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The Checkup: April, 2012

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Study charts autism’s six common courses

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics takes our understanding of autism far beyond the hard numbers.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:01 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012

New cancer stats mostly encouraging

The incidence of many forms of cancer decreased between 1999 and 2008, data released Wednesday show.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Being bilingual may delay dementia

That finding is reported in a paper in the April issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Sit at your peril

It’s not news that rump-resting is bad for your health, of course. But a big new study out of Australia puts some better numbers on how too much sitting increases the risk of death.

By Brian Vastag  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Good news about popcorn and chocolate

The Checkup | Research reveals potential health benefits of eating popcorn and chocolate.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:15 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Can young men’s athletic coaches help stem dating violence?

New study suggests that regular conversations with teams coaches about “dating violence” may help prevent abusive behavior by young male athletes .

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:46 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Few meet all seven heart-health recommendations

Maintaining good cardiovascular health boils down to doing seven things. Most of us don’t do them.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Research looks into ‘exercise-induced orgasm’ phenomenon

Does it really happen?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Exercise

Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Hidden data show that antipsychotic drugs are less effective than advertised

A new report finds that psychiatrists have not been given a full picture of antipsychotic drugs, which include big sellers like Abilify (aripiprazole), Zyprexa (olanzapine), Risperdal (risperidone), and Seroquel (quetiapine)

By Brian Vastag  |  06:05 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  schizophrenia

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Women prescribed more drugs than men but don’t always take them, research shows

Women are prescribed more medications for acute and chronic conditions than men are, but they’re less likely than men to use those medications as prescribed.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Synthetic pot is not safe, according to study on teen use

People may think that synthetic cannabinoids are safe. But the lab-created mock marijuana products can be dangerous, a report shows.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  08:18 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Rebuffed for sex? Deprived male fruit flies turn to alcohol, study says

Authors of the study, which was published Thursday in the magazine ‘Science,’ hope it will shed light on mechanisms behind human substance abuse and addiction

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Less sleep, more calories?

A new bit of evidence has emerged supporting a link between lack of sleep and being overweight.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  05:32 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 03/13/2012

CDC: Too few women get tested for chlamydia

Chlamydia, a potentially dangerous sexually transmitted infection, is the most commonly reported infectious disease in the U.S., but only 38 percent of sexually active women ages 15 to 25 report they’ve been tested for it during the past year.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  05:49 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Circumcision linked to lower prostate-cancer risk

Men who undergo circumcision before they first have sexual intercourse are at reduced risk of prostate cancer than men who are circumcised later or not at all. That’s according to research published Monday.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Kids’ stair-related injuries, usually not serious, are declining

A new study published Monday morning in the journal Pediatrics shows number of serious stair-related injuries among kids under 5 declined by 11.6 percent from 1999 to 2008.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Progress for people with schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is an often debilitating condition that affects 1 in 100 people in the United States, according to the NIH.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:48 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Nick Cannon’s lupus

Entertainer (and Mariah Carey hubby) Nick Cannon has revealed that he has a form of lupus that affects his kidneys.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012

CDC says C. difficile infections at “historic high”

A report on the increased incidence of clostridium difficile infections in hospitals and other health-care settings issued Tuesday by the CDC finds that “the incidence, deaths, and excess health-care costs resulting from CDIs in hospitalized patients are all at historic highs.”

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Suzanne Somers undergoes controversial breast reconstruction

Suzanne Somers was on Good Morning America Monday morning talking about her experience undergoing a controversial new breast-reconstruction procedure involving her own stem cells.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  11:53 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/03/2012

Wake up! It’s sleep awareness week!

There’s been some sleep-related research released lately, and surely this week of acute awareness will bring more.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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