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Komen reverses courseupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 12:44:00

Susan Candiotti reports on the breast cancer charity's off-again, on-again relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Professors: Komen overstating benefits of mammogramsupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 12:44:00

A national breast cancer charity is being accused of using misleading statistics to convince women to have mammograms, according to a paper published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

Taliban's vaccine ban may affect 280,000 childrenupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 05:13:00

A ban on polio vaccinations imposed by the Taliban could affect about 280,000 children living in tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.

Kidney-donor deaths linked to surgical clips raise issues of alerts, warningsupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 09:28:00

When Manuel Reyna developed a deadly kidney disease, his sister, Florinda Gotcher, didn't hesitate to give him one of her kidneys. When she found out they were a match, she cried.

Kidney donor deaths tied to surgical clipupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 09:28:00

Could the FDA have done more to prevent the death of a healthy kidney donor? Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Vaccines don't have to hurt as muchupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 07:11:00

A new study looks at ways to comfort babies when they are being vaccinated.

Opting out of vaccinations could get tougher in Californiaupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 07:11:00

The re-emergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases has prompted the California legislature to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids.

Experimental drug offers new way to battle certain breast cancerupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 20:20:00

Doctors who treat breast cancer patients are very excited about an experimental drug that presents a whole new way of knocking out cancer cells.

Hospital to live tweet brain surgery, put pics on Pinterestupdated: Tue May 08 2012 09:41:00

Several weeks after making history with the world's first live-tweeted open heart surgery, Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital is dusting off its social media chops again.

Unnecessary prostate cancer screening remains common updated: Tue Apr 24 2012 16:05:00

When billionaire investor Warren Buffett revealed last week that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, the reaction -- including from Buffett himself -- amounted to a collective shrug.

How to minimize your child's medical radiation exposureupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:00:00

Q: I took my kid to the ER last night because his stomach hurt, and they ran a CAT scan. Is that normal? Should I be worried about radiation?

Why we need a good screening test for ovarian cancerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:25:00

Q: This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued preliminary guidelines for ovarian cancer screening. It recommends against routine screening saying that the risk of false positive diagnoses outweighs the benefits. How can this be and why is it so hard to find a good screening test for ovarian cancer?

Olympic gymnast battles cancerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:25:00

Gymnastics great Shannon Miller talks about her battle with a rare type of ovarian cancer. CNN's Susan Hendricks reports.

'Overdiagnosis' of breast cancer may be higher than thoughtupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 17:05:00

Q: The journal Annals of Internal Medicine has an article in it this week that talks about the "overdiagnosis" of breast cancer. What is that?

Cáncer de cuello uterinoupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 07:59:00

El doctor Baffi nos habla de lo factores que pueden aumentar el riesgo de padecer cáncer de cuello uterino.

No more annual Pap smear: New cervical cancer screening guidelines updated: Thu Mar 15 2012 07:59:00

Q: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is releasing new guidelines on cervical cancer screenings. What's changed?

Value of mass prostate cancer screenings questionedupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 17:03:00

Q: The New England Journal of Medicine has published more information on prostate cancer screening. Why is it so controversial?

Florida suspends doctor accused of illegal stem cell therapyupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 21:23:00

A Florida cardiologist could have his medical license revoked by state authorities who have accused him of performing illegal stem cell therapy on a patient who died during the procedure.

Coming clean about my first colonoscopy updated: Tue Mar 06 2012 10:15:00

In my 20s, after my doctor performed a laparoscopy to examine my uterus and ovaries, he gave me a videotape of the procedure. I dubbed it "Madame Ovary," threw a party and screened it for my friends.

Statin labels will come with new safety warningsupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 12:52:00

An entire class of statin drugs will get new labels that alert the public to safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.

FDA warns of statin side effectsupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 12:52:00

The FDA changes labels on statin medications after reports of some side effects. Elizabeth Cohen has details.

Santorum blasts prenatal testing policyupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenges the prenatal testing policy found in the 2010 health care legislation.

Santorum challenges policy on prenatal testingupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

The government shouldn't make health care providers fully cover prenatal tests like amniocentesis, which can determine the possibility of Down syndrome or other fetal problems, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday.

Vietnam surgery removes tumor twice man's weightupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 20:29:00

A Vietnamese man is recovering in the intensive care unit Friday, a day after surgery that completely removed from his right leg a tumor twice his body weight, according to the hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Weight-loss surgery may lower heart attack, stroke riskupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 07:47:00

Obese people who decide to undergo stomach surgery to speed weight loss may lower their risk of having -- and dying from -- a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.

Is it safe to use ketamine as a pain drug?updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 12:08:00

What about ketamine as a pain drug? Could it be used to get someone off methadone who previously took Oxycontin and then got sent to a methadone clinic? Is ketamine more addictive than methadone as a pain drug? What are the risks vs. benefits of ketamine?

No increased infection risk seen with psoriasis, RA drugs updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 16:22:00

A class of injectable drugs used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis doesn't raise the risk of serious infection when compared with more conventional treatments, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Do flu shots increase Alzheimer's risk?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 07:32:00

Do flu shots make you susceptible to Alzheimer's?

Weight loss surgery funding cutupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 07:04:00

Alice McCormack thought she had the answer to her decades-long battle with her weight: bariatric surgery. That was until the state health insurance's budget shortfall got in the way.

Expensive breast cancer testsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on women paying more for better breast cancer testing.

Perry responds to Bachmann HPV claimsupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 00:56:00

Gov. Rick Perry responds to claims made by Rep. Michele Bachmann about the HPV vaccine and mental retardation.

CDC committee recommends boys receive HPV vaccineupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 00:56:00

A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that males ages 11 to 21 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, which is blamed for thousands of cases of cancer among women and men.

Breakthrough malaria vaccine tantalizingly closeupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:27:00

A malaria vaccine has eluded scientists for decades, but preliminary results from a phase 3 clinical trial in Africa are providing hope.

Malaria vaccine trial promisingupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:27:00

A trial study finds a malaria vaccine appears to cut infections by half in a one-year period.

Should I get screened for that?updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 10:42:00

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced that it is no longer recommending prostate cancer screening for men.

Even compliant parents doubt vaccine safetyupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 09:55:00

A new study finds that 28% of parents following the CDC-recommended schedule for childhood vaccinations think it would be safer to delay the shots until children are older. Wanda Sykes: I Had a Double Mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Rather than risk a reoccurrence of breast cancer, the comedian underwent radical surgery

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 10:40:00

Wanda Sykes being outrageous -- that's expected. But for the actress-comedian to be serious? That's rare. Even when the issue is personal.

Experts caution against stem cell treatments abroadupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 13:30:00

There's great potential in the field of regenerative medicine, but doctors caution against seeking experimental treatments in an unregulated environment.

Bachmann rips Perry on HPV orderupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 17:01:00

Gov. Rick Perry admits an executive order requiring 11 and 12-year-old girls to be vaccinated against HPV was a mistake.

The science behind HPV vaccineupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 10:44:00

Elizabeth Cohen explains the science behind the HPV vaccine, a topic that tripped up Rick Perry at the Tea Party debate.

Science shows HPV vaccine safe, beneficialupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 10:44:00

During the recent Republican presidential debate, the issue of vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus, or HPV, came up several times, and some statements have been made that may concern parents of children scheduled to receive the vaccine.

Does a breast reduction lower the risk of breast cancer?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 06:36:00

I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?

After the mammogram storm, what should women do?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:29:00

Christie Hall began putting off mammograms long before debate about appropriate screening became a hot-button issue.

Is weight loss 'sleeve' surgery a good option?updated: Fri Jul 29 2011 07:16:00

I have had a weight problem for 23 years. I have lost and regained over 400 pounds. My weight-loss doctor is offering the "sleeve." I have been told because of my gastroesophageal reflux disease that the Lap Band is not an option, nor is the more well-known gastric bypass because of a high family history of cancer. I have all the problems common in morbidly obese people, some I had even when thin. High, difficult-to-control blood sugar, blood pressure and a mild heart issue controlled by meds. The sleeve has been done only a few years -- can it be a good option for me?

Mammogram technology may be doing more harm than goodupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 17:36:00

Many radiologists rely on specialized computer software to pinpoint suspicious areas in routine mammograms.

Facing chronic pain without drugsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 07:31:00

For two years after a hip surgery that didn't work out as well as he'd hoped, pain shot down Jim Heckler's leg like electrical shocks. Several doctors, eager to help Heckler feel better, prescribed various narcotic painkillers.

Money Magazine: Cheap shots: Get vaccinated for freeupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 10:56:00

Adults tend to miss vaccines that can help keep them healthy.

Benin shifts from voodoo to vaccinationsupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 11:59:00

"Voodoo and Vaccines" explores how Benin is adopting modern medicine into a culture where voodoo healers are tradition.

Going from Voodoo to vaccinesupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 11:59:00

Each year millions of children under the age of 5 in the developing world die of pneumonia and diarrhea. The vaccines to prevent deaths from these diseases do not need to be invented -- they already exist.

Funds raised for vaccinesupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 10:18:00

Donors pledge billions for children's vaccines. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

Donors pledge $4.3B to help global child vaccine programupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 10:18:00

Over $4.3 billion was pledged by major public and private donors at a conference in London on Monday to aid projects vaccinating children in developing countries. David Epstein: Colon's stem cell procedure nothing newupdated: Fri May 13 2011 11:17:00

"Pitcher's Treatment Draws Scrutiny," proclaimed the headline for this week's New York Times story about the medical treatment performed on New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon's elbow and shoulder. The Web browser banner for the story was: "Disputed Treatment Used in Bartolo Colon's Comeback." Based on follow-up headlines across the sports world, the point of dispute is muddled at best and entirely misinterpreted at worst.

Face transplant patient ready to go homeupdated: Tue May 10 2011 09:12:00

Dallas Wiens wanted to feel his 4-year-old daughter's kisses again, something he couldn't do after a horrific electrical accident disfigured his face.

Full-face transplant recipient speaksupdated: Tue May 10 2011 09:12:00

America's first full-face transplant recipient says he didn't think getting a new face was medically possible.

I'm allergic to aspirin, so what can I take for my heart?updated: Wed Apr 06 2011 10:52:00

I am allergic to aspirin and wonder: If I ever needed a blood thinner or daily aspirin, is there any option for me? There is a history of heart disease in my mother's family. I do take irbesartan (Avapro) for high blood pressure and simvastatin (Zocor) for cholesterol control.

Four shots enough to ward off rabiesupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 16:14:00

Four doses of rabies vaccine are enough to prevent infection in most kids exposed to the deadly virus, according to a new policy statement from the nation's largest organization of pediatricians.

Japan halts two vaccines for infantsupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 09:28:00

Japan halts the use of two vaccines for infants commonly used around the world. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Japan suspends 2 vaccines while authorities investigate infant deathsupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 09:28:00

A safety panel convenes in Japan Tuesday to examine whether two vaccines widely used around the world contributed to the deaths of five children in the past month.

What vitamins, supplements should I take after weight-loss surgery?updated: Fri Feb 25 2011 08:19:00

What vitamins and supplements are recommended for people who have had weight loss surgery? And how much?

Justices rule for drug makers in vaccine disputeupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 13:15:00

The Supreme Court ruled for drug manufacturers Tuesday, deciding that a case brought by a Pennsylvania family who says their child was injured by a vaccine cannot be heard outside of a court created to hear such claims.

How can I make my mammogram hurt less?updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 08:38:00

I had my first mammogram yesterday and my breasts are still really sore. I am fairly small-chested, and the tech said that usually makes it hurt more. What can I do for the pain now, and is there anything I can do to make it hurt less next time?

The new goal for Bill Gatesupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 09:36:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Bill Gates about what his foundation aims to do with and for vaccines.

Bill Gates: Vaccine-autism link 'an absolute lie'updated: Mon Feb 07 2011 09:36:00

Microsoft founder Bill Gates sat down recently with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta in Davos, Switzerland. The billionaire philanthropist was attending the World Economic Forum to push his mission of eradicating polio by 2012. Gates, through his foundation, also pledged $10 billion to provide vaccinations to children around the world within a decade.

2009: HPV causes oral cancerupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 07:59:00

From 2009: Oral cancer has primarily been a man's disease, but more women are developing it and one factor is HPV.

HPV vaccine effective in menupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 07:59:00

Boys and young men who receive the human papillomavirus vaccine appear to be at reduced risk of contracting the virus and developing the genital warts associated with the common sexually transmitted disease, according to a large international study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

FDA mulls future of electroshock therapyupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 17:40:00

Electroshock therapy today bears little resemblance to its lurid depictions in Hollywood dramas like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Autism-vaccine study author defends workupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 07:31:00

Andrew Wakefield answers charges that his study linking autism to vaccines is fraudulent.

Make anti-vaccine parents pay higher premiumsupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 07:31:00

Evidence disputing any link between autism and vaccines has been gathering for a decade. The anti-vaccine movement's lynchpin, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been shown to be nothing more than a grifter in a lab coat, with the prestigious British Medical Journal calling his work "an elaborate fraud."

Probe of early autism-vaccine complaints was limited, report saysupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 07:33:00

The medical journal that published a now-retracted paper linking childhood vaccines to autism conducted only a cursory investigation into complaints about the research when they emerged, another British journal reported Tuesday.

Few swayed by fraud finding in autism studyupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 05:51:00

The controversy over the existence of a link between autism and vaccines is not likely to end, even after the only study to imply such a link has been discredited, retracted and called an "elaborate fraud."

Journalist: U.S. should probe Wakefieldupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 05:51:00

Journalist Brian Deer says Andrew Wakefield's autism study was a fraud and that he should face criminal charges.

Medical journal: Study linking autism, vaccines is 'elaborate fraud'updated: Thu Jan 06 2011 11:11:00

A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines is an "elaborate fraud," according to a medical journal -- a charge the physician behind the study vigorously denies.

Is it OK to have a VBAC?updated: Mon Jan 03 2011 08:57:00

I'm pregnant with my third baby and am due next month. I had C-sections with the first two babies but would like to try having the baby naturally this time. People have told me that this is not safe, but I found an obstetrician who is willing to do a VBAC. What's the latest information on having a vaginal delivery after having a C-section?

Researchers urge doctors to disclose sleep fatigue before surgeryupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 20:13:00

Medical institutions should put into place policies to minimize the likelihood of a sleep-deprived doctor performing elective surgery, researchers said Wednesday in an editorial.

From a tree, a 'miracle' called aspirinupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 09:33:00

If you take aspirin, you've got a pain reliever, heart attack preventer and possible cancer preventer rolled into one tablet. You might think that whoever invented aspirin is a genius, but the truth is humans have been using its natural equivalent for thousands of years.

Mom defies doctor, has baby her wayupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 13:28:00

On Thursday, December 2, as Aneka sat at home nine months pregnant, the phone rang.

Traveling with aortic valve transplant?updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 08:59:00

Are there any travel limitations on one who has had an aortic valve transplant two years ago?

Is the HPV shot advised for teen males?updated: Mon Dec 06 2010 08:30:00

What is the deal with the HPV shot for teen boys? I have heard that is now being advised for males. I have a 15-year-old son.

Breast test furor fades but anger lingersupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:18:00

If you're a woman in your 40s, you probably remember how checking the health of your breasts became a point of national contention last year.

What is whooping cough?updated: Thu Oct 21 2010 13:51:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains what whooping cough is, breaks down the common symptoms and ways to prevent it.

10 infants dead in California whooping cough outbreakupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 13:51:00

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has claimed the 10th victim in California, in what health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 60 years.

Where vaccine doubt persistsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 14:50:00

For years, Kelly Lacek felt she and her husband made the right choice by not having her two youngest kids vaccinated. After all, the children were thriving without immunizations.

CNNMoney: Health care: You don't get what you pay forupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 03:43:00

Health plans that allow for many tests, doctor visits and hospital stays don't necessarily deliver the best quality of care for the cost, according to a new industry report Wednesday.

High court divided over vaccine safety appealupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 17:06:00

The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that congressional ambiguity in crafting a 24-year-old law is largely to blame for a bitter, ongoing legal and medical fight over the safety of childhood vaccines.

Could chemo drugs cause a second malignancy?updated: Wed Oct 06 2010 08:35:00

My husband had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1990. He was treated with m-BACOD, then switched to CHOP. Now he is diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.

Study questions benefit of mammograms in women over 50updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 10:47:00

A new study released Thursday suggests mammograms might not be as effective in reducing deaths from breast cancer in women over 50 as previously thought.

The end of the autism/vaccine debate?updated: Fri Sep 10 2010 17:21:00

On playgrounds and at playdates, it's hard to have a conversation about childhood immunizations without the word autism popping up. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that one in four parents is concerned that vaccines can cause autism.

Ruling: No autism-vaccine linkupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 17:21:00

In March, CNN's Don Lemon spoke with Dr. Robert Geller about a court ruling that said vaccines aren't linked to autism.

Experimental vaccine gives father of the bride precious timeupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 09:28:00

Almost a year to the day after learning he had the deadliest form of brain cancer, Steve Holl was dancing at his daughter Eryn's wedding.

Fortune: Why the Gates Foundation aims to knock out polioupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 10:05:00

Jeff Raikes worked with Bill Gates at Microsoft, most recently as president of the business division, for almost 29 years before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as CEO in 2008. The last two years, he's worked building relationships with partners of the $33 billion foundation.

Fortune: What went wrong with Gardasilupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 08:43:00

There's a liquid drug that women can get injected into a layer of muscle -- three separate times over a six-month period -- that can protect them from a kind of cancer. From a scientific perspective, that's amazing. In terms of public health, it's a breakthrough.

Lineman won't be tackled by flu againupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 08:18:00

It was the fifth game of the 2009 Ohio State University football season, and offensive lineman Andy Miller cheered as the Buckeyes sprinted past the Indiana Hoosiers, 33-14, the fourth win of the year. The campus was brimming with excitement, yet for Miller the occasion was bittersweet.

Judge in Anna Nicole Smith drug trial questions caseupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 18:45:00

The judge in the drug trial of Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend-lawyer and two doctors raised questions Wednesday about the California law being used to prosecute them.

Study: Smoking pot may ease chronic painupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 08:27:00

People with chronic pain who aren't getting enough relief from medications may be able to ease their pain by smoking small amounts of marijuana, a new study suggests.

Face transplant recipient makes first public appearanceupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 15:51:00

The world's first full face transplant recipient appeared in public for the first time Monday. The patient, identified only as Oscar, appeared at a press conference at University Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona, Spain.

No vaccine-autism link: Get kids shotsupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 16:25:00

On a beautiful morning in my hometown of Walnut Creek, California, I sat watching my daughter playing in the park. There she was, along with many other kids, swinging, sliding, and running with the kind of pure joy you see only in children.

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