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September 28th, 2010
06:28 AM ET

Lasik Surgery Proponent Now Questions Safety of Procedure

The quest for 20/20 vision… Millions of people want it and have undergone Lasik surgery to get it to correct their vision. But the man who was a key proponent to approve laser eye surgery is now speaking out against it. Former Food and Drug Administration official Morris Waxler sees things differently now. Waxler is petitioning the FDA to strengthen warnings and regulations regarding Lasik…. To stop what he calls an “epidemic of permanent vision problems” caused by Lasik. Waxler says data shows more than 50% of Lasik patients have vision problems, such as seeing halos and starbursts around lights and objects and blurriness. Waxler says that 33% of patients end up getting glasses. But not everyone agrees… and we’ll get both sides of this argument.

This morning, CNN’s Kyra Phillips will talk with Morris Waxler and Dr. Stephen Slade who performed the first Lasik surgery in the U.S. at 10:15am ET on CNN Newsroom. We want you to weigh in on this conversation… Do you think Lasik surgery is safe and effective? Tell us what you think and we’ll read some of your comments during the show.


Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips
September 27th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Eatocracy: Mind, Body & Wallet

CNN is taking a cross-country food journey all this week.  We have sent reporting teams to every corner of America and beyond!  Our mission is to get fresh answers about how our food is grown, how the choices we make impact our health & our state of mind.  We're also talking about how food impacts our budgets as well as the just plain pure joy of eating.  We've teamed up with the new CNN.com food destination, Eatocracy for multiple segments this week on the show.

To check out Eatocracy, click here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Chalk Talk • Mission Possible • Off the Radar • The Big I
September 27th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

MISSION POSSIBLE: Wounded Warrior Project

To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project and how you can help, click here.

Wounded Warriors can also get to an internal site by clicking here.

For the Wounded Warrior Project Facebook site, click here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Mission Possible
September 27th, 2010
12:39 PM ET

THE BIG I: Cheap, Portable Eye Exam System

Today's Big I is all about the eyes.  MIT researchers have developed a cheap, portable eye exam system.  It requires a smartphone and a $2 plastic lens attachment.  Nearly 700 million people in developing countries have uncorrected vision impairment.  This NETRA technology could have huge potential in developing countries that lack expensive optometry equipment.

To read up on the technology on MIT's blog, click here.

To check out the NETRA website, click here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • CNN Newsroom • The Big I
September 27th, 2010
11:48 AM ET

Pastor Preaches Inclusion of Gays

Bishop Eddie Long, the leader of one of the nation's most influential black megachurches says he's ready to fight against allegations that he preyed on four young men, using his influence to force them into sexual relationships. Long stood at the pulpit during Sunday services, and defended himself in front of thousands of cheering parishioners at Georgia's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Reverend Carlton Pearson is a pioneering black televangelist and a close friend of Bishop Eddie Long's. But he lost a lot of his flock when he began preaching that everyone has a place in heaven, including gay people. Reverend Pearson shared his thoughts with CNN's Kyra Phillips on the allegations against Long.

Watch CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips M-F from 9-11am ET.


Filed under: Anchors • CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
September 27th, 2010
08:25 AM ET

"Brace for impact!" Passengers face nightmare on flight

Passengers aboard a Delta flight from Atlanta, Georgia to White Plains, New York got a scare when their plane had to make an emergency landing due to landing gear problems.

A couple of passengers captured the flight's scary moments on video. You may see the full story here.

You'll hear them tell their story on CNN NewsRoom in the 11am eastern hour.

We want to hear from you. Tell us your air tavel nightmare stories and we'll share some of them on the air between 11am and 1pm eastern.


Filed under: Josh Levs • Tony Harris
September 27th, 2010
06:06 AM ET

Eatocracy: Mind, Body & Wallet...Organic vs. Non-Organic

CNN is taking a cross-country food journey all this week. We’ve sent reporting teams to every corner of America and beyond. Our mission: to get fresh answers about how our food is grown... how the choices we make impact our health... our state of mind... our budgets and the pure joy of eating. We’ve teamed up with the new CNN.com food destination, Eatocracy.com to bring you Eatocracy: Mind, Body and Wallet.

This morning we're talking organic versus non-organic, beyond just the obvious cost difference. We wondered: Does organic actually taste better? Is it more nutritious? Share your thoughts and your questions with us. Kyra will be joined by an organic-loving chef in our 10 o'clock eastern hour of CNN Newsroom who will answer some of your questions on-air.

Watch CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips M-F from 9-11 am ET.


Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips
September 26th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

Musicians Making It on YouTube: Brothers Go Full-time with Boyce Avenue

In this economy, quitting your day job is a scary proposition.  But Daniel, Fabian, and Alejandro Manzano did it after developing a large and loyal following on YouTube.  The brothers make up the band Boyce Avenue, the number one music group on the online video website.  They spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about how the Manzano brothers made it online and what they hope for the future.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
September 26th, 2010
07:15 AM ET

Dads Connect on the Internet

Join Josh and Reynolds weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom with T.J. Holmes, 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs • Reynolds Wolf
September 26th, 2010
07:11 AM ET

Pres. Obama Announces Tech Contest for Students

Look for Mario Armstrong's everything tech segments in the 8 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with T.J. Holmes.

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