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The Checkup: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Laughter Yoga. No Joke!

I don't normally find yoga all that funny, except sometimes when I tip over during tree pose and fall in a heap on the floor. But then again, I've never tried laughter yoga. Devised in India in the mid-1990s by Madan Kataria and brought to the U.S. by a handful...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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Pregnant? Eat Chocolate!

When a woman gets pregnant, eating turns into a minefield . Swordfish for dinner? Nope, too much mercury. Blue cheese or feta on your salad? Sorry, soft cheeses can carry dangerous bacteria. A couple of glasses of wine with dinner? Forget about it. Well, here's something that may sound...

By Rob Stein  |  May 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Motherhood  
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Tough Choices in Times of Disaster

In the event of a flu pandemic or other large-scale medical disaster, who will decide which of us receives life-saving health care? That's one of the big questions addressed in this report in the May issue of the journal Chest. A task force set up to figure out how the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 7, 2008; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hospitals  
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Farewell to Peanut Allergies

Imagine a world where nobody's allergic to peanuts. Where passengers on planes could snack on peanuts; where parents wouldn't have to worry about their kids' gasping for air after taking a bite of a PB&J sandwich; where allergic kids wouldn't have to carry EpiPens everywhere they go -- and wouldn't...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 6, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Inside The Minds of Teen Drivers

Remember how great it felt to be, say, 17, cruising in a car with your buddies on a sunny spring day, the windows rolled down and the radio blasting? And aren't you sometimes kind of surprised that you lived to tell the tale? I know I am. And now that...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health  
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