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The Checkup: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008

Boating? Skip the Booze

If your Memorial Day plans include time on the water in your canoe, kayak or raft -- and I hope they do! -- you might want to leave the cooler at home. A study in last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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How Did Your Kid Turn 21?

I drank my share of beer in college. But there's a new campus imbibing ritual that even I find startling. It's called "21 for 21." And it works like this: When a student turns 21, he or she celebrates with friends by downing 21 beers, wine coolers, shots or some...

By Rob Stein  |  May 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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The NIH and The Woo-Woo Thing

Any yoga enthusiast (including me) will tell you that the ancient practice of yoking breath to bodily motion is good for your body, mind, and soul. But it's taken the mainstream medical community some time to view yoga as a demonstrably effective treatment for illness or tool for preventing disease....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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Dog Food Danger

Remember being a kid and daring your brother to eat dog food? Well, don't do that any more. That timeless prank seems riskier in light of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's report last week about an outbreak of salmonella infections apparently caused by contaminated dry dog food....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 20, 2008; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Fat Cells Are Forever

Well, this is kind of a bummer. Seems that the number of fat cells we develop as kids and teenagers determines how many we'll have for the rest of our lives. So says a study published in the May 4 online journal Nature. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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