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The Checkup: May, 2011

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Cooking with kids should be second nature

Cooking with kids has obvious advantages.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:40 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Study finds no link between stress and onset of MS

Researchers found no correlation between life- or work-related stress or childhood/adolescent physical abuse and the likelihood of MS onset.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  11:25 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/30/2011

Report: Kids should stick to water, low-fat milk

Sports drinks may have a place in hydrating elite child athletes; otherwise, a new report nixes both sports and energy drinks for most kids.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Is that right? Arby’s Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad sandwich is ‘good mood food’?

If consuming 840 calories, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1,220 milligrams of sodium and 20 grams of sugar at lunchtime puts you in a good mood, then by all means, try Arby’s Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Survey: 1 in 5 young adults has high blood pressure

Research published Monday in the journal Epidemiology found that nearly 20 percent of U.S. young adults have high blood pressure.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  11:52 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/25/2011

USDA revises guidelines on cooking pork

The USDA on Tuesday issued a modification of its guidelines for cooking meat to a safe temperature.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Genetic testing company promises to prove sports testing accuracy

Company to work with FDA

By Rob Stein  |  10:35 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Baked, broiled fish lower heart failure risk among women, study says

Study: Women who consumed the most baked or broiled fish were about 30 percent less likely to develop heart failure over a 10-year period.

By Rob Stein  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Study: More people praying for their health

People prayed for their own health in greater numbers in 2007 than they did in 2002.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Abortion rate rises for poor women

The abortion rate fell between 2000 and 2008 for most groups of women except one, poor women, according to a new analysis released Monday.

By Rob Stein  |  05:00 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Report: Red meat raises, fiber lowers colorectal cancer risk

A new report by an international team of researchers says there’s convincing evidence that eating too much red meat and processed meat raises colorectal cancer risk and that consuming plenty of fiber in the form of plant-based foods reduces that risk.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:00 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Is that right? Jenny Craig’s the top diet?

Consumer Reports raised a stir earlier this month by naming Jenny Craig the queen of all diet programs. How was the comparison made?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  09:52 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Should McDonald’s give Ronald the boot?

In an open letter to McDonald’s CEO, concerned health-care professionals urged the fast-food company to abandon one of its most enduring symbols and marketing tools, Ronald McDonald.

By Jennfer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Coffee drinking may cut prostate cancer risk

Men who regularly drink coffee appear to be less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, a new study finds.

By Rob Stein  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Telomere test could predict how long you’ll live

An over-the-counter blood-test kit might allow you to learn your biological age. But would you want to know?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011

The Lancet weighs in on JAMA’s salt study

A influential British medical journal has weighed in against a study that suggested excess sodium consumption might not raise risk of cardiovascular disease.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 05/14/2011

Avena Sativa, bin Laden’s aphrodisiac

Among the items reportedly recovered at bin Laden’s compound was an herbal aphrodisiac called Avena Sativa.

By Rob Stein  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Is that right? News photos of obese people create bias

Online news reports about obesity tend to be accompanied by unflattering or even negative images of obese people. What’s the impact?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/12/2011

States of depression

Reporters analyzed mental-health data for all 50 states to come up with their list of what they label the most “depressing” places to live.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Low oxytocin levels may predict post-partum depression risk

Swiss scientists may have found a way to identify pregnant women who are at risk for experiencing post-partum depression after their babies are born, as well as a clue to how to prevent it.

By Rob Stein  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Flexitarian yogis and ahimsa

A good number of people out there don’t just do yoga for the physical or even the psychological benefits it can offer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Autism prevalence may be far higher than believed

A carefully conducted new study suggests that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may be far higher than we think.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:01 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/06/2011

More kidney disease, fewer kidney docs

A new report shows that the number of medical students opting to go into nephrology — the specialty involving caring for kidneys — is dropping, even as the need for such physicians is on the rise.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Stroke quiz: Test your knowledge on the causes and symptoms

The Georgetown University Stroke Center created a presentation to educate African Americans about stroke. Read the presentation and take a quiz on what you learned.

By Greg Linch  |  11:44 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Late to bed, late to rise makes one ... chubby

A new study adds to our understanding of the link between sleep and weight. And it’s not a pretty picture for the night owls among us.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/04/2011

ADHD drug in short supply

Reports are emerging that many parents are having a hard time finding some drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

By Rob Stein  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 05/03/2011

FDA cracks down on unproven STD treatments

U.S. regulators announced Tuesday that they were cracking down on unproven treatments being sold for sexually transmitted diseases.

By Rob Stein  |  06:01 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Only 54?

Was I the only one who was surprised to learn that Osama bin Laden was only 54 years old when he was taken down by the U.S. military Sunday night?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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