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Study: Most obese moms, kids underestimate their weightupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:08:00

Roughly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the U.S. are now overweight or obese. Aside from contributing to rising rates of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, this widespread weight problem also appears to be changing our perception of what's considered heavy.

Obese moms: When is my child overweight?updated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:08:00

A study says obese moms have more difficulty determining when a child is overweight and also misjudge their own weight.

Study: Children of suicide more likely to take own livesupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 15:43:00

Poet John Berryman. Sylvia Plath's son, Nicholas Hughes. These are prominent examples of people who whose parents died by suicide when they were children and also took their own lives as adults.

Mediterranean diet may help prevent dementia, study saysupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 16:01:00

Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.

Nutritional drink, imaging show promise for Alzheimer'supdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 10:16:00

Doctors are already good at diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in a patient with obvious symptoms, which include memory loss, vision problems and confusion. But the cutting-edge research is looking for the brain mechanisms of the condition at its earliest stages, maximizing the potential for intervention.

Compassion fatigue -- how to protect yourselfupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 09:39:00

The next time someone dreams up a new superhero, she should be wielding a bedpan. And Kleenex. And playing cards and travel Scrabble.

Multiple births increase risk of postpartum depressionupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 12:21:00

Twins? Triplets? Octuplets? Sounds like a lot of stress to handle more than one baby at once.

Why we're sleeping lessupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 16:08:00

Yes, Americans are stressed over the economy.

Dr. Gupta's heartupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 10:00:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has details on a heart scan that may actually end up hurting you.

Heart test can pack radioactive wallopupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 10:00:00

Having a CT scan of the heart to check for heart disease? You may want to ask how your hospital plans to conduct the test. A new study suggests that people who get the common heart test can get a dramatic range of radiation exposures.

Less-stressed people may have lower dementia riskupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 10:00:00

People with a stable mood and better capacity to handle stressful situations without anxiety have a reduced risk of developing dementia, according to a study published this week in the journal Neurology.

Lyme disease may hit 200kupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 15:56:00

Lyme disease may be more common than thought, and doctors differ on treatment. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

10-year battle with pain highlights Lyme disease debateupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 15:56:00

For more than 10 years, Mandy Hughes drifted in an out of what she calls the horrible, debilitating pain of Lyme disease. How Dangerous Are CT Scans?updated: Fri Jun 27 2008 13:00:00

Recent studies show that many U.S. patients are getting multiple, unnecessary CT scans, raising their risk of cancer A Link Between Bones and Obesityupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 10:00:00

Are you overweight? Diabetic? A new study suggests that maybe your bones are to blame Does Justice Roberts Have Epilepsy?updated: Tue Jul 31 2007 14:00:00

The Chief Justice's second seizure means he classified in medical terms as an epileptic. But that doesn't mean the episodes will impair him, or even require any treatment

When modern life pumps up the volume, give your ears some TLCupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 11:23:00

Whoever's rocking your iPod today, do yourself a favor and turn it down. Those tiny earbuds pump music directly into the ear canal, making it easier to do permanent damage. Live music or sports, power tools, and even hair dryers can spell trouble for your hearing, too.

Energy zapped? Try these tips to help you pick up the paceupdated: Mon Nov 13 2006 18:34:00

Tired of being tired? Jessica Postigo was. After switching careers, going from on-the-go film producer to the more-sedentary role of screenwriter, the 36-year-old from Los Angeles began to feel lethargic. "I knew I needed to do something," she says. "I wanted my energy back."

Clinton resting after surgeryupdated: Thu Mar 10 2005 10:59:00

Former President Clinton is resting comfortably after undergoing surgery Thursday to remove scar tissue and drain fluid that built up after last year's heart bypass operation, his doctors said.

New heart-health guidelines issued for womenupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 11:18:00

Heart disease is the leading killer of both genders in the United States, but until now, women had to rely on prevention and treatment guidelines based on research on men.


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