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Boy who was mini Darth Vader in VW ad has heart surgeryupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 22:00:00

Max Page, the 7-year-old who played a mini Darth Vader in a Volkswagen commercial, is recovering from open heart surgery, his doctor and mother said Thursday.

26 years on: helping Chernobyl's childrenupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 17:53:00

Twenty-six years ago this week, a botched reactor safety test in a corner of what was then the Soviet Union set off the worst nuclear accident in history.

Chernobyl victims, 26 yrs after accidentupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 17:53:00

Twenty-six years after Chernobyl, one organization works with people who are still living with after effects.

Hospital denies child kidney transplantupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 13:42:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on the controversy surrounding a hospital denying a young girl a kidney transplant.

Mom claims in viral blog that disabled child denied transplantupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 13:42:00

Can a patient be rejected for a kidney transplant based on a developmental disability? A New Jersey mother alleges in her blog that this happened to her 3-year-old daughter, and it has sparked an Internet uproar.

Parents of conjoined twins in Cameroon plead for helpupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 15:03:00

They are so new to this world that they do not have names yet.

Healthy diet may reduce risk of birth defectsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 17:02:00

Women run a lower risk of having babies with certain birth defects if they eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains during their childbearing years, a new study suggests.

People.com: Formerly Conjoined Twins Healthy & Starting to Crawlupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 16:52:00

The news is good out of Memphis two weeks after the boys were separated

SI.com: Peter King: MMQB Mail: Raiders' Jackson loving life working for Al Davisupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 14:56:00

It's a Raider Past and Present Tuesday, with a new outlet for me. The inaugural Sports Illustrated "NFL Podcast With Peter King'' will be up soon on iTunes (as it will be every Tuesday during the season), with an extensive interview with former Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha highlighting the first 'Cast. Interesting stuff on Al Davis, acting, and the teams that pursued Asomugha in free agency before he landed in Philadelphia. You can listen to the first podcast below, or find all of them here.

People.com: Once-Conjoined Twins Turn 10 - How They're Doingupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 08:28:00

Nine years after surgery, they endure health problems and live apart, but share a deep emotional bond

Clue to kids' early aging disease foundupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 12:08:00

Her name was Meg, 23, featherweight and feisty.

10 people we wouldn't know without Oprah Winfreyupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:04:00

For 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has had a plethora of people on her show for makeovers, intense interviews, surprise visits and encouraging stories. We have gotten to know and love -- or hate -- quite a few guests over the years.

Chinese conjoined twins fight for survivalupdated: Wed May 11 2011 22:54:00

Conjoined twin girls -- each with a fully developed skull, but sharing one body -- have been born in China, according to their father, who said the babies are suffering from a host of health problems.

Conjoined twins born in Chinaupdated: Wed May 11 2011 22:54:00

Doctors say separation is unlikely for conjoined twin girls who share a single body.

Study: Major benefits for spina bifida surgery in the wombupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 11:27:00

Right before Christmas 2002, Tara Hallman was told her 20-week-old fetus had spina bifida, a common birth defect of the spine.

Will liver scar tissue hurt my chances for a natural birth?updated: Wed Jan 26 2011 12:14:00

I had a liver resection in late December 2008 because of a cavernous hemangioma (an abnormal buildup of blood vessels). I now have about a 10-inch scar from about center of my rib cage following along to the outer ribcage. Are there known complications of scar tissue like this? I am eight weeks pregnant and have started to wonder if the scar tissue may be an issue for natural birth and if there may be other issues that I should be aware of.

Clues found in mysterious childhood aging diseaseupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 17:23:00

Megan's hair was the first clue.

Can I use the sauna or steam room if I'm pregnant?updated: Mon Sep 06 2010 12:05:00

I just found out that I'm pregnant. I've heard that hot tubs aren't good during pregnancy, but what about steam rooms and saunas? I also like to do hot yoga.

Do pregnancy and bipolar disorder mix?updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:41:00

As recently as 10 years ago, doctors advised women with bipolar disorder not to have children. While that thinking is now dated, bipolar women often face tough decisions about how to handle their medication during pregnancy.

Study: Pregnant women should get more vitamin Dupdated: Sat May 01 2010 11:26:00

Pregnant women could -- and probably should -- consume 10 times more vitamin D than experts currently recommend, according to a new study.

What is Chiari's malformation?updated: Wed Mar 24 2010 08:39:00

My 7-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with Chiari's malformation. I have tried to do some research on it. I'm having problems not only understanding it but also finding information that relates to children. Where can I get more information in relation to children and possibly seek second opinion in my area? Thanks.

Small California town fears birth defects linked to toxic wasteupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 16:02:00

Spring in California's San Joaquin Valley is seemingly idyllic, with rolling hills and miles of fruit orchards. But what's happening in the small town of Kettleman City has people scared.

Toxic waste concerns townupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 16:02:00

Mothers in a California town fear that toxic waste may have contributed to their children's birth defects.

Nuclear power's time has comeupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 08:44:00

For decades, pioneering environmentalist Stewart Brand, the founder and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, opposed the use of nuclear power. Now he sees it as vital to efforts to combat climate change.

China's 'Baby Hope'updated: Mon Feb 15 2010 22:46:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports on a Chinese baby born with a birth defect her family chose not to treat.

Chinese baby born with birth defect gets surgeryupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 22:46:00

A newborn whose future gripped the Chinese media had surgery Saturday to correct a life-threatening birth defect and was in intensive care, a family spokeswoman said.

Fate of Chinese baby depends on parents consent to treatmentupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 02:14:00

She is being called "Baby Hope." The newborn girl was born in Tianjin on January 13 with a severe birth defect her parents decided not to treat. By the time children's rights activists found her, Baby Hope was extremely dehydrated and malnourished in a local hospice.

Gaza conflict of genderupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 05:02:00

CNN's Ivan Watson interviews two teenagers from Gaza suffering from a rare genetic intersex disorder.

Rare gender identity defect hits Gaza familiesupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 05:02:00

Two Palestinian teenagers stroll amid the mounds of rubble left by last year's Israeli military offensive, listening to the tinny beat of a Turkish pop song playing on a cell phone.

Death row female inmate denied high court reviewupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 13:31:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a female death row inmate who said fetal alcohol syndrome should have been considered by the state court that reviewed her sentence.

Heart defect baby diesupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 15:07:00

A baby born with his heart protruding from his chest has died two weeks after surgery. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Birth defects on the rise in Chinaupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 11:41:00

The number of birth defects in China are on the rise and the rate has nearly doubled in the past decade in Beijing and several provinces, a state-run newspaper reported Tuesday.

Kissing a cleft lip goodbye: Adnan healsupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 09:03:00

"Quick, I-V." "Is he breathing?" "Flip him over." "Heart rate? Pulse?" The nurses' commands and questions filled the recovery room at an Egyptian hospital.

All smiles for lucky 7-month-oldupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 09:03:00

CNN.com's Nicole Lapin follows Operation Smile in Egypt as 7-month-old Adnan Saleh undergoes surgery to fix a cleft lip.

Finding a home: Fewer children up for adoption in Chinaupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 13:03:00

At a foster home on the outskirts of Beijing, 13 special-needs children are waiting to be adopted. Our crew walked in as they were waking up from their afternoon nap, with sleepy eyes and little yawns that quickly turned into smiles.

Will my anthrax vaccination hurt my unborn child?updated: Mon Apr 13 2009 09:20:00

I am enlisted in the military and recently had an anthrax shot. Then a week later, I found out that I am pregnant. Will this shot have an effect on my pregnancy or child?

People.com: Final Octuplet Gaining Weight, Will Go Home Soonupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 13:42:00

Despite a cleft lip that can be repaired later, Jonah is "doing very well," his doctor tells PEOPLE

Pinki brings a smile to the Oscarsupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 22:01:00

While all eyes seem to be on "Slumdog Millionaire" for the Oscars, one very courageous little girl will be focused on another India-based film at the ceremony.

Smile Pinkiupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 22:01:00

CNN's Sara Sidner focuses on a charity providing free cleft surgeries to the world's poorest children.

People.com: Pinki Sonkar: From School Outcast to an Oscar-Winning Filmupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 10:01:00

The 8-year-old Indian star of the Best Short Documentary, Smile Pinki, enjoys Hollywood's big night

Fertility treatments linked to certain birth defectsupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 09:16:00

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technology, or ART -- such as in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs -- are two to four times more likely to be born with certain types of birth defects than infants conceived naturally. But, the study's lead author says, the overall risk is still relatively low.

Time.com: Stem Cells Created for 10 Disordersupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 13:00:00

Harvard scientists say they have created stems cells for 10 genetic disorders, which will allow researchers to watch the diseases develop in a lab dish

Time.com: New Clues to Autism's Causeupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 13:00:00

Research points to learning-related genes as a contributor to autism and suggests that early intervention in children can help fix genetic defects

People.com: Colin Farrell: My Son Is Exactly the Way He Should Beupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 16:03:00

Colin Farrell says he's thankful for the early diagnosis of his 4-year-old son's neuro-genetic disorder and for the vast joy his "little fella" experiences.

People.com: Colin Farrell Reveals Son's Health Battleupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 10:02:00

Colin Farrell has revealed that his 4-year-old son James suffers from a rare neuro-genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome – but that he's a brave and happy child.

Time.com: Antidepressant, Defect Link Unlikelyupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 17:40:00

Newborns face little risk of birth defects from antidepressants taken by many women early in pregnancy, say the reassuring findings of the two biggest studies of this controversial link

Heart birth defects among the most commonupdated: Fri Feb 02 2007 18:36:00

There are more than three-quarters of a million adults in the United States living with a congenital heart defect. The majority need ongoing, specialized care. CNN Medical Correspondent Judy Fortin found out more about the condition from Dr. Wendy Book, director of the Adult Congenital Cardiac Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Doctors urge new guidelines for pregnant women using anti-depressantsupdated: Thu Nov 30 2006 10:46:00

A leading group of women's doctors called Wednesday for closer consultations with pregnant women using anti-depressants, particularly singling out one of the medicines -- paroxetine or Paxil -- as a risk for birth defects.

Doctors grow organs from patients' own cellsupdated: Mon Apr 03 2006 13:01:00

Kaitlyne McNamara no longer worries about feeling different at school.

Hospital: Baby Noor's new surgery 'successful'updated: Fri Mar 10 2006 12:59:00

Baby Noor, the 5-month-old Iraqi girl discovered by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad and brought to the United States for life-saving medical treatment, underwent "successful" shunt surgery Friday, according to the hospital.

Baby Noor has successful surgeryupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 12:48:00

Baby Noor, the 4-month-old Iraqi girl brought to the United States for life-saving medical treatment after being discovered by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, had successful orthopedic surgery Friday, according to a hospital statement.

World without pain is hell, parent saysupdated: Fri Jan 27 2006 08:43:00

When you first meet 4-year-old Roberto Salazar, you can't help but notice his unwavering smile and constant laughter. By all accounts, he's a very happy boy.

Baby Noor released from Atlanta hospitalupdated: Fri Jan 13 2006 13:07:00

Doctors on Friday released Baby Noor, the 3-month-old Iraqi girl brought to the United States for life-saving medical treatment after being discovered by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad.

Scientists seek rabbit-human embryoupdated: Fri Jan 13 2006 06:39:00

British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs.

Baby Noor set for surgeryupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 19:14:00

Baby Noor, the Iraqi infant born with a severe form of spina bifida, is slated to undergo surgery Monday in Atlanta to enclose her spinal column.

'Tears of joy' after Baby Noor's surgeryupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 02:30:00

Surgery to realign and enclose the spinal column of a 3-month-old Iraqi girl brought to the United States for life-saving medical treatment was difficult but went "very well," doctors said Monday.

Tests over; Baby Noor leaves hospitalupdated: Tue Jan 03 2006 14:56:00

With a series of tests completed before surgery tentatively scheduled for Monday, an Atlanta hospital discharged a 3-month-old Iraqi girl flown to the United States for a life-saving operation.

Baby Noor 'responsive and smiling'updated: Sat Dec 31 2005 16:50:00

Baby Noor, a 3-month-old Iraqi girl in need of urgent surgery to treat a dangerous birth defect, is in good condition and will undergo her operation within the next 10 days, according to a Saturday statement from the hospital where she's being treated.

Infant begins mercy mission to United Statesupdated: Fri Dec 30 2005 08:51:00

A mercy airlift from Iraq to the United States got under way Friday, as the U.S. military helped an Iraqi infant named Noor receive treatment for a potentially fatal birth defect.

Baby Noor resting before trip to U.S.updated: Thu Dec 29 2005 18:55:00

Baby Noor, a 3-month-old Iraqi girl in urgent need of medical attention to treat a potentially fatal birth defect, was resting early Friday at a U.S. base in western Baghdad before being flown to the United States for treatment.

Saving Iraqi baby a new mission for U.S. troopsupdated: Wed Dec 28 2005 11:24:00

When troops from the Georgia National Guard raided a Baghdad home in early December, they had no idea that their mission in Iraq would take a different turn.

Encouraging results for cervical cancer vaccineupdated: Thu Oct 06 2005 10:29:00

Researchers with Merck & Co. report they have been successful at blocking viruses that cause cervical cancer and lesions that become cancerous. About 20 million Americans are living with the virus.

CNNMoney: BioMarin genetic disease drug OK'dupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 05:27:00

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (BMRN) received marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its Naglazyme drug candidate.

FSB: The Doctor Is Outupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 00:01:00

At age 67, Dr. Scott Harrison is seeing the world. With a travel schedule that would rival Kofi Annan's, he's home a mere two weeks in a five-month span. But instead of a Tuscan hillside, you're mo...

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