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Why you really ought to take your older cat to the vetupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 16:25:00

Indoor cats can reach the ripe old age of 20. With advanced years come health-related issues such as arthritis or diabetes. But a study by the American Pet Products Association notes that feline veterinary visits have declined in recent years.

Prince Philip released from hospitalupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 16:48:00

Prince Philip is released from hospital after treatment for a bladder infection.

Britain's Prince Philip released from hospital in time for his birthday updated: Sat Jun 09 2012 16:48:00

Prince Philip was released from a British hospital Saturday after treatment for a bladder infection that forced him to miss part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration.

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips undergoes kidney surgeryupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 07:55:00

EW has confirmed that "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips underwent a six and a half hour surgery yesterday to remove several kidney stones, which TMZ (who first reported the news) says "were so huge there was no chance he could've passed them on his own."

Prince Philip in hospital for Jubileeupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 13:38:00

CNN's Dan Rivers reports on the health of Britain's Prince Philip, who was hospitalized with a bladder infection.

Britain's Prince Philip hospitalized with bladder infectionupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 12:27:00

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was hospitalized in Britain Monday with a bladder infection and will miss part of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebration, Buckingham Palace said.

Prostate cancer screening's false promise updated: Tue May 22 2012 08:58:00

Should men be routinely screened for prostate cancer? This question has been asked ever since the prostate specific antigen test, or PSA, became widely available more than two decades ago.

New cancer screening guidelines issuedupdated: Tue May 22 2012 08:58:00

Dr. William Catalona explains why he thinks that the new prostate cancer screening recommendations are "misguided."

Why does my baby's urine smell? updated: Tue Apr 03 2012 07:26:00

Q: My baby's urine smells really bad! Is there something wrong?

Scientists offer a glimpse of life without immune-suppressing drugsupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 15:01:00

By the time Lindsay Porter had her kidneys removed two years ago, they were bulging -- covered in cysts -- and together weighed 16 pounds.

What plants are toxic to cats?updated: Fri Mar 02 2012 07:35:00

Cat-proofing your home can be a challenge, especially when frisky felines get access to every nook and cranny of the house.

How can I avoid costly vet bills?updated: Fri Feb 24 2012 07:45:00

My dog has a preference for shoes, but some dogs and cats have a knack for finding and consuming more dangerous items, in spite of our best efforts to deter that behavior. When those things get stuck, pets often need a trip to the vet for emergency removal.

Nick Cannon hospitalizedupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 10:19:00

Nick Cannon, actor and husband of singer Mariah Carey, was hospitalized for kidney failure during the holidays.

Tainted milk product scare causes outrage in Chinaupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 05:50:00

Criticism of lax food safety standards at Chinese companies abounded on microblogging sites in China on Tuesday following the latest scare involving dairy products in the country.

Kidney transplant inspired Lopezupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 13:18:00

George Lopez is helping to create positive change for underprivileged children, adults and military families.

George Lopez offers help and hopeupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 13:18:00

George Lopez explains how his foundation creates positive change for children and families in need.

Singer Andy Williams has cancerupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 16:50:00

Singer Andy Williams has bladder cancer, is undergoing treatment and plans to return to performing in 2012, he said.

Prostate cancer screening may do more harm than goodupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 09:05:00

The recent news that a group of highly respected medical experts, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is considering advising against routine prostate cancer screening shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to anybody.

Why is my urine red?updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 08:50:00

I notice the color of my urine has gone from looking like champagne to looking like cranberry juice in three days. Should I be concerned? I am not on any medications.

The trouble with prostate cancer testsupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 08:00:00

Doctors who treat prostate cancer disagree on the value of the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, test. But they agree on one thing.

How not to poison your petupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 08:57:00

Some dogs eat plants; my dog Lulu prefers to eat books or the occasional shoe. Fortunately, those items tend to move through her system without incident. I'm the one who poses a greater risk to our houseplants. If only I knew how to keep them alive more than a few days.

Is it safe to reuse an insulin syringe?updated: Wed Sep 28 2011 12:29:00

My husband is a Type 2 diabetic who takes insulin three times a day. He often reuses the same syringe day after day or multiple times in one day. I am very concerned about this habit. It is unhealthy or dangerous?

Saw palmetto no better than placebo for prostate problemsupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 18:34:00

The millions of middle-aged men who take saw-palmetto supplements to cope with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate might as well be popping sugar pills.

How do we prevent kidney stones in kids?updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 09:49:00

My 12-year-old daughter was found to have calcium oxalate crystals in her urine. The doctor said to watch out for kidney stones, which happen to run in our family. What should we do to prevent my daughter from developing stones?

5 questions to ask before having penis surgeryupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 07:24:00

If you're a woman contemplating surgery on your female parts, you'll find plenty of ladies chatting and blogging away about their experiences, often on websites adorned with pink ribbons.

What can I do for kidney stones?updated: Wed Aug 17 2011 08:06:00

I had surgery eight months ago to remove stones from my bladder. Today I found what I believe was a stone stuck to my vagina wall. I also had to have a urine bag for seven days after the surgery. Could it have come from where they inserted the tube in my kidney? I have had surgery for kidney stones in the past. I believe I recently passed another stone. Is this possible? What should I do?

Don't bet on cranberry against UTIsupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 17:29:00

Women have long relied on cranberry juice or supplements to prevent painful urinary tract infections.

Regenerative medicine's promising futureupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 02:02:00

Is it possible for humans to regenerate a damaged body part the way starfish and salamanders can? Will doctors one day be able to replace cancer-ridden organs with healthy ones engineered in a lab? Will lengthy waiting times for organ transplants eventually become a thing of the past?

3-D printer produces organsupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 02:02:00

Dr. Anthony Atala shows a new technique at his lab that he hopes could one day help shorten the organ donor list.

Scrambling to contain E. coli outbreakupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 22:29:00

Jorg Debatin of Hamburg Medical Center discusses how doctors are responding to the latest E.coli cases.

How serious is Germany's E. coli outbreak?updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 22:29:00

An outbreak of E. coli in Germany that has killed at least 16 people and left hundreds battling infection in 10 countries raises questions about what risks the infection continues to pose and what fallout it will cause.

Can I drink carbonated water?updated: Fri May 06 2011 07:19:00

I just bought a home carbonator. Is there any danger to drinking carbonated water instead of still water? Some Web articles state that carbonated water does not flush toxins like still water -- that it causes kidney stones because it is harder to digest and that it leaches calcium from the bones.

Can I get rid of my hypertension medication?updated: Wed May 04 2011 17:21:00

I have been taking two drugs combined within one pill to control my blood pressure.They are olmesartan and hydrochlorothiazide (known as Benicar-HCT). I took them for approximately eight years, during which time I was part of the world of employment. For seven months since I retired I have found that my blood pressure seems to be holding around 120/78 or less each day when measured. I discussed the matter with my doctor, who advised me to use only half of the prescribed dosage. My question is: Is it possible to rid myself of taking the medication all together?

China seizes 26 tons of melamine-tainted milkupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 05:42:00

Police in southwestern China seized more than 26 tons of melamine-tainted milk powder intended for use in ice cream, officials said.

Why do I keep getting urinary tract infections?updated: Mon Apr 25 2011 08:42:00

I've had 11 urinary tract infections in 13 months and the doctors only give me antibiotics. What is causing this to happen to me? I am scared it could be something really bad. What can I do?

10 things that can make incontinence worseupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 12:14:00

Incontinence can happen to anyone, although it's more common in women than in men.

Can you imagine cancer away?updated: Thu Mar 03 2011 08:09:00

By now, you likely know David Seidler, who won an Oscar on Sunday for best original screenplay for "The King's Speech," was a stutterer just like King George VI, whose battle with the speech disorder is portrayed in the film.

Transplant that got sisters freed from jail postponedupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 20:57:00

A proposed kidney transplant that got two sisters released from jail has been put on hold.

What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets?updated: Wed Feb 09 2011 08:35:00

What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets from 130 to 159 and switches constantly?

Are nonsodium salts healthier than traditional?updated: Fri Feb 04 2011 08:28:00

My sister and I were talking about salt. She has noticed that sea salt is currently being marketed as a healthy, or trendy, food additive, but can't figure out if there's any real science behind the marketing. Are nonsodium salts, like magnesium chloride and potassium chloride, any healthier than traditional sodium chloride? People with, say, high blood pressure are told to stick to low-sodium diets. But is it the sodium, or is it a different quality that causes the increased risk?

Training helps post-prostate bladder woesupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 11:20:00

Prostate-removal surgery can provide peace of mind to men who hav prostate cancer, but the procedure often carries an unwelcome and hard-to-treat side effect: leaky plumbing.

What can I do to prevent kidney stones?updated: Mon Oct 18 2010 08:25:00

Several years ago I had kidney stones. I would like to know how or what I can do to prevent this happening again. I understand that there is a chance of this happening again once you have it before.

How to brand a disease -- and sell a cureupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 14:07:00

If you want to understand the way prescription drugs are marketed today, have a look at the 1928 book, "Propaganda," by Edward Bernays, the father of public relations in America.

5 secrets you shouldn't keep from your GYNupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 08:49:00

Year after year, doctor's visit after doctor's visit, Myke Triebold kept a secret from her gynecologist. 30 Rock's Grizz Chapman on Kidney Transplant: 'I Didn't Want to Die'updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 12:12:00

"I wanted to see my 11-year-old son grow up," says the 7-ft.-tall TV star

A year later, 'heroic' E. coli survivor still battlingupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 12:02:00

It was prom night, May 2009, and Linda Rivera of Las Vegas, Nevada, was making goodies for her twin sons' party.

What could be causing the redness in my urine?updated: Mon Aug 09 2010 10:42:00

When I went to the bathroom today, my urine was red. It's not my period. What could it be, and do I need to worry?

Authorities seize tainted milk laced with toxic chemicalupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 07:20:00

Authorities in northwestern China have seized 64 tons of milk powder tainted with a chemical that killed six babies and sickened hundreds of thousands of children two years ago, state-run media said Friday.

Are there many false positives on the PSA test?updated: Wed Jun 30 2010 09:01:00

What is the percentage of false positives from the PSA test?

What causes urinary tract infections?updated: Mon Jun 14 2010 08:35:00

What triggers urinary tract infections?

Coleman battled lifelong health woes: transplants, kidney problemsupdated: Fri May 28 2010 16:47:00

Actor Gary Coleman battled major medical problems including an on-set seizure, several operations, transplants and a lifelong kidney condition.

Could slightly high blood sugar cause neuropathy?updated: Wed May 19 2010 08:21:00

My glucose levels usually run between 120 and 135 with a nonfasting blood test, though do not have a diagnosis of diabetes. I suffer greatly with my feet and been told by a podiatrist that it is neuropathy. Is it possible that my high glucose levels are causing the neuropathy?

Are liver cysts a sign of cancer?updated: Wed Apr 21 2010 08:48:00

Are cysts on the liver necessarily cancerous?

How can I lose regained weight after bariatric surgery?updated: Fri Apr 09 2010 08:41:00

I had gastric bypass six year ago and lost 150 pounds and had kept it off. A year ago, I began a desk job for the first time in my life. I have gradually gained about 35 pounds. I have what some consider an alcohol problem since the weight loss.

7 things you might not know about Starbucksupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 08:12:00

Starbucks is the coffee icon people either love or love to hate. The Seattle company opened its first shop in 1971, and all these years later, the coffee giant is still brewing up addictive drinks and venti-sized controversy across the globe.

Coroner: Post-Katrina hospital death not homicideupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 15:36:00

After reviewing the case of a woman who died at New Orleans, Louisiana's Memorial Hospital in the days after Hurricane Katrina, coroner Frank Minyard said Thursday that he cannot classify her death as a homicide.

Can surgery help bowel incontinence?updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 12:38:00

I am having trouble with losing control of my bowels while away from home. My husband and I want to travel, but I am scared stiff of doing that with this problem. Is there surgery that can be done? Would exercises work?

China seizes tainted milk less than 2 years after scandalupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 03:45:00

Chinese authorities have seized 72 tons of milk powder tainted with melamine and are trying to track down an additional 100 tons, less than two years after contaminated milk killed babies and sickened people across China.

What can my son do to stop getting kidney stones?updated: Mon Feb 01 2010 08:56:00

My 30-year-old son has suffered through 39 kidney stones since he was 16. A recent CT scan shows his kidneys are filled with more. Lab results have ascertained that the stones are made up of calcium oxalate. Is there a cure or remedy for this type of kidney stone? My son has continuous problems with them and it's hard to work every day when he's in so much pain.

Hard lessons, humility for big-city doctors in Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 19:37:00

Dr. Roberto Feliz and Dr. Hiba Georges were quickly jolted from the most modern of medical care in Boston, Massachusetts, to the most rudimentary of care when they flew to Haiti last week to work at a hospital housed in two tents run by the University of Miami.

Tough choices in Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 19:37:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks about her experience in Haiti and how doctors there make decisions.

Crush injuries can be deceptively dangerousupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:45:00

The injuries don't appear life-threatening. They could be wounded legs and arms, caused by being pinned under falling debris from the earthquake.

Haiti's crush injuriesupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 16:45:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on why crush injuries are turning into the hallmark of the Haiti quake.

Chinese execs face trial over tainted milkupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 03:22:00

Three dairy executives will be prosecuted this week in China for selling melamine-tainted milk, state-run media reported.

Two executed in China over tainted milkupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 12:54:00

Two people were executed Tuesday in China for their part in a tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others, state-run media reported.

Two executed over tainted milkupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 12:54:00

China executes two men for their role in last year's tainted milk scandal. CNN's Emily Chang reports.

World Diabetes Day: Rise in number of kidney disease worldwideupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 12:20:00

Kidney disease is becoming a growing problem in developing countries, caused by an explosion in cases of diabetes and high blood pressure, experts say.

Diabetes drug Byetta tied to kidney problems, says FDAupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 17:08:00

People with type 2 diabetes who are taking the blood-sugar-lowering drug Byetta may be at increased risk for kidney problems, including kidney failure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported this week.

2 dead, 28 sick from E. coli outbreakupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 14:37:00

Two people have died and 28 people have fallen ill with matching strains of E. coli after an outbreak in ground beef, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Kids care for mom without arms, legsupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 12:08:00

Every morning, Lisa Strong's 10-year-old son lifts her heavy prosthetic legs and screws them into the levers in her knees. He reaches for a pair of pants and pulls them up around her waist.

Kids help amputee momupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 12:08:00

Lisa Strong's arms and legs were amputated six years ago. Her children help her get through each day.

Undocumented patients wary of offers to return to home countriesupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 12:45:00

Going back to Mexico is not an option, said the 43-year-old man, kneeling next to his wife's wheelchair. Natalie Cole Coping with Life's Joys and Sorrowsupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 11:31:00

Though she now has a new kidney, the singer must deal with the death of her sister

$100,000 buys patient new kidney but not good healthupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 18:47:00

In a dank Tel Aviv hospital room, you can see at a glance just how desperate some Israelis are for a new kidney.

Black market for human organsupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 18:47:00

In a CNN investigation, a kidney broker explains the black market for human organs.

Study: Prostate cancer test leads to needless diagnosesupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 13:35:00

More than one million American men may have been unnecessarily diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer since widespread use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test began in 1987, a new study says. Natalie Cole Feels 'Remarkable' with New Kidneyupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 15:48:00

Three months after her transplant surgery, the singer says, "I'm pretty amazed"

Natalie Cole feels 'remarkable' with new kidneyupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 14:29:00

While she does not know who donated the kidney that potentially saved her life, Natalie Cole is on the mend and "really doing well," the Grammy-winning singer said at Thursday's Harold Pump Foundation Gala in Beverly Hills to honor Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Bill Russell.

Blood procedure allows kidney transplants, can help minoritiesupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 16:06:00

Surgeons at two Washington hospitals have performed seven kidney transplants involving 14 recipients and donors who did not match, using a process that virtually eliminates the chances of organ rejection.

14-way transplantupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 16:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains a groundbreaking kidney transplant involving 14 people.

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