In an op-ed in the New York Times, world famous actress and activist Angelina Jolie announced her decision to remove her breasts to prevent cancer. Through a blood test, doctors found she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of getting ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
She writes, "Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could." After three months of private medical procedures, Jolie decided to reveal what she went through to encourage other women facing a similar dilemma. She recognizes it's not an easy decision to make.
CNN's Zoraida Sambolin, inspired by Angelina Jolie's announcement, talks with Anderson Cooper about her breast cancer diagnosis and plan to have a double mastectomy. The co-anchor of CNN's "Early Start" felt empowered to share her story with viewers the morning Jolie's op-ed was published in the New York Times.
Until Tuesday she wasn't sure how or if she would publicly talk about her private battle to beat cancer. Sambolin says Jolie "gave me a voice, and she gave me an opportunity that I wouldn't have had otherwise to actually begin this dialogue."
Talking with her fiancé and kids was not easy, but Sambolin was grateful for how they each responded. "I think at the end of the day, what it's going to do is bring us closer together," she says.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Anderson Cooper about actress Catherine Zeta-Jones receiving treatment for bipolar disorder, and the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits a clinic that offers tailored therapy for amputees trying to resume their normal activities.
Data from a new CDC report, which was analyzed by "The New York Times," shows 11% of all school-age children have received an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis at some point in their lives - a 16% increase since 2007.
Nearly one in five boys in high school has been diagnosed with ADHD, and nearly two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis of ADHD are taking medication for it, like Ritalin or Adderall.
In this segment with Wolf Blitzer, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains that the self-reported survey may not accurately indicate the number of children with ADHD.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the limitations of the CDC's phone survey that found 1 in 50 children has autism, and talks about why a report released by the same government agency last year put that number much lower at 1 in 88.
"I think in part it depends how you count these cases," says Sanjay. "I don't think there's been that significant an increase, but this is more reflective of increased awareness, an increased diagnosis."
Jeffry Life, age 74, uses performance enhancing drugs that are similar to the ones used by athletes like Lance Armstrong. The physical results are easy to see, but he says the rock hard body isn't the only effect. Life claims his mind is sharp and he feels like a man half his age.
"I'm not against aging. I'm against getting old," he tells CNN's Kyung Lah. Life uses testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH) accompanied by a daily fitness regimen and a low-carb diet. The physician considers himself a trailblazer for others who want a better quality of life in old age.
Dr. Ian Smith tells Anderson Cooper the problem with not having studies on the long-term effects of using performance enhancing drugs for anti-aging.