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Swine flu fears over football spittingupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 14:59:00

A UK health agency has warned footballers to stop their "disgusting" habit of spitting as it could lead to the spread of the H1N1 virus.

Public option would lead him to filibuster, key senator saysupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 11:25:00

Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Tuesday he would join a Republican filibuster to block the final vote on any health care bill that has a government-run public health insurance option.

Lieberman may opt outupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 11:25:00

Sen. Joe Lieberman explains he may not support a health-care bill that includes a public option. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Could my new 'freckle' be another basal cell carcinoma?updated: Wed Oct 28 2009 11:11:00

I have basal cell carcinoma. I have had two surgeries on my face. I have had a few frozen off as well. Was to go back to the doctor to get a checkup on the ones he has frozen off. I have canceled every appointment since then. I am just tired of always getting cut on and things frozen off. I always seem to get bad news every time I go. Now, I have noticed a new light brown spot on my face. It looks like a freckle. Yes, I do have them and also am a redhead. I'm 35. So I don't think I'm still getting freckles. I used to tan seven days a week 365 days a year. I always went 25-30 minutes a day. I was just wondering what that spot might be. It's the size of a pencil eraser. Can this cancer spead to my organs'? I told my husband that I would listen to you! He's very TICKED at me for not listening. Thanks for your time.

Asthma and swine flu: Here's what to doupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 10:58:00

Nearly one-third, or 28 percent, of adults and children hospitalized with H1N1, also known as swine flu, have asthma. That's more than any other chronic condition, according to a recent analysis of cases published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Reid backs health care public optionupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 20:21:00

The contentious debate over health care took a new twist Monday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his decision to craft legislation including a public insurance option allowing states to opt out.

Reid supports public optionupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 20:21:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to move forward with a health care bill including a public insurance option.

Is 10 months too young to repair an undescended testicle?updated: Mon Oct 26 2009 12:28:00

My 10-month-old baby boy is having surgery for an undescended testicle. Is he too young to put him through surgery or should I go ahead with it? Should I give him more time for the testicle to descend?

Women's health problems doctors still missupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 12:07:00

Ashley Price felt terrible. She was tired, dizzy spells came and went, dark splotches popped up on her chest for no reason, and she'd gained 50 pounds in two years. Some days she was starving; other days she could barely eat. Her doc suggested that her problems would go away if Price just ate less and exercised more, even though she was dieting and working out regularly. Price demanded thyroid tests, only to have them come back normal.

H1N1 Vaccine skepticismupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 11:19:00

Health officials urge pregnant women to get the H1N1 vaccine, but many are skeptical. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Frustration looms as H1N1 vaccines run outupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 11:19:00

Yessica Maher of Los Angeles, California, feels let down. She had wanted to get the H1N1 vaccine for herself and her children, but that's proving to be difficult.

Tweens challenged by grown-up malady: Breast cancerupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 09:38:00

Hannah Powell-Auslam of La Mirada, California, had surgery this month to check her lymph nodes, just in case the breast cancer had spread.

FSB: Selling health tips to globe trottersupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 09:19:00

While running health services at the University of Baltimore in the early 1990s, Fran Lessans met a law student who was petrified about the prospect of attending her mother-in-law's funeral in Ghana. The young woman had visited the country once before but ended up getting sick and spending two weeks in the hospital. For the funeral trip, she'd done her homework and gotten the right shots, Lessans recalls. But no one had counseled her about water purification and what foods to avoid.

Medical marijuana policy move sparks cautious optimismupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:49:00

Patients in the 13 states where medical marijuana is legal can now light up without fear of federal reprisal, but they may still have to answer to local authorities.

Study: Childhood cancer survivors less likely to marryupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:34:00

Three years ago, Anne Willis mentioned to the man she was dating that she didn't know about her fertility, since she had undergone cancer treatment as a teenager. His response --"Oh, so you don't know if you're going be able to have kids?" -- was off-putting.

A H1N1 flu to-do (and don't do) listupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:31:00

Swine flu vaccines are rolling out this month -- finally. Health-care workers in Indiana and Tennessee were the first to get the nose-spray version, while New Yorkers clamoring for the H1N1 vaccine finally had their chance too.

Beijing vaccines target youngupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:31:00

CNN's John Vause updates China's efforts to vaccinate its people against H1N1.

Breast cancer care optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

After a breast cancer diagnosis, some rush to treatment. But as Elizabeth Cohen reports, experts say know your options.

Breast cancer patients: Don't rush, consider all your optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

H1N1 vaccinations rolled out in UKupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 10:32:00

A mass H1N1 immunization program began in the UK Wednesday, with the country's health minister urging all priority groups to take up the vaccine.

New York suspends mandatory flu shotsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 10:28:00

New York public health workers will no longer be required to be vaccinated against both the seasonal and H1N1 flu virus, state officials announced Thursday, prompted by a vaccine shortage.

Optional public option enters Senate health care talksupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 08:11:00

Senate Democratic leaders met Thursday night with White House officials to consider including a government-funded public health insurance option, along with a provision allowing states to opt out of it, in a health care overhaul bill.

Breast cancer patients advised to consider optionsupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 16:22:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

CNNMoney: Hand sanitizer in short supply as swine flu hitsupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 14:58:00

Demand for hand sanitizer has gone through the roof since the first cases of swine flu broke out earlier this year, and some makers of the germ-fighting gels are scrambling to keep up.

H1N1 flu remedy shortageupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 13:08:00

Kitty Pilgrim, Lisa Sylvester and Ines Ferre report about the H1N1 flu pandemic.

Swine flu vs. seasonal fluupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 05:57:00

How much more virulent is the swine flu than the regular seasonal flu? Kitty Pilgrim reports.

New York suspends mandatory flu shots for health workersupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 05:57:00

New York public health workers will no longer be required to be vaccinated against both the seasonal and H1N1 flu virus, state officials announced Thursday, prompted by a vaccine shortage.

Optional public option enters health care talksupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 22:06:00

Senate Democratic leaders met Thursday night with White House officials to consider including a government-funded public health insurance option, along with a provision allowing states to opt out of it, in a health care overhaul bill.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: H1N1 Virusupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 21:51:00

Students will learn about the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu) and research why officials are concerned about the H1N1 pandemic. Students will also learn about the measures that are being taken by international, federal and local health authorities to prevent the spread of colds and the flu and a possible outbreak of influenza.

Peanut allergy can be deadlyupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 16:32:00

Peanuts are as American as baseball -- Americans ate nearly 1.7 billion pounds of them last year, according to the Georgia Peanut Council.

Living with food allergiesupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 15:37:00

Kyle Graddy and family document their trip to The Hill, where they lobby for laws to manage food allergies in schools.

Commentary: Boy pushes Congress for food allergy guidelinesupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 15:37:00

My name is Kyle Graddy. I'm 9 years old and I have a peanut allergy. I traveled to Washington last week to help myself and other kids with food allergies to have a safer experience at school.

Peanut-free ballgame highlights food allergy dangersupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 15:22:00

Nine-year-old Kyle Graddy looked out across a minor league baseball diamond for the first time in his life and pondered the possibility of his own death.

Peanut free baseballupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 15:22:00

Kyle, 9, has never been to a pro baseball game because of a severe peanut allergy, but one stadium makes it possible.

Rocker battles breast cancerupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 14:24:00

Former KISS drummer, Peter Criss chats to Elizabeth Cohen out about the stigma of being a man battling breast cancer.

Original KISS drummer celebrates surviving breast cancerupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 14:24:00

A year after beating breast cancer, Peter Criss, a founding member of the rock band KISS, calls himself "the luckiest man in the planet."

H1N1 shots come to Britainupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 13:14:00

Britain begins efforts to vaccinate millions of people against H1N1. ITN's Rags Martel reports.

Feds back off medical marijuanaupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 22:10:00

The U.S. will no longer prosecute medical marijuana facilities, but local officials vow more raids. Casey Wian reports.

Weekly paper seeks medical marijuana dispensary reviewerupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 22:10:00

It certainly isn't your average help wanted ad.

Could my cough and sore throat be a reaction to the flu vaccine?updated: Mon Oct 19 2009 09:40:00

I received the flu shot but about 10 days later came down with a painful cough, headache, fatigue and sore throat, but no fever. Is this a reaction to the flu shot? It's miserable!

Commentary: Dems head for health care crackup?updated: Mon Oct 19 2009 09:29:00

I started on Capitol Hill in the fall of 1989 as an intern for House Minority Leader Bob Michel. Republicans had just elected a firebrand named Newt Gingrich to be their whip. Democrats had just replaced their speaker, Jim Wright, with Tom Foley. And George H. W. Bush was settling in to his first year as president.

CDC: Production of H1N1 flu vaccine laggingupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 11:08:00

As more people are getting sick from the H1N1 flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that the production of the H1N1 vaccine is slower than expected.

H1N1 vaccine slowupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 11:08:00

The CDC reports that the production of the H1N1 vaccine is slower than expected.

Feds approve new HPV vaccineupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 09:58:00

The Food and Drug Administration approved a second vaccine intended to protect against cervical cancer.

Is autism genetic? Researchers zero in on an answerupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 17:18:00

Alisa Rock, whose 10-year-old son Connor has autism, says parents of autistic children often align themselves with one of two camps: There are those who believe that genes cause the disorder, and those firmly convinced that environmental factors are to blame.

New York workers must get flu shots, for now, judge rulesupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 10:41:00

A New York judge denied a request Wednesday for a temporary restraining order barring the state from mandating flu vaccines for health care workers but left open that possibility pending another hearing on the matter next week.

What happens next in health care reform?updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 16:57:00

The focus on health care reform now shifts to the Democratic leadership in Congress a day after the Senate Finance Committee voted through its version of the health care bill.

Is there a hyperthyroid treatment for people with iodine allergy?updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 16:54:00

Are there any treatments for hyperthyroidism when the patient is severely allergic to iodine?

Study: Underlying conditions playing less of role in H1N1updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 10:50:00

New research suggests that nearly half of patients hospitalized with the H1N1 virus had no underlying conditions, an increase from prior findings, a federal health official said Tuesday.

Obama lauds committee's billupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:22:00

President Obama says the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a health care bill is a "critical milestone," but says more work lies ahead.

Senate panel OKs health reform bill; Obama: 'We're not there yet'updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:22:00

The health care reform debate reached a new milestone Tuesday as a key congressional committee passed an $829 billion plan projected to extend coverage to an additional 29 million Americans.

White House disputes reportupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 15:57:00

The nation's heath insurance industry issues a report that the White House calls flawed. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Pushback grows against insurance industry reportupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 15:57:00

They're angry and fighting back with full force.

Crush of cancer, medical bills snares familyupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 09:37:00

Leslie Elder's eyelids fluttered open, and through the fog of pain medication, she saw the emergency room doctors pull back the curtain in her room.

Medical bills snare familyupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 09:37:00

A middle-class family struggles with health insurance and cancer. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Soldier dies after receiving smoker's lungs in transplantupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 06:33:00

A leading UK hospital has defended its practice of using organs donated by smokers after the death of a soldier who received the cancerous lungs of a heavy smoker.

New ways to survive cardiac arrestupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 16:56:00

I am going to let you in on a secret: When a person's heart stops beating, it's not the end. Contrary to what you may think, death is not a single event. Instead, it's a process that can be interrupted.

What is causing my daughter's ringworm?updated: Mon Oct 12 2009 09:14:00

My daughter has had ringworm for about a month. It is getting worse. She used a cream. What causes ringworm? We don't have pets.

To vaccinate or not? Some wary on H1N1 choiceupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 14:18:00

Mary Peterson of Des Moines, Washington, doesn't believe the vaccine for the novel H1N1 flu has been studied enough to get it for herself and her daughters, who are 1 and 3 years old.

Should you get H1N1 vaccine?updated: Fri Oct 09 2009 14:18:00

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talk about confusion surrounding the H1N1 vaccine.

How we're winning the war on breast cancerupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 13:09:00

I was 18 when I first felt a lump in my breast. Of course, I was convinced that I was going to die. This was three decades ago -- back when we knew far less about breast cancer. A general surgeon removed the lump, which, thank goodness, wasn't malignant.

'Silent' heart attacks more common than thought, study saysupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 10:27:00

Although many people think of a heart attack as a painful, sometimes fatal event, there are some heart attacks that go entirely unnoticed.

Health Files: Heart attacksupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 10:27:00

CNN's Linda Ciampa reports on the recovery process for people who have suffered a heart attack.

Anger, stress may be linked to heart problemsupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 10:24:00

When you get angry, the stress isn't restricted to your head. New research shows that anger actually triggers electrical changes in the heart, which can predict future arrhythmias in some patients.

As first vaccines go out, H1N1 questions answeredupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 11:40:00

For 13-year-old Brandon Marti, the intranasal vaccine felt "good," "cold" and "watery" at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York, on Tuesday.

Study: Cocaine vaccine could help addictsupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 11:01:00

An experimental vaccine for cocaine addicts can help some users kick the habit, according to a new study.

Study: Cholesterol levels tied to increased risk for dementiaupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 19:52:00

People as young as 40 with borderline or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia, said a Kaiser Permanente study released Tuesday.

Petraeus was treated for prostate cancerupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 19:29:00

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, has been treated for early stage prostate cancer and says recent screening tests have delivered "very positive" news.

Commentary: Where have all the malaria patients gone?updated: Tue Oct 06 2009 06:09:00

I recently accompanied Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO, and Ray Chambers, U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria, on a trip to Africa to see firsthand the region's fight against malaria.

First doses of H1N1 flu vaccine arriveupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 16:34:00

A national campaign to inoculate tens of millions of Americans against H1N1 influenza began Monday, with health care workers in Indiana and Tennessee targeted as the first recipients, federal health authorities said.

Autism rates surgeupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 15:46:00

The CDC is now reporting one in 91 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Alina Cho reports.

Obama rallies doctors for health care reformupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 15:09:00

President Obama kicked off a crucial week in the health care reform debate Monday by castigating political opponents for spreading distortions about his plan.

Cooking for cancer patientsupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:51:00

Recipes from a new cookbook help cancer patients combat food complaints and the side effects of cancer therapy.

Cookbook helps make food appetizing for cancer patientsupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:51:00

Walk into Lisa Nasser's kitchen most evenings and you're greeted by rich aromas that indicate an exceptional cook is at work on a delicious creation.

Why care about cholesterol?updated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

Who should care about their cholesterol levels? Everyone, especially women. CNN's Melissa Long explains.

Knowing cholesterol numbers could ward off heart diseaseupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

When 48-year-old Erin Peiffer, of Eldersburg, Maryland, learned that she had high cholesterol in her 20s, she never thought it would pose a problem.

CNNMoney: Too sick for comprehensive health insurance?updated: Mon Oct 05 2009 11:14:00

Forty-five-year-old Nancy Pessler is too sick to work full time. Instead, she has turned fighting her insurance company into a full-time job. Pessler, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of so many Americans falling through the cracks in the health care debate.

Report: More than 1M preemies die in first month annuallyupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 19:56:00

More than 1 million babies born prematurely die each year before they are a month old, the March of Dimes said Sunday in the first comprehensive global report on premature births.

CNNMoney: Senate committee winds up health-care debateupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 07:49:00

The Senate Finance Committee completed debate on proposed health-care legislation early Friday.

Army of volunteers saves lives with clipboards, high spiritsupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:29:00

"We are an army," says Andrea Ivory of the group gathered with her early on a Saturday morning.

CNN Heroes: Andrea Ivoryupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:29:00

Andrea Ivory is bringing early detection to the doorsteps of uninsured women in Miami, Florida.

What to know about getting H1N1 vaccineupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 17:04:00

Next week, the long-awaited H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive. At least three of the four vaccine makers have begun shipping their products to undisclosed distribution centers.

Answers to H1N1 questionsupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 17:04:00

The swine flu vaccine is almost here. The question now is, will you get one? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen gets answers.

Mom, babies benefit from treating pregnancy-related diabetesupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 15:51:00

Women who develop a mild case of gestational diabetes during pregnancy tend to have fewer complications and healthier babies if the diabetes is treated, according to the first large-scale randomized trial in the U.S. to address whether such treatment leads to health benefits for mother and child.

Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?updated: Wed Sep 30 2009 16:00:00

Is multiple sclerosis genetic or hereditary? If so, what are the statistics (for example 1 in 1,000)?

CNNMoney: Doctors slash vaccines due to rising costsupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 15:14:00

Parents who bring their kids to Dr. G. Andrew McIntosh for the chicken pox vaccine are out of luck.

CNNMoney: The fear factor in health care costsupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 15:13:00

Every time a doctor orders an extra test for you, it pushes up your medical costs and -- some experts say -- contributes to the waste in the nation's $2.2 trillion in health care spending.

Public option debateupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 14:07:00

Senators on a key committee take a stand on a controversial health care reform provision. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Public option: 'Nothing is ever dead on Capitol Hill'updated: Wed Sep 30 2009 14:07:00

As lawmakers huddled this summer to put together the framework for health care legislation, it quickly became evident that the battle over President Obama's top priority would be neither quick nor easy.

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.

Senate panel votes down public option for health care billupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:17:00

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected two amendments to include a government-run public health insurance option in the only compromise health care bill so far.

Baucus plan and 'Harry'updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:17:00

How will the proposed Baucus plan affect the hypothetical heart attack Harry? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Fears over cancer vaccine as schoolgirl diesupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:07:00

The death of a 14-year-old girl in England after she received a vaccination for Human Papilloma virus (HPV) has prompted a widespread freeze on the country's national vaccination program.

Teen dies after Cervarix shotupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:07:00

A teen dies shortly after being inoculated with a drug to help prevent cervical cancer. ITN's Sally Biddulph reports.

Shipments of H1N1 flu vaccine leave factoriesupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 19:29:00

At least three of the four makers of H1N1 vaccine have begun shipping their products, their representatives told CNN Tuesday.

Senate Democrats plan to force vote on public optionupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:01:00

Two members of the Senate Finance Committee plan to put their Democratic colleagues on the spot on Tuesday by offering amendments on whether to give uninsured Americans the opportunity to join a government insurance program.

Will kids be saddled with debtupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:01:00

Carol Costello looks into whether our children really will inherit unprecedented debt and taxes with health care reform.

Alcohol may protect the brain during an accidentupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 09:53:00

Alcohol, a drug that is a major cause of accidents, may actually protect the brain from a life-threatening injury when an accident does occur, according to a study published this week in Archives of Surgery.

Should teen boys check testicles regularly?updated: Mon Sep 28 2009 09:28:00

At my teenage son's recent visit to the pediatrician, he was advised to check his testicles regularly. Is this necessary? I don't remember being told this when I was growing up.

Obama resumes health care push, vows to 'get it done this year'updated: Sun Sep 27 2009 01:20:00

After a heady week on a high-stakes world stage, President Obama returned to America's messiest political mosh pit -- the health care debate.

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