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July 10th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Triple threat cheerleader saves coach's life

When Indianapolis Tornados head coach Jerry Senter collapsed during a game Saturday night, cheerleader Jessica Anderson had no hesitations about running onto the field. Anderson who is also a certified EMT and firefighter jumped to his rescue and gave the unresponsive coach CPR until he was rushed to the hospital.

Anderson says, “CPR is critical in situations like this. It’s definitely a big key to know CPR and… be willing to give it to people who need it the most.”

Anderson adds, that Coach Senter who had suffered a dysrythmia in his heart “is doing great… up and talking… and recovering.”

Filed under: Football • Health
June 27th, 2012
09:07 AM ET

Flesh-eating bacteria victim feels 'blessed' despite injuries

Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman battling flesh-eating bacteria, may leave the hospital as early as next week. Doctors have upgraded her condition from serious to good.

Her father, Andy Copeland, tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Starting Point that despite her injuries, his daughter feels blessed for the "unique opportunity that God has given [her]," explaining that she's looking forward to making the most of her disability.

Copeland has been fighting for her life since May, when a zip-lining accident left her with a rare bacterial infection. She lost both of her hands, her left leg and her right foot.

Yesterday, Aimee's mother and father took her outside for the first time in 49 days.

“She was just so excited,” Andy tells Soledad. “The whole world opened up for Aimee when she rolled out that door.”

Watch more from the interview with Aimee's father in the video above.

Filed under: Health
May 22nd, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Dr. Catalona: New prostate cancer screening recommendations 'unjustified' & 'misguided'

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made waves in 2009 when they recommended that, instead of annual mammograms starting at age 40, women wait until age 50 and only get checked every other year. Now, the panel has sparked controversy again by recommending that most men shouldn't receive routine PSA tests for prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the U.S. for men, second only to lung cancer. However, the panel found that a substantial number of men are receiving unnecessary cancer treatments, as their disease is so slow-growing that it's not life threatening.

According to the panel, out of every 1000 men who are tested for prostate cancer and receive resulting treatment, one will develop a blood clot in his legs or lungs, two will have heart attacks, up to 40 will be left impotent or with urinary disorders, and only one man will avoid death.

Medical director of the Urological Research Foundation Dr. William Catalona is an outspoken opponent of the panel's recommendations who also helped create the PSA test.

On Starting Point this morning, Dr. Catalona describes the recommendation as "misguided" and "unjustified," saying that although the test is not perfect, he believes that doctors can work through the problems to identify when a patient has aggressive cancer "in almost every instance."

"If we were to stop PSA testing over the next decade or two, the prostate cancer death rate would double or triple," Dr. Catalona says.


Filed under: Cancer • Health
May 15th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

"The Good Food Revolution:" Basketball prodigy turned urban farmer Will Allen discusses new book

"Never say never" is a phrase that Will Allen freely uses to describe his life. A sort of prodigal son, Allen left his farming roots behind after highschool to become the first African-American basketball player at the University of Miami. While on a professional team in Belgium, he took a morning to help plant potatoes on a teammate's farm.

"Once I touched the soil, something really came alive, I really wanted to start growing food again," he says. "I must have had some hidden passion."

Since then, Allen has taken that passion and turned it into a lifestyle. He is currently the director of urban farming project "Growing Power" west of Milwaukee, and he discusses with Brooke Baldwin the dire state of the nation's eating habits and his hopes for a national return to healthy, homegrown food.

He cites statistics from HBO's "Weight of the Nation" 4-part documentary, the first two segments of which aired last night. "We're in a situation now where obesity is at an all-time high," he explains.

In his new book, he details his so-called "Good Food Revolution" - a farming movement, he says, which has indeed reached the revolution stage and is something he fervently hopes to pass on to later generations.

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Filed under: Health • Obesity
May 9th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Suzanne Somers' fountain of youth – New book proposes controversial solutions

Suzanne Somers was a "blonde bombshell" when she exploded onto the TVv scene back in 1977, as a star on "Three's Company." She has just turned 65 and calls it her "sexiest age".

She's spent years focused on health and fitness, and her new book - her twenty-third - is called "Bombshell." She talks with Soledad this morning and discusses what some people call controversial solutions.

Filed under: Entertainment • Health
May 4th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

'No indication' of depression during one of Seau's final interviews

One of Junior Seau's last public appearances was at a kids charity golf tournament in Dana Point, California on Monday, where he signed autographs and talked with fans.

Tim Abell and David Biber were at the event with the former football star and Abell had the opportunity to conduct one of Seau's final interviews.

Abell tells Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point today that he was "shocked" when he heard about Seau's suicide because the NFL legend showed "no indication" of depression at the event.

Biber, a friend of Seau's who is involved with the charity, also says that he was shocked by the news of Seau's death, telling Soledad that Seau "seemed to be in a very good mood" on Monday and that he was "lighthearted" while playing with children and taking pictures with fans.

Filed under: Football • Health • NFL
May 4th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Regulators aim to curb childhood obesity by cutting school bake sales

In an attempt to curb childhood obesity, federal regulators are now preparing the first standards for snacks, sodas and other foods sold outside of regularly scheduled lunch and breakfast at school. These new standards may affect clubs and sports teams that fundraise by selling goods at bake sales.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, at least eight states already have regulations aimed at limiting these types of fundraising events.

Elizabeth Puccini, the mother of a first grade child in New York, has been protesting the recent regulations. She tells Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point this morning that "due to budget cuts... students are desperate to raise money for their schools and bake sales are a very lucrative way to do that."

Puccini is joined by Stephanie Armour, a food safety reporter for Bloomberg News, who discusses the growing controversy over the food standards.

Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Health
May 4th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

Report: Seau's family to donate his brain to science

According to the LA Times, Junior Seau's family has decided to donate his brain to science to determine if the NFL legend was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopahy (CTE), the dementia-like brain disease that's caused by brain injuries like concussions.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins Starting Point this morning to discuss the prevalence of the disease among football players and to explain what medical examiners will be looking for in Seau's brain when diagnosing the condition.

Filed under: Health • Sports
April 4th, 2012
06:29 AM ET

Randy Jackson talks diabetes campaign, American Idol

Randy Jackson discusses the purpose of his educational diabetes campaign and weighs in on this season's American Idol contestants and the other singing competitions on television.

Filed under: Entertainment • Health
March 26th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

Ohio Attorney General: Supreme Court health care hearings 'about liberty and states' rights'

Mike DeWine, Ohio attorney general, explains why he is opposed to the Affordable Care Act and discusses the legality of the plan's individual mandate.

Filed under: Health • Supreme Court
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