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The Checkup: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

Breathe At Your Own Risk

Spring is in the air. And so, apparently, is a lot of soot. As was reported yesterday, the D.C./Baltimore/Northern Virginia area again has scored a spot in the American Lung Association's annual list of the top-10 cities with the filthiest air. Here's the full assessment. On the bright side, the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins  
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Study Says ... Dogs Beat Out Cats

We love all our pets. But are dogs better for your kids' health than cats? Say it ain't so! Hate to be the one to break it to you. But a big new study is tilting the evidence toward the dog in the house. How so? Well, it looks...

By Rob Stein  |  May 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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A Pill to Keep Seniors on Their Feet?

Could Ritalin help keep seniors from falling? A study in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that the drug best known for treating attention-deficit disorder (ADD) might also offer older people some protection against falling. Falls grow increasingly common -- and increasingly dangerous --...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Seniors  
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Do Pregnant Women Hide the Truth?

How trustworthy are folks when telling health researchers about their own behaviors? A Swedish study in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that of 103 pregnant women asked about how much alcohol they had consumed during their pregnancies, 94 said they'd had none at...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Pyschology  
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Salmonella From Your Pet?

When we hear about salmonella these days, we're more likely to think raw eggs than reptiles. But this article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reminds us that your family's pet turtles (and other reptiles) can make people just as sick as an undercooked...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 28, 2008; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health  
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