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Ironman: A history and race day lookahead

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As the sun rises above the western mountains of the Kailua-Kona, Hawaii coast on Oct. 12, two-thousand of the world’s most elite athletes will take to the waters of Kailua Bay on the path to a dream -- being crowned with the title of an Ironman.

With a 17-hour time cutoff, the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile marathon -- all done in succession -- make the Ironman World Championship...

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Ironman triathlete details journey to Hawaii

Ironman athlete Kevin Dessart competes in the cycling

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Leading up to the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12 I received an exclusive peek inside the training and specifics that accompany being an Ironman triathlete.

My subject?

Well, it’s my brother, Kevin, who’s on the verge of entering his eighth world championship and has completed 13 full-distance (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run) Ironman races,...

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With the government shutdown, who will track this year’s flu?

A look at the national flu map as


Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track the progress of the influenza virus throughout the United States.

However, like many other federal agencies, the CDC is closed due to the government shutdown. That means that, until Washington comes to a deal, the CDC's official flu map/tracking won't be updated.

A traditional tool in gauging the severity of flu strains...

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Justin Bieber’s workout routine all about upper body

Justin Bieber and his trainer, Patrick Nilsson, right,

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Justin Bieber’s workout routine is all about his upper body.

“We all want impressive chest and arms,” Bieber told Newsday, during his recent tour in Asia.

And for the pop star’s trainer, it’s all about adding more size to Bieber’s 5-foot-9, 137-pound frame.

“Justin was about 120 pounds when we started,” said personal trainer Patrick Nilsson. “I want to put at least 20 more pounds...

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'Pregnant' 2-year-old gives birth to twin

An image taken from a Chinese news agency

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Xiao Feng, a 2-year-old Chinese boy, was recently brought to a hospital to "give birth" to his twin.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The young tot was admitted to the hospital with difficulty breathing and a swollen stomach, when X-rays and MRIs helped to confirm that Xiao's problems were caused by his twin, growing inside of his stomach, according to media reports.


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Second nose grows on man's forehead

A nose grows on a patient's forehead in

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It's exactly what it sounds like: a nose, growing out of a man's forehead.

But don't worry, there's good reason for it to be there.

After being badly injured in a car accident, one Chinese man -- identified by Reuters only as Xialian -- was left infected and deformed.

After the accident, which occurred in August of 2012, the 22-year old neglected to get treatment...

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Looking at concussions in high school sports

With the fall high school sports season now

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A crushing helmet-to-helmet blow. A quick whipping of the head and neck caused by a jolting hit. A devastating face-plant into the sometimes-unforgiving turf. These are just a few of the ways high school football athletes can fall victim to head trauma and suffer a potentially harmful concussion.

With the fall high school sports season now underway on Long Island, it’s essential athletes are...

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T. Colin Campbell discusses science behind 'The China Study' in new book

T. Colin Campbell, co-author of "The China Study,"

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Whether you heed to it, by now it’s a familiar warning: We should eat less red meat, more fruits and vegetables and concentrate on whole foods.

T. Colin Campbell has known it for far longer than the public. The Cornell University biochemist wrote the book on modern ideas about nutrition -- literally.

In 2005, Campbell co-wrote “The China Study,” a tome considered to be the most comprehensive...

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Brian Dessart answers your health and fitness questions

Daily Apple contributor Brian Dessart is taking your

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Q: I have looked all over to find some kind of relief for muscle cramps in my legs. Since this has been happening, I have found how prevalent this is even in younger adults. I have been to doctors and an acupuncturist with no results. I started taking magnesium with the hope that it would help, but it didn‘t. Do you have any suggestions? -Celia Sanchez, Lindenhurst, NY

A: Muscle cramps are...

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Tips for staying healthy when traveling

Staying healthy isn?t easy when you?re constantly on

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Staying healthy isn’t easy when you’re constantly on the go, but there are some simple tips that can keep you in line with your regular routine even when you’re far away from home.

In order to fulfill your fitness requirements during your days away, try some of these travel workout tips by the Mayo Clinic:

— Do your research. If you’re staying at a hotel or a resort, for example, look...

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