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Can meditation really slow aging?updated Thu Jul 10 2014 06:34:58

It's seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot the Hollywood hills. Here by the shore, curlews and sandpipers cluster on the damp sand. A few meters back from the water's edge, a handful of people sit cross-legged: members of a local Buddhist center about to begin an hour-long silent meditation.

Beating the bulge: Brazil's burgeoning obesity problemupdated Wed Jul 09 2014 09:32:17

"I saw these seats before the tournament began but it's not a good way to deal with it. It's a kind of segregation," explains Dr. Guilherme Cotta, a bariatric (weight-loss) surgeon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

'Bionic eye' lets blind man 'see' againupdated Tue Jun 24 2014 05:43:50

As a teenager, Roger Pontz's eyesight began to fail. Doctors told him there was nothing they could do to save his vision and over the years his sight deteriorated until, by the age of 40, he was completely blind.

Sonar sticks use ultrasound to guide blind people updated Fri Jun 20 2014 05:45:34

"On the streets the sidewalks are cluttered with street vendors, animals, streetlights and other obstacles which make them uncomfortable even for sighted people," explains Professor Meenakshi Balakrishnan, a computer engineer at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Delhi.

The 'bionic eye'updated Thu Jun 19 2014 06:55:26

CNN's Sanjay Gupta looks at an incredible device that's helping blind people to see.

Living with blindnessupdated Thu Jun 19 2014 05:55:50

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta meets a group of people who have lost their vision, and learns how they deal with blindness.

Seeing through soundupdated Thu Jun 19 2014 04:23:29

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Brian Bushway, a blind man who uses echolocation to get around.

Tiny robotic arm could operate on babies in the wombupdated Wed Jun 18 2014 07:01:21

Some birth defects in newborns could one day be a thing of the past due to new robotics technologies being developed to perform surgery on babies in the womb.

Time-lapse video reveals secret life of an embryo, helps women conceiveupdated Mon Jun 16 2014 05:46:11

It is estimated that around one in four couples around the world have trouble conceiving. For a small proportion of them, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a technology that can restore the dream of parenthood.

The truth about tobaccoupdated Sat May 31 2014 05:41:52

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Return of the 'White Plague': Fears over the rise of 'incurable' TBupdated Wed May 28 2014 06:17:06

"Sometimes I ask myself, why me? Why did this have to happen again?" says 31-year-old Andile from the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa. "But the problem is I could have got it anywhere, on the bus, in a taxi, in my work. It's everywhere."

How does IVF work?updated Fri May 23 2014 07:09:46

CNN's Vital Signs talks to families who have benefited from IVF treatment and the doctors who made the breakthrough.

The smog-guzzling buildings fighting deadly pollution updated Fri May 23 2014 05:31:03

Air pollution is now the biggest global environmental killer, the WHO has confirmed. The seven million deaths it caused in 2012 exceeded the victims of cigarettes, and is more than double previous estimates.

Why was IVF so controversial?updated Wed May 21 2014 13:02:19

Vital SIgns travels to the United Kingdom to find out about the history of IVF.

How far has IVF treatment come?updated Wed May 21 2014 12:53:30

Gemma and Simon Potter were told that they would never be able to have children. Their daughter is now 2 years old.

Meet Mr. Robin, grandma's robot buddyupdated Fri May 16 2014 05:31:24

Almost eight years have passed since Bill Gates hailed a new era of "a robot in every home," and for most of us the sci-fi dream of an all-purpose automated assistant seems no closer.

Dirty water: The child killer we can stopupdated Mon May 12 2014 06:49:10

Imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where two million children under the age of five were dying every year of diseases that were entirely preventable. Imagine that this world was divided in two, where in one half children were free from this scourge and the other half lived in fear of these diseases which threatened their families every single day.

Hunting the 'fiery serpent': The quest to wipe out Guinea wormupdated Fri May 09 2014 06:27:33

"It's such a loser of a disease that some countries eradicated it without even knowing they'd had it. It can naturally disappear."

Top 20 most polluted cities in the worldupdated Thu May 08 2014 05:11:51

Air quality in most cities that monitor their pollution levels exceed what the World Health Organization deems as safe.

The big sleep: Unlocking the secrets of suspended animationupdated Tue May 06 2014 06:31:31

Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your blood hemorrhages unseen from ruptured vessels. The loss of that blood is starving your organs of vital nutrients and oxygen. You are entering cardiac arrest.

WHO sounds alarm on spread of polioupdated Mon May 05 2014 14:18:50

The spread of polio constitutes an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization declared Monday.

From toilet to tap: Getting a taste for drinking recycled waste waterupdated Thu May 01 2014 05:50:40

A third successive year of California's worst drought in a century has the Golden State's reservoirs at record lows. Agriculture has been affected, hitting the local economy, while some small communities risk running out of water.

This machine makes drinking water from thin airupdated Thu Apr 24 2014 06:02:15

Water. A vital nutrient, yet one that is inaccessible to many worldwide.

Haiti searches for clean water solutionsupdated Wed Apr 23 2014 06:10:52

In January 2010 a seven-point magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing more than 250,000 people and damaging its infrastructure, including some water systems.

Artificial eyes, plastic skulls: 3-D printing the human body updated Thu Apr 17 2014 05:43:40

The 21st century has seen the growth of 3-D printing, with well-known applications in architecture, manufacturing, engineering, and now increasingly in medicine.

Haiti's clean water crisisupdated Wed Apr 16 2014 10:52:27

Meet a young girl who walks for nearly two hours a day to fetch water for her family while still making time for school.

Could deadly water epidemic strike again?updated Wed Apr 16 2014 10:40:22

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the constant threat of waterborne diseases in the island nation of Haiti.

Clean water solutions for Haitiupdated Wed Apr 16 2014 10:37:23

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores how technology like reverse osmosis and chlorine purification can help solve the country's water crisis.

Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes 'Robohand' with 3-D printerupdated Mon Apr 14 2014 05:43:02

"I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."

Creating body parts in a lab: 'Things are happening now' updated Thu Apr 10 2014 18:31:11

Two body parts. One scientific leap.

World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6updated Mon Apr 07 2014 06:47:46

There's a popular African proverb that seems particularly relevant to this World Health Day: "If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito." Beyond their power to annoy, mosquitoes and other insects carry an outsized ability to kill, disable and disfigure people in massive numbers.

Robot exoskeleton lets girl lift her arms, reach for the stars updated Wed Apr 02 2014 05:58:50

A child throwing a ball. On the face of it, a simple act, but for four-year old Hannah Mohn this is a milestone.

Deadliest ever outbreak of Ebola virus: What you need to knowupdated Thu Mar 27 2014 13:18:26

It began with a just a handful of cases in Guinea in March. But it spread quickly to two other countries and is now the deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus on record.

Scientists race to eliminate malaria as 'wonder drug' loses its powersupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 07:31:41

The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at their fullest, but Francois Nosten still crosses them in just a minute, aboard a narrow, wooden boat. In the dry season, he could wade across. As he steps onto the western riverbank, in Myanmar, he passes no checkpoint and presents no passport.

Scientists race to eliminate malaria as 'wonder drug' loses its powersupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 07:29:16

Continued from part 1

3-D printing gave her a chance at a normal lifeupdated Thu Mar 20 2014 13:08:18

Sanjay Gupta looks at how the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) has transformed the life of a 4 year-old girl.

3-D printing for the human bodyupdated Thu Mar 20 2014 12:58:10

Sanjay Gupta explores how 3-D printing is affecting the world of medicine.

How a 3-D printed arm gave hope to boy maimed in bomb blastupdated Wed Mar 19 2014 07:09:49

It's a good thing I didn't know exactly how dangerous a trip I was embarking on, because when I left home in October 2013 to fly to Sudan, I was scared enough. What I had committed to was, quite frankly, the most "impossible" thing I'd ever tried to accomplish.

Refugee amputee gets 3-D printed armupdated Wed Mar 19 2014 06:22:55

Sanjay Gupta meets Mick Ebeling who took 3D printers to South Sudan and taught locals to print prosthetic limbs.

Lungs on a chip, 3-D printed hearts: The shape of medicine to comeupdated Wed Mar 12 2014 12:10:48

3-D printers are currently being used or explored by a multitude of industries -- from printing toys and automotive parts to meat and even houses. In medicine, they are already used to print prosthetic limbs and make patient-specific models of body parts that surgeons can use as guides during reconstructive surgery. It's no surprise, then, that scientists around the world are investigating whether living cells can be used to print replacement organs and tissues.

Second baby possibly 'cured' of HIVupdated Thu Mar 06 2014 10:58:00

The first time, it happened almost by accident.

Prostate surgery comes out slightly ahead of 'watchful waiting' in new study updated Wed Mar 05 2014 21:00:42

When it comes to prostate cancer, aggressive surgery saves lives and leads to a better quality of life, according to a new study that could inflame the debate over how best to treat the disease -- and in some cases, whether to treat it at all.

City cycling: Road to fitness, or accident waiting to happen?updated Tue Mar 04 2014 05:12:46

It was just another morning commute. That is, until a bus driver ran a red light, turned right, and drove straight into Ann-Doerthe Hass Jensen. The bus knocked the social worker off her bike, trapping her underneath, a wheel pinning down and crushing her left foot. It was a school bus heading to a Copenhagen kindergarten, and the children aboard were screaming. Ann was rushed to hospital in excruciating pain, every bone in her foot shattered.

Sound machines for babies: Too loud? Too close?updated Mon Mar 03 2014 00:00:41

Parents: You want your baby to sleep soundly so that you can sleep too, right?

Fears that World Cup could increase spread of HIVupdated Thu Jan 07 2010 08:50:12

Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster.

Fears that World Cup could increase spread of HIVupdated Thu Jan 07 2010 07:00:08

Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster.

Medical Clowningupdated Thu Jan 07 2010 06:28:51

In Israel, medical clowns have become part of the medical team in most children's hospitals.

Chopstick stuck in kid's noseupdated Tue Jan 05 2010 09:17:40

CNN's John Vause reports how doctors in China removed a chopstick from a little boy's brain, after it went up his nose.

Disinfectants could give rise to antibiotic-resistant superbugsupdated Wed Dec 30 2009 06:42:58

A new study has provided more evidence that using common disinfectants could promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Why transplants use 'imperfect' organsupdated Mon Dec 28 2009 07:32:45

A widespread shortage of organs for transplantation means surgeons are forced to use "less than ideal" organs -- a practice that can have deadly consequences.

The gift of life or death?updated Sat Dec 26 2009 23:37:36

A shortage in organ donations forces doctors to accept the use of organs from marginal donors.

'My story of C'updated Sat Dec 26 2009 22:56:19

British teenager Jazzy De Lizzer is trying to raise awareness of hepatitis-C, a disease she suffers from.

Old remedies go modernupdated Sat Dec 26 2009 22:40:13

Ancient cures find a place in modern medicine and scientist get closer to building a "bionic man."

How much do you know about biotherapies?updated Thu Dec 24 2009 11:00:15

The history of transplantsupdated Thu Dec 24 2009 09:30:16

Life with Hepatitis C for London's teenage 'It Girl'updated Thu Dec 24 2009 08:50:22

Recently named London's "It Girl" by society magazine Vanity Fair, 18-year-old Jazzy de Lisser is said to have it all. She is beautiful and affluent, her best friends include Sting's daughter, Coco Sumner, and she is often compared to another famous British trend-setter, Kate Moss.

WHO wants health issues at heart of climate talksupdated Thu Dec 17 2009 09:33:52

The World Health Organization (WHO) held a "side event" for public health officials in Copenhagen, Thursday, in an effort to put public health at the center of the climate-change debate.

Scientists unlock genetic code in major cancer breakthroughupdated Thu Dec 17 2009 07:45:23

The entire genetic codes of two common types of cancer have been cracked, according to scientists, who say the breakthrough could unlock a new era in the treatment of deadly diseases.

Paralyzed man 'turns thoughts into sounds'updated Wed Dec 16 2009 11:37:12

An experimental system is letting a paralyzed man turn his thoughts into the beginnings of real-time speech, according to researchers.

Top 10 health innovations of 2009updated Tue Dec 15 2009 07:43:52

No one doubts that the most high-profile health crisis of 2009 was the unexpected outbreak of H1N1 -- the swine flu virus that has claimed almost 10,000 lives, according to the World Health Organization.

Uganda bans female circumcisionupdated Sat Dec 12 2009 08:27:51

The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill banning female genital mutilation, a traditional rite that has sparked an international outcry and is practiced in some African and Asian communities.

Rain 'not enough' to end hunger in Kenyaupdated Thu Dec 10 2009 05:16:05

Recent rainfall has brought new vegetation to parts of Kenya that haven't seen rain for years, but aid workers say it's too little, too late to undo the damage caused by years of drought.

Would you choose your child's gender?updated Tue Dec 08 2009 05:50:33

Genetic screening techniques that allow parents to choose their children's gender are now more accurate than ever and are becoming increasingly mainstream, but experts are divided over whether the technology should be used in this way.

Would you choose your child's gender?updated Tue Dec 08 2009 05:48:19

Genetic screening techniques that allow parents to choose their children's gender are now more accurate than ever and are becoming increasingly mainstream, but experts are divided over whether the technology should be used in this way.

The smartphone apps that could save your lifeupdated Mon Dec 07 2009 10:09:01

There are a growing number of smartphone applications aimed at assisting medical professionals or improving personal health.

Model's death highlights plastic surgery risksupdated Wed Dec 02 2009 11:48:58

Following the death of a former Miss Argentina after complications arising from plastic surgery, questions are being raised about the risks of cosmetic surgery.

'Dawn of a new era' for AIDS in South Africa?updated Tue Dec 01 2009 11:30:37

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced new policies to tackle the country's AIDS epidemic on Tuesday.

The Clinic: How to live longerupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 13:27:43

CNN.com today featured a live Webcast of The Clinic, looking at how science is making progress in the quest for immortality.

Tips to add years to your lifeupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 11:47:25

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta teams with anti-aging experts to bring you an in-depth discussion on the search for immortality.

Alcohol takes its toll on Russians' healthupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 09:52:00

In Russia, where the government has designated alcoholism a "national disaster," men have an average life expectancy of just 60 years -- one of the lowest in Europe.

Russia battles alcoholupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 09:16:57

Vital Signs travels to Russia where in some parts of the country alcohol is killing half the population.

The search for immortalityupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 11:48:24

On Monday the 3oth November Vital Signs: The Clinic hosts a live webcast with Dr Sanjay Gupta and anti-aging experts.

History of genetic breakthroughsupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 10:43:36

The genetic promiseupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 06:47:54

New technology can screen embryos for genetic disease, but, controversially, it also allows parents to choose their baby?s gender.

Living with genetic diseaseupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 06:23:10

Mother of two, Stephanie Shapiro talks about her children's genetic disease and a potential breakthrough in preventing the illness.

Russia battles alcoholupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 06:22:16

Vital Signs travels to Russia where in some parts of the country alcohol is killing half the population.

Trapped 'coma' manupdated Thu Nov 26 2009 11:11:06

Since a car crash in 1983, Rom Houban laid in a fully conscious state unable to communicate, until now.

Living with genetic diseaseupdated Thu Nov 26 2009 10:57:30

Mother of two, Stephanie Shapiro talks about her children's genetic disease and a potential breakthrough in preventing the illness.

Genetic disease: Mother hopes for cure for dying childrenupdated Thu Nov 26 2009 06:38:51

Every 30 minutes, somewhere in the world a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 (according to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation).

U.N. report: New HIV infections decreasingupdated Tue Nov 24 2009 12:40:11

New HIV infections have fallen worldwide by 17 percent over the past eight years, a testament to prevention efforts, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.

Trapped 'coma' man: How was he misdiagnosed?updated Tue Nov 24 2009 06:33:32

A Belgian car crash victim who was misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state for 23 years was conscious the whole time, it has emerged.

What are genes?updated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:56:37

Find out about the basics of cells, chromosomes, and the genes contained in your DNA.

Child gender selection - Russiaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:32:11

A Russian woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

Child gender selection - Mexicoupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:30:00

A Mexican woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

Child gender selection - Israelupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:26:53

An Israeli man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Franceupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:25:06

A French man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Englandupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:21:19

An English woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

Child gender selection - Egyptupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:16:45

An Egyptian man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Cubaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:13:05

A Cuban man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Chinaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:08:31

A Chinese man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - South Africaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:05:12

A South African woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

HIV+ soccer team scores against stigmaupdated Thu Nov 19 2009 11:06:32

Somebody told me about a group of HIV positive ladies in the Epworth Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in Zimbabwe who had formed a football team and every time they won a match, they would march through the clinic in their football jerseys singing uplifting songs in order to inspire other HIV-infected people like them.

Afghanistan's mental breakdownupdated Tue Nov 17 2009 11:34:26

In Afghanistan, the fight to heal broken minds clashes with the fight to break drug addiction. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Pakistan's HIV cricket team are positive role modelsupdated Tue Nov 17 2009 10:17:24

Cricket is the national sport in Pakistan, but what makes the First Positive Cricket Team stand out from all the other Karachi-based clubs is that its members are all HIV positive.

Could humans one day live to 1,000 years?updated Tue Nov 17 2009 10:12:32

CNN's global health show Vital Signs has teamed up with world renowned anti-aging experts to bring you an in-depth discussion on the search for immortality.

Counting the world's 'invisible' childrenupdated Mon Nov 16 2009 09:10:04

Most people take their birth certificates for granted, but for millions of people around the world, they simply do not exist, causing them to miss out on fundamental rights, including access to free health care and education services, according to the Britain-based international charity Plan.

World Diabetes Day: Rise in number of kidney disease worldwideupdated Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:13

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

My Story of Cupdated Thu Nov 12 2009 12:16:48

Eighteen-year-old "It Girl" Jazzy de Lisser's award winning video diary on her lifelong struggle with hepatitis C

Enke death: What are the roots of depression?updated Thu Nov 12 2009 11:41:38

Robert Enke, the goalkeeper for the German national football team who killed himself on Tuesday, was suffering from depression, his widow has revealed.

WHO: Women's health an 'urgent priority'updated Wed Nov 11 2009 10:53:10

Societies fail women at key moments in their lives by not offering them quality health care, which undermines their ability to reach their full potential, the World Health Organization says in a new report.

How mood mapping helped me beat bipolar disorderupdated Wed Nov 11 2009 08:25:15

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 28. I was a successful neurosurgeon in a leading UK teaching hospital, and a leading researcher in head injury. This diagnosis followed 12 months in which I had experienced a series of personal and work related stresses.

Vital Signs health tipsupdated Tue Nov 10 2009 11:29:00

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Staring down the stigmaupdated Tue Nov 10 2009 10:05:40

Molebatsi Pooe-Shongwe tells CNN how her organization is helping educate South Africans about breast cancer.

Saudi minister gets H1N1 vaccine on TV to calm fearsupdated Sat Nov 07 2009 07:06:18

Saudi Arabia's health minister was the first person in the country to receive the H1N1 vaccination Saturday in a televised event aimed at calming fears about the safety of the vaccine.

The artificial hand that can 'feel'updated Fri Nov 06 2009 11:32:56

Researchers are working on a breakthrough in artificial limb technology -- a prosthetic hand that can actually feel.

Afghan schools shut down after first H1N1 deathupdated Thu Nov 05 2009 11:02:34

It's 1p.m. and squeals of delight reverberate off the apartment complex walls.

Life-logging camera brings new hope for memory-loss patientsupdated Thu Nov 05 2009 07:49:10

A small, wearable camera that captures images automatically could change the way memory loss patients, in particular those with Alzheimer's, are treated, experts say.

X-ray voted top modern discoveryupdated Wed Nov 04 2009 14:34:03

The X-ray machine was Wednesday named the most important scientific invention, in a poll marking the centenary of the Science Museum in London.

Gaza on swine flu alertupdated Tue Nov 03 2009 18:24:23

Swine flu has not reached Gaza yet but with 1.5 million residents squeezed into 360 square kilometers it would appear to be a small miracle.

House of Friendshipupdated Tue Nov 03 2009 12:04:22

Casa de la Amistad is a house of friendship to Mexico's youngest cancer patients, providing free housing and medicine children.

Father fights mother over baby's lifeupdated Mon Nov 02 2009 09:47:59

A baby born with a severe birth defect put its parents on opposing sides in a British court Monday over whether to switch off the child's life support.

Test your knowledge on cancer factsupdated Mon Nov 02 2009 07:59:57

Pints for prostatesupdated Fri Oct 30 2009 11:13:56

Rick Lyke, Founder, Pints for Prostates, tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how his foundation helps men with prostate cancer.

Pints for prostates: One man's beer battle against cancerupdated Fri Oct 30 2009 08:39:57

Rick Lyke was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 47. His response was to set up "Pints for Prostates," an organization that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with its message about the importance of prostate cancer screening.

Lance Armstrong Foundation boss on beating cancer three timesupdated Thu Oct 29 2009 10:42:39

At 32 years old Doug Ulman is president of cancer-support charity the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He has also survived three separate cases of cancer.

Staring down the stigmaupdated Thu Oct 29 2009 10:12:48

Molebatsi Pooe-Shongwe tells CNN about how her organization is helping educate the minds of South Africans to breast cancer.

Pints for prostatesupdated Thu Oct 29 2009 10:12:39

Rick Lyke, Founder, Pints for Prostates, tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how his foundation helps men with prostate cancer.

A survivor's storyupdated Thu Oct 29 2009 10:12:30

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on Doug Ulman, President, Livestrong, who survived three different cancers and tells CNN his story.

In India's villages: No toilet, no brideupdated Wed Oct 28 2009 23:25:45

Most Indian mothers want their daughters to marry decent men who make a good living. Now, in parts of rural India, women have a new -- and rather unusual -- demand for matrimony: a toilet.

Swine flu fears over football spittingupdated Wed Oct 28 2009 13:54:57

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.

From Rwanda to Bosnia: Devastating impact of world's tragediesupdated Wed Oct 28 2009 08:42:52

Over the last two decades the humanitarian organization International Medical Corps has cared for hundreds of thousands of victims of wars and natural disasters in more than 25 countries.

Are video games good for your health?updated Tue Oct 27 2009 08:25:07

Roadside doctors with no degrees thrive in Indiaupdated Tue Oct 27 2009 01:28:25

Sitting on an iron bench along a busy street, Chaman Lal sticks his fingers into a mug full of a greasy concoction and then applies the dark-red brew to areas where his patients complain of pain.

Vitamin cafes: Japan's latest health injectionupdated Sat Oct 24 2009 09:23:46

In trendy neighborhoods of Tokyo customers are lining up for vitamin injections that promise to improve health and beauty.

H1N1 vaccinations rolled out in UKupdated Wed Oct 21 2009 10:32:46

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.

Men less likely than women to wash hands properlyupdated Fri Oct 16 2009 12:52:07

Men are less likely to wash their hands properly than women, according to a new study.

How organs are selected for transplantupdated Thu Oct 15 2009 08:44:15

News that a British soldier died after he received the cancerous lungs of a heavy smoker has sparked intense debate as to whether organs from people with unhealthy lifestyles should be used in transplants.

Boosting employee wellbeingupdated Thu Oct 15 2009 07:44:22

If you've ever embarked upon a exercise regime, you'll know that the benefits go much further than just physical fitness.

More than 1 billion going hungry, U.N. saysupdated Thu Oct 15 2009 05:38:02

The global economic crisis has caused a spike in world hunger that has left more than a billion undernourished, United Nations agencies said in a new report.

Giving heroin addicts heroinupdated Wed Oct 14 2009 11:26:33

British addicts are injected with government paid-for heroin in an effort to kick the habit. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

How to dissect a body on your iPhoneupdated Wed Oct 14 2009 08:50:27

A new smartphone application allows users to carry out a virtual dissection of a human body.

The race to inoculate against swine fluupdated Tue Oct 13 2009 07:01:31

Soldier dies after receiving smoker's lungs in transplantupdated Mon Oct 12 2009 14:29:05

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.

Study: Cocaine vaccine could help addictsupdated Wed Oct 07 2009 11:01:37

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

Worked to death: When going to work killsupdated Tue Oct 06 2009 07:03:54

A spate of suicides at France Telecom has put the spotlight on workplace stress and the devastating impact it can have on employees.

Commentary: Where have all the malaria patients gone?updated Mon Oct 05 2009 11:36:58

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.

New research warns penicillin 'becoming obsolete'updated Thu Oct 01 2009 08:59:23

New research suggests penicillin is becoming obsolete, and antibiotic resistance could lead to a "major health crisis" unless governments act to promote research into new drugs.

Quiz: Are black foods better for you?updated Thu Oct 01 2009 08:03:03

Poll: Money worries world's greatest cause of stressupdated Wed Sep 30 2009 10:52:46

A new international poll has revealed that money is the main source of stress in most countries --- but men and women often don't worry about the same things.

Fears over cancer vaccine as schoolgirl diesupdated Tue Sep 29 2009 13:34:13

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.

Vitamin cafes: Japan's latest health injectionupdated Tue Sep 29 2009 09:24:12

In trendy neighborhoods of Tokyo customers are lining up for vitamin injections that promise to improve health and beauty.

Vitamin cafes: Japan's latest health injectionupdated Tue Sep 29 2009 09:22:38

In trendy neighborhoods of Tokyo customers are lining up for vitamin injections that promise to improve health and beauty.

Child tobacco farmers 'exposed to toxic levels of nicotine'updated Fri Sep 25 2009 07:42:21

Hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are thought to be working full-time on tobacco farms, suffering from toxic levels of nicotine exposure and abusive labor conditions.

Quick health fixupdated Thu Sep 24 2009 10:37:07

The Japanese IV cafe where visitors get their vitamins intravenously, no appointment necessary.

Raising the retirement age?updated Thu Sep 24 2009 10:36:48

How Japan is adopting an innovative approach to make the most of its ageing workforce.

Brain Gamingupdated Thu Sep 24 2009 10:31:54

Japanese video game company Nintendo has been at the forefront of the so-called "gaming for health."

Brain-operated wheelchairupdated Thu Sep 24 2009 10:31:10

How a wheelchair user in Japan controls his movements using the power of thought.

HIV vaccine brings new hopeupdated Thu Sep 24 2009 09:27:12

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the excitement surrounding a new HIV vaccine is justified.

Jizo, the guardian of Japanese childrenupdated Thu Sep 24 2009 09:14:20

Rows of tiny Jizo statues line the gardens of the Buddhist Zojoji Temple in Tokyo. Jizo is one of the most beloved of all Japanese divinities.

Heart defect baby diesupdated Thu Sep 17 2009 22:21:08

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

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