The Checkup: Health


Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Beware of flying champagne corks!

To avoid eye injury during the holidays, be careful uncorking that bottle of bubbly.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  06:16 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye injury, eye health

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Study questions utility of annual pelvic exams

Research suggests that many pelvic exams are done for reasons that have little to do with medical need.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  03:16 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  women's health

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Study surveys teens’ muscle-enhancement efforts

A survey of middle and high school students reveals that many have taken steps to build or tone muscles.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  12:01 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  steroids, teen health, adolescent health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012

More good reasons to exercise – but not too much!

Recent studies suggest that exercise benefits us in terms of of longevity and mental health — to a point.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  physical activity, exercise, mental health, longevity

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012

‘Super-utilizers’ place huge burden on health-care system

They overuse emergency departments and hospital inpatient services.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health-care costs

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Is that right? Squatting on potty better than sitting?

Is squatting on the toilet better than sitting? The man behind the Squatty Potty thinks so — as does his mom.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gastroenterology, bowel health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Kids should brush teeth for two minutes, twice daily

A new public service campaign urges parents to make sure their kids brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  toothbrushing, dental health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/15/2012

What do egg yolks and cigarettes have in common?

Is eating egg yolks -- which are full of cholesterol -- as bad for your cardiovascular system as smoking? New research says "almost."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cholesterol, cardiovascular health

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 08/01/2012

People with intellectual disabilities prone to poor dental health

Study shows physical, cognitive and behavioral issues may get in the way of their benefiting from care.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  11:13 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IDDs, dental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Which would you rather lose, a limb or your eyesight?

Bausch+Lomb asked 1,000 people from 11 countries, including the United States.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  04:04 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012

Health tips for the Olympics

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted on its Web site some health tips for those lucky enough to get to see the Olympic Games in person.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Loneliness linked to older people’s death, disability

A study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that, among older people, feeling lonely may substantially impair day-to-day ability to function and even increase risk of death.

By Jennifer Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  loneliness health

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/26/2012

G-spot update: Florida doctor claims to have found magic location, but findings disputed

Despite the hype over the magical G-spot, there’s little scientific evidence supporting the existence of that magical pleasure spot for women.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Women, Women's health

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Citrus fruit lowers women’s stroke risk, study shows

Citrus fruit is so good in so many ways. Now, new research suggests it may also reduce stroke risk, at least in women.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Health care, Medical research

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Removal of polyps during colonoscopy reduces colon-cancer deaths

It may be among the most-dreaded medical procedures, but new research adds to the evidence that colonoscopy is very effective at reducing colon-cancer mortality .

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colonoscopy, Health, Health Care

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Toothbrushes behaving badly: FDA issues Spinbrush warning

The FDA is warning consumers about the potential hazards of some battery-powered “spinning” toothbrushes.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health care, Health

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Snapshot: Is health news reporting politically slanted?

In light of recent events, I wondered whether NPR’s alleged liberal bias showed in its health news reporting.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Business of Health

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Women more stressed by work intrusions

Women juggle work and family lives as well as men, but

By Rob Stein  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Women more stressed by work intrusions

Women juggle work and family lives as well as men, but

By Rob Stein  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Ranch dressing revisited

The vast majority like it well enough to use it at least once in a while.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium

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

Wake up! It’s sleep awareness week

New data released by the CDC to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week — which begins today — paint a less-than-ideal picture of Americans’ relationship with sleep.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, General Health, Sleep, Stress