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The Checkup: March, 2011

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Enough with the ‘fat talk’

A new study published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly delves into the phenomenon known as “fat talk.”

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/30/2011

About one-quarter of Americans at risk for vitamin D ‘inadequacy’

About one-quarter of Americans are at risk for vitamin D “inadequacy,” a scientific report finds.

By Rob Stein  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Does buying organic food in this economy make sense?

Though many consumers remain convinced it’s more nutritious than conventional produce, science doesn’t bear that out. So why are people still spending money on the stuff?

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2011

College students get tips finding free food, but nutrition isn’t counted

Invented by a recent college graduate, food-bot steers students toward campus events featuring free food.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/25/2011

FDA approves first drug shown to extend lives of advanced melanoma patients

Federal regulators Friday approved the first drug shown to prolong the lives of patients with advanced skin cancer.

By Rob Stein  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2011

Is that right? Menthol cigarettes are more dangerous?

The federal government is contemplating banning menthol cigarettes on the grounds that they pose a substantial public-health risk.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Fla. parents protest peanut restrictions

Parents of students in an Edgewater, Fla., are protesting what they say are burdensome precautions placed on their children to avoid exposing a fellow student to peanuts, to which the 6-year-old girl is severely allergic.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Congestive heart failure felled Elizabeth Taylor. What is it?

Elizabeth Taylor’s death has many people wondering what exactly is “congestive heart failure,” anyway?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heart

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/22/2011

The link between occasional physical activity and heart attack

We’ve all seen those scenes in movies where some couch potato who doesn’t usually get a lot of exercise suddenly clutches their chest and drops dead from a heart attack when they decide to do something active, such as have sex. But does that really happen? Well, a new analysis indicates that the answer is yes.

By Rob Stein  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Love fish, hate the odor

 I, for one, would eat way more fish – if it didn’t stink my house up so much

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/21/2011

AAP: Kids should sit in back seat until they’re 13

Goodness knows we all want to keep our kids safe, especially in the car. New guidelines for car-seat use published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics should make that easier – but, from a kid’s perspective, much more onerous.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Will you be doing the Dukan Diet?

If you read much diet and nutrition news, no doubt you've got wind of the Dukan Diet, the latest fashionable weight-loss scheme — this one from a French doctor

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Is that right? The Very Hungry Caterpillar teaches kids to eat right?

A new campaign aims to teach kids about eating healthfully by following the exploits of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Primatene Mist’s days are numbered

It may be good for you, but it’s bad for the environment

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Death rate down, life expectancy up in U.S.

New report mostly good news

By Rob Stein  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Be honest: Do you really love vegetables?

When I wrote last week about using ranch dressing to make vegetables more appealing to kids, I was surprised to see that several readers commented that the real issue was making vegetables appealing to adults.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Good news about coffee and dogs

As if coffee and dogs weren’t already two of my favorite things in the world, along come a couple of studies that make me love them both all the more.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Snapshot: Is health news reporting politically slanted?

In light of recent events, I wondered whether NPR’s alleged liberal bias showed in its health news reporting.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Business of Health

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Women more stressed by work intrusions

Women juggle work and family lives as well as men, but

By Rob Stein  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Women more stressed by work intrusions

Women juggle work and family lives as well as men, but

By Rob Stein  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Ranch dressing revisited

The vast majority like it well enough to use it at least once in a while.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2011

Wake up! It’s sleep awareness week

New data released by the CDC to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week — which begins today — paint a less-than-ideal picture of Americans’ relationship with sleep.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, General Health, Sleep, Stress

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Is that right? La Creme: 100% dairy, 0% shame

If your TV's on the fritz, you may have missed the suddenly ubiquitous ad for La Creme, a new flavored coffee creamer. The gist of the ad is that, unlike non-dairy coffee creamers, La Creme is made from milk produced by real cows.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Checkup | Tags:  la creme, coffeemate la creme, jennifer larue huget, checkup blog

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Could quitting smoking be a symptom of lung cancer?

A provocative, though small, study suggests that the very act of quitting smoking may be a symptom of not-yet-diagnosed lung cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cancer, Smoking

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/02/2011

FDA cracks down on unapproved cold, cough, allergy drugs

Federal health officials announced Wednesday that they were cracking down on certain prescription cold, cough and allergy products that had never been approved by regulators.

By Rob Stein  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  FDA

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Americans fatter than Canadians

Like many health problems, the obesity epidemic is worse in the United States than it is in Canada, according to a new government report released Wednesday. While obesity is increasing in both countries, less than a quarter -- 24.1 percent -- of Canadian adults are obese, compared to more than...

By Rob Stein  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Obesity

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Study finds exercise is actually good for your knees

If you've been using the fear of knee damage as an excuse to avoid exercise, it may be time to find a new excuse.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arthritis, Chronic Conditions, Exercise, General Health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Ranch dressing rules

For better or worse, ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it has overtaken Italian dressing as our dressing of choice, both at the store and at restaurants.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens

 

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