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The Checkup: May, 2012

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/31/2012

NYC's big-soda ban: What do you think?

Does the city government have any business telling people how big their Coke bottles can be?

By Jennifer Huget  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New York soda ban

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Study: Old people smell different, but not bad

A study published Wednesday suggests that the body odor of old people is neither particularly strong nor particularly unpleasant.

By Jennifer Huget  |  05:00 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  body odor, old people scent

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Good news about soy-based baby formula

New study finds that soy-fed babies develop on par with babies who are fed milk-based formula.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  baby formula, breast feeding

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/28/2012

Pills fall short in birth-control contest

The most popular forms of birth control in the U.S. are also the least effective, new study finds.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contraception, birth control, unintended pregnancy

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Is that right? POM protects against disease?

Is it okay for POM Wonderful to say its pomegranate juice protects against heart disease and prostate cancer and remedies erectile dysfunction?

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  POM

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 05/23/2012

C-section may boost child obesity risk, study finds

Women for whom a C-section is a matter of preference might want to consider some new information before opting to go that route.

By Jennifer Huget  |  06:38 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  c-section, childhood obesity

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Hormone replacement therapy, 10 years after claims of a cancer link

The therapy to treat symptoms of menopause has been among the most controversial and confusing issues in the modern medical world.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hrt, hormone replacement therapy

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012

The serious issue of dog bites

Dog bites are a bigger problem than you may think.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dog bites, postal workers

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 05/18/2012

How much do you know about hepatitis C?

The CDC counts about 3.2 million Americans as having hepatitis C, which can linger for years and can cause serious liver damage, failure, or cancer.

By Jennifer Huget  |  05:00 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hepatitis C

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/17/2012

‘Z-pak’ antibiotic raises cardio death risk, study finds

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  z-pack, cardiovascular death, azithromycin, antibiotics

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Black men who have prostate cancer surgery fare worse than white men

For reasons that are unclear, black men fare more poorly during and after prostate cancer surgery than do white men.

By Brian Vastag  |  11:47 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Sleepwalking study: Common in children, less so in adults

The behavior affects up to 30 percent of children, according to a new study, though the numbers for adults are much lower.

By Jennifer Huget  |  06:39 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sleepwalking

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Beware bottles, binkies and sippy cups

Babyhood staples may seem benign, but they’re implicated in injuries that send about 2,200 children under age 3 to emergency departments every year.

By Jennifer Huget  |  12:01 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bottle-related injuries, pacifiers, sippy cups

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Half of all Americans report sunburns

Two studies suggest that public-health messages about the dangers of tanning booths and sunburns are lost on a substantial number of Americans.

By Jennifer Huget  |  06:06 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sunburn, tanning beds, indoor tanning

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Harry Potter inspires new blood-testing scheme

A team of chemical engineers at Monash University in Australia has created a new means of testing and documenting people’s blood types.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blood test, harry potter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

IUDs are the most effective emergency contraceptive

“Emergency contraception” has almost become synonymous with the “morning after pill.” But an intrauterine device is even more effective.

By Brian Vastag  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's cancer

Salivary parotid gland cancer, which apparently killed the 47-year-old musician, is very rare.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:36 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys, salivary gland cancer

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Helmets okay in tornadoes, if kept handy

CDC offers that advice in new bulletin.

By Jennifer Huget  |  06:27 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tornado helmet

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 05/03/2012

HPV vaccine: Fewer girls getting all three doses

The number of young women completing the three-shot series decreased sharply from 2006 to 2009.

By Jennifer Huget  |  01:04 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hpv vaccine, hpv

 

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