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August 18th, 2009
02:51 PM ET

How not to put your baby to sleep

It’s been many years since pediatricians first told parents to put their infants to sleep on their backs to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. So why are there still photos in magazines showing babies being put to bed the wrong way? CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom
August 18th, 2009
01:17 PM ET

Help for active military, vets and famlies

Today in the CNN NewsRoom Kyra Phillips focused on help for America's active military and veterans.

We found several sites set up by the military and private groups to help military members, their families and veterans.

Click on these links for help:
New Directions Inc.
Swords To Plowshares
Coalition For Veterans

The Army's site for suicide prevention
Defense Department site for psychological health and traumatic brain injury
TAPS private charity that helps military and families in trauma
Community of Veterans aiding vets of Iraq and Afghanistan
Coalition for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has set up a national suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Also if you want to help groups who help veterans you can go to our Impact Your World page to see how you can donate.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
August 18th, 2009
10:05 AM ET

Are co-ops the cure for the healthcare crisis?

Many people are looking to health insurance co-ops as the solution to the crisis of 46 million uninsured Americans. CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talks to spokespeople from two co-ops for some answers.

Filed under: Tony Harris
August 18th, 2009
08:45 AM ET

Should Insurance Cover Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Should Insurance Cover Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Jake Paikai is 22 years old and weighs more than 600 pounds. He can’t walk more than 20 feet without getting winded. He can’t reach his own shoes or ride in most cars.

Jake wants gastric bypass surgery, is afraid without it he’ll die soon. But his mother’s health insurance won’t cover the surgery and he can’t afford it on his own. So he’s started a web site and hopes through that he can raise money for the surgery…not just for himself but for others in his situation.

Gastric surgery costs tens of thousands of dollars. Our question for you: should insurance cover gastric bypass surgery?

Post your comments below.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Rick Sanchez
August 18th, 2009
08:19 AM ET

Your Debt = Banks Profit

Your credit card debt is translating into higher profits for many banks across the country. The Pew Safe Credit Cards Project says banks have seen a 46% profit from consumer debt in the first half of 2009 thanks to increased credit card rates. The median lowest advertised credit card rate rose to 11.99% in July from 9.99% in December. Have your rates recently gone up? How high? Do you think your bank is taking advantage of you?

Leave us a comment.
We’ll share some of them in the CNN Newsroom 11am – 1pm ET.

Filed under: Tony Harris
August 18th, 2009
05:04 AM ET

Pardons For Jim Crow Fines

They braved police dogs and water spurting from fire hoses at such velocity it left many standing naked and yet, the protests went on. Now, 46 years after the fact, Birmingham's mayor is offering non-violent demonstrators of the 1960s civil rights movement a blanket pardon.
Our T.J. Holmes spoke with Birmingham's mayor Larry Langford and Gwendolyn Webb-Appling.