Running 800 meters is tough enough. But doing so while eight months pregnant? Such was the goal of Alysia Montaño, a five-time national champion who took to the track Thursday for the US Track and Field Championships in California.
Though Montaño's time of 2:32 landed her in dead last, the pace was roughly equivalent to a very impressive five minute mile. But while extraordinary, was such an ambition safe for the unborn baby and the soon to be first-time mother?
On Friday night Anderson Cooper asked Dr. Sanjay Gupta for his professional analysis and conclusions.
Watch the above video as the CNN Chief Medical Correspondent explains why the half mile race may have been okay for Montaño, but not necessarily everyone else.
The initial symptoms may seem like it's just a common cold, but statistics suggest one in three people who catch the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome die from it. There are at least three U.S. cases of MERS, and now doctors confirm the first person-to-person transmission in America. Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about the dangers of this disease.
It's known as the Middle East respiratory virus. Today, the CDC is confirmed the first case in the U.S. So far there have been 262 reported cases of MERS in a dozen countries, with 93 people dying from it. Anderson discusses the dangers with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Measles is a disease health officials believed they had virtually wiped out in the U.S. In the first four months of this year, 126 people have been infected. That's the highest level since 1996. Worldwide, measles is the leading cause of death in children. Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in.
Stephanie Elam has new information on these latest cases of measles.
More than 100 people have died in Guinea's ebola outbreak, that includes 14 health workers. The virus has no cure and you can get infected with just one microscopic droplet of saliva or blood hitting a break in the skin. The outbreak struck Guinea's capital Conakry, a city that's home to two-million people and near an international airport. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is there with the latest on the crisis and shows how simply getting blood samples is a life threatening job.
Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez served in the Iraq War, but his records show he was not directly involved in combat. Lopez was being treated for depression and anxiety. He was in the process of being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. John Berman discussed this with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and military analyst Major General James 'Spider' Marks.
A new study finds that children born to older fathers were at higher risk for autism, bipolar disorder and a range of other psychiatric problems. Does this mean that men should factor age into their family planning? Anderson asked Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
A new medical study is raising questions about the acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and many popular painkillers. Pregnant women have long been told Tylenol, unlike aspirin or ibuprofen, is safe for their developing babies. But in a new study researchers found that children whose moms took Tylenol while pregnant were more likely to develop A.D.H.D. The study didn't find that Tylenol caused A.D.H.D, but it did find a link. Anderson discussed it with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw has revealed that he has cancer. He was diagnosed in August and says his doctors are encouraged with his progress. Brokaw is battling multiple myeloma which mainly affects blood cells in the bone marrow. Anderson discussed today's news with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
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