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The Checkup: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Starry-Eyed Over Lasik?

As Rob Stein tells us today, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are likely getting an earful -- or an eyeful -- at this morning's public hearing on Lasik surgery, the popular but pricey procedure in which a laser is used to slice open the eye, allowing...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Popular Procedures  
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Want A Boy? Eat Cereal!

Can a woman really determine whether she will have a boy or a girl? Folk lore offers lots of advice: Indulge in chocolate for a girl. Eat red meat for a boy. Conceive under a full moon to get a girl. Then there's the high-tech option: Fertility clinics offer...

By Rob Stein  |  April 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Mucking with My Martini

Judging from readers' comments on Sally Squires's article yesterday about the link between women's alcohol consumption and breast-cancer risk, I'm not the only one feeling caught off guard. Several readers wondered what this might mean for their individual risk, and others wondered whether alcohol's stress-reducing qualities might help offset its...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 23, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prevention  
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Wearing Crocs? Watch Your Step!

My daughter and I, both big-time Crocs wearers, had just been admiring the new high-heeled versions when I read that the Japanese Trade Ministry has called on the Colorado-based manufacturer to redesign the ubiquitous rubbery shoes. Seems 65 Japanese people, mostly kids, have got their feet stuck -- and sometimes...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Shaken Faith in the Flu Vaccine?

They account for some of the great victories in the history of public health, but vaccines have had a rough time of it lately. First there was the federal government's agreement in March to compensate an Atlanta family whose daughter developed autism after receiving a set of routine childhood shots....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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