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February 3, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Breast implants made news recently when the Food and Drug Administration said they might be linked to a rare form of cancer in a very small number of women. The risk is extremely small, but women who have them likely have some questions. This plastic surgeon can help sort it out. Dr. Seth Thaller, a surgery professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami medical school, will be the guest on a live Web chat Friday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST, 10 a.m. PST)
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February 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Healthcare reform obviously -- so very obviously -- affects people with pre-existing conditions. But how exactly? Many people would be hard-pressed to say. Find out from these experts. Join a live Web chat Thursday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. PST) with guests Robert Zirkelbach, press secretary for America's Health Insurance Plans; Kathy Walsh, one of the lead examiners for the Connecticut Insurance Department Consumer Affairs Unit; and Jesse D. McDonald, an independent health insurance broker.
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February 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Childhood obesity in America is on the rise, but kids don't seem to be getting the message. Parents can pick up advice and tips from these experts who run a wellness program that focuses on children's health. The guests on a live Web chat Wednesday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST, 10 a.m. PST) will be pediatrician Dr. Angela Fals along with a Healthy 100 Kids team that includes a registered dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a psychologist. Before the chat, check out whether your child has a weight problem.
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January 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Each day about 3,900 children younger than 18 smoke their first cigarette, and more than 950 will become regular smokers, according to the American Lung Assn. But parents can deter their kids from taking up this life-shortening habit. Chicago Tribune health reporter Deborah L. Shelton will host a live Web chat Tuesday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST and 10 a.m. PST) with Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium, and Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
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January 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
More than 1 million people each year suffer an outbreak of shingles. The itching or burning pain that accompanies a rash or blisters can last as long as a year. Dr. Paul Christo, director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Training Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will take questions during a live Web chat Wednesday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. PST). Christo will discuss how to cope with pain and problems related to the virus most commonly associated with chicken pox. Senior citizens seem more at risk of an outbreak.
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January 24, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Detoxing treatments often carry a lot of health-related hype but little scientific capital to back up the claims. Here's an expert who can help sort out fact from fad. Chicago Tribune health reporter Trine Tsouderos speaks with Dr. Stephen Barrett during a live Web chat Tuesday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST and 10 a.m. PST) about all kinds of detoxification claims. Chelation, for example, promises to rid the body of heavy metals, but how successful is it? Not very, says this Tribune story.
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January 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Tony and Jimmy, the "Two Guys Lose Weight (or Try To)" writers on Booster Shots, think they can lose 20 pounds or more in just six weeks. If you've been reading their daily blog posts on Booster Shots, you know what they're eating (if they're telling the truth), how many squats they're doing (ditto) and how many pounds they hope to lose. Now it's time to meet them -- electronically speaking. Los Angeles Times writers Tony Pierce and Jimmy Orr have been blogging about their Tootsie Roll-to-carrots lifestyle make-over.
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January 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
There's a lot to consider before having cosmetic surgery -- the cost, the procedure, the risks and, of course, the doctor. Here are two experts who can help with those decisions. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda -- and medical malpractice attorney Sarah Steinbaum -- will be guests on a live Web chat Friday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. PST). The online discussion will focus on how to shop for a plastic surgeon, what expectations are realistic and related topics. So come join the online chat with your own set of questions.
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January 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Some of you out there undoubtedly have put "run a marathon" on your list of New Year's resolutions. Maybe you're in need of a little guidance -- and inspiration. Here's a coach who can provide both. Rod Dixon, director of training and coaching for the Honda L.A. Marathon and a former Olympic medal winner, will be the guest on a live Web chat Monday (2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST and 11 a.m. PST). Dixon will discuss topics such as the mechanics of running and how to plan a training program.
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January 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
CrossFit workouts are intense -- and becoming intensely popular. So how do you master the rigorous training regimen that combines nutrition, running and other exercises? Ask these champs. Kris Clever and Graham Holmberg, winners at CrossFit international games last year, will answer questions about the fitness trend during a live Web chat Friday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. PST). Allentown Morning Call health reporter Milton D. Carrero moderates the online discussion. CrossFit began in 2001 as a strength and conditioning program described, in part, this way on CrossFit.
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