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The Checkup: January, 2012

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012

Is multiple sclerosis really an immune system disease?

A new study suggests that multiple sclerosis may result from problems with the way the body metabolizes lipids.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Possible Alzheimer’s benefit for some vitamins, omega-3s

Researchers say consuming certain vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids and cutting trans fats might offer protection.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

USDA’s new diet-and-exercise tracking tool

There are enough Web sites, smartphone apps and other devices for tracking your diet and exercise to make your head spin.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

New dosing information for infants’ acetaminophen

Manufacturers’ less-concentrated infant versions of the painkiller acetaminophen may perplex parents.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Toddlers who lack a warm relationship with mom more likely to be obese as teens

Young children who lack secure relationships with their mothers are more than twice as likely to be obese at age 15 than those who enjoy warmer mother/child ties.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:01 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/22/2011

CDC reports hepatitis C transmission via transplants

The CDC reported Thursday that organs and tissue taken from the body of a middle-aged Kentucky man turned out to have been infected with hepatitis C virus and cited four instances in which transplant recipients became infected with that virus.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Salt preference might be set by early food experience

Babies who are exposed to salty tastes develop a taste for salt early on, while little ones who don’t eat such foods don’t gravitate toward it, a study finds.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011

‘27 Club’ myth doesn’t withstand scrutiny

Are famous musicians more likely than other people to die at age 27? Apparently not. Not if they’re British, at least.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Paper: Enlist doctors’ help to combat rogue pharmacies

Doctors should be more aware of their patients’ potential use of prescription drugs purchased through “rogue” online pharmacies, according to a commentary published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Neti pot alert

The Checkup | Public health officials in Louisiana have reported a second death in that state resulting from brain-eating amoebas that entered victims’ bodies when they used neti pots to irrigate their sinuses.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Teens who see calorie info. buy fewer sugary drinks

Newest findings bolster the notion that providing information about foods’ caloric content can help people make more healthful choices.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Childhood obesity drops dramatically in New York City

The decreases are the largest declines in childhood obesity reported by any large city in the country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Rob Stein  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011

FDA: Gastric-band surgery not to be taken lightly

The FDA is going after companies who advertise gastric-band surgery without adequately explaining such surgery’s potential dangers.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Nearly one in five U.S. women has been a victim of sexual assault, new federal survey finds

In addition, one in four women has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

By Rob Stein  |  06:55 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Teen alcohol and cigarette use at record low

Smoking and drinking by U.S. teenagers has reached another historic low, says a federally funded survey released Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/12/2011

FDA cracks down on HCG diet products

THE CHECKUP | You’d have to be pretty desperate to lose weight to do it the HCG way. But enough people are going that route for the FDA to intervene.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Study offers update on world’s smallest babies

THE CHECKUP | Extremely low birth weight can pose great risks to babies’ immediate and future health. But a paper published recently offers an upbeat report on two of the world’s smallest-at-birth babies -- though the authors caution their findings shouldn’t spur undue optimism about the prospects for most “micropreemies.”

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:15 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Stress in early pregnancy linked to premature births, more female babies

New research supports the notion that extreme stress early in pregnancy may be linked to increased risk of preterm delivery. And, population wide, acute exposure to such stress could lead to the birth of fewer male babies than females.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 12/07/2011

With breast cancer, remove one breast or both?

E! News host Guiliana Rancic announced Monday that she plans to have a double mastectomy to remove not only her breast in which cancer has been detected but also her apparently healthy other breast. But new research suggests that women who have CPM, or “contralateral prophylactic mastectomy” -- which removes that second, healthy breast as a preventative measure -- may not benefit as much as they might expect.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:44 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/07/2011

New drugs show promise for advanced breast cancer

Two new combinations of drugs appear to significantly slow the progression of tumors among some women fighting metastatic breast cancer.

By Rob Stein  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Report outlines environmental risk factors for breast cancer

Is there anything women can do to reduce their risk for breast cancer? Well, the answer is yes, no, and maybe, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.

By Rob Stein  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011

New test shows promise for very early breast cancer patients

The findings indicate the test could help women wrestling with whether to undergo radiation and other treatment after a lumpectomy or whether they can skip the follow-up treatment.

By Rob Stein  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Presidents don’t age unusually fast, research concludes

Obama may be showing more gray these days than before he took office. But new research is challenging the notion that presidents age more quickly than most people.

By Rob Stein  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Fitness matters more than fatness, study suggests

When it comes to warding off premature death, how fit you are may be more important than how much you weigh.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Food at children’s hospital cafeterias not all that healthful

The food offerings at some hospital restaurants aren’t all that healthful, new research finds.

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

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Well, that’s one way to encourage condom use

Dude, what would you do if you got a Facebook friend request from a baby who had the same name as you — but with “Jr.” tacked to the end? After you finished freaking out, that is?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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