrs. Q.  For a year, she shared her observations about the food and how it affected students.

No longer anonymous, Sarah Wu revealed her identity with the release of her new book,  Fed Up With Lunch, which shares the title of her blog. FULL POST

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.

October 2011
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