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The Checkup: August, 2011

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/01/2011

A new approach to weight loss?

A new paper says counselors might see better results if they explain to clients that their weight and eating behaviors result from the brain’s biological response to external factors.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Teens and fast food

How does a parent uphold nutrition standards after their kids grow into teenagers, with money and independent access to fast food?

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

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

Rethinking saturated fat

In a major piece of research published last year, researchers found no link between saturated fat consumption and coronary heart disease, stroke or cardiovascular disease.

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

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/27/2011

Cellphones don’t increase kids’ brain-cancer risk, study finds

Research published this afternoon in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found no link between cellphone use and brain cancer risk.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Are you happy now? McDonald’s revamps Happy Meals

Your response to McDonald’s plans to improve the nutritional value of its Happy Meals likely depends on whether you view Happy Meals as an occasional treat or a near-daily staple.

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

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/26/2011

A different approach to cutting calories

In a study appearing in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that people who ate macaroni and cheese every day for five days ended up consuming less than those who ate macaroni and cheese once a week for five weeks.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Weighing in on ‘animals containing human material’

A report published Friday by the British Academy of Medical Sciences examines the issues raised when “animals containing human material” are used in medical lab experiments.

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

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

FDA seeks input on medical apps

When it comes to health-related apps accuracy and authority are essential. And the stakes can be high, too.

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

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Are MS drugs cost-effective?

A new analysis of disease-modifying therapies for treating multiple sclerosis finds that those drugs provide only modest benefits at great expense -- at least in the United States.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:35 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/20/2011

How accurate are restaurant calorie listings?

Calorie labeling on restaurant menus -- as required of many restaurants under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- can only help people manage their weight if those listings are correct. Research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association has concluded that, by and large, restaurants are providing fairly accurate information.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/19/2011

What is ‘style Down Syndrome’?

Making jokes at other people’s expense isn’t kind or respectful, and it’s not funny.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Should Campbell’s be blasted for restoring salt to soups?

In a classic damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation, Campbell’s has in recent years made a valiant and costly effort to supply the public with reduced-sodium soups. The public responded with a collective “blech” and shunned them.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/15/2011

Another way coffee, tea may keep you healthy

A study found that people who drank hot tea were about half as likely to have MRSA in their nasal passages than people who drank no hot tea. The same held for hot-coffee drinkers and for people who drank both.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Google, Yahoo and other search engines affecting memory, study says

By Rob Stein  |  03:36 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 07/14/2011

First patients treated in new human embryonic stem cell study

Researchers have treated the first two patients in the second government-authorized attempt to evaluate a therapy created using human embryonic stem cells in the United States.

By Rob Stein  |  08:30 AM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

FDA: Complications from mesh for pelvic organ prolapse ‘not rare’

The FDA says that, contrary to its stance in its 2008 report on the matter, complications from the use of mesh to treat the condition are “not rare.”

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

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

Yes, having a dog or a cat really is good for you

New research indicates that the benefits of having a canine or feline companion are real and broad.

By Rob Stein  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Voting with your food dollars

You’re not alone in finding it increasingly pricey to feed your family more-healthful fare.

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

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/11/2011

New campaign says milk can help with PMS

Debuting this morning, the California Milk Processor Board’s “Everything I Do Is Wrong” campaign features humorous depictions of men made miserable by their womenfolks’ premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Breastfeeding doesn’t protect against MS relapse

Though pregnancy itself is associated with fewer relapses among women with MS, breastfeeding’s effect on relapse has been hard to pin down.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Folate may lower colorectal cancer risk after all

The latest research on the relationship between folate intake and colorectal cancer suggests that consuming folate in any form may reduce risk of colorectal cancer.

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

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Salt-heart disease link questioned

A major new scientific analysis is raising questions about the link between salt consumption and heart disease.

By Rob Stein  |  12:01 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

How alert are you to air-quality alerts?

If we’re under a Code Orange air-quality alert or the more-worrisome Code Red, what steps do you take to protect yourself and your family?

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

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

Let’s dish about snacking

It seems everyone has something to say about the food we eat at times other than standard mealtimes.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Danish company moves to block use of drug for lethal injections

A Danish company announced Friday it was taking steps to try to prevent prison officials in the United States from using a powerful sedative it makes to execute prisoners.

By Rob Stein  |  06:00 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Medicare agrees to pay for Provenge for prostate cancer

The federal government’s insurance program for the elderly Thursday officially agreed to pay for Provenge, an expensive new “vaccine” to treat prostate cancer.

By Rob Stein  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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