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The Checkup: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Mercury Fillings Revisited

With little fanfare, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this week acknowledged on its Web site that mercury amalgam fillings -- the silvery material used for decades to plug cavities -- could be harmful. This admission, which came after the FDA settled a lawsuit with several consumer advocacy groups,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 6, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins  
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Your Brain On Pot

We all remember Reefer Madness--the 1936 classic about the supposed evils of cannabis. Decades later, a lot of people think marijuana is pretty harmless. In fact, there's a whole movement touting the medicinal properties of the weed. But despite the long debate about the pros and cons of pot smoking,...

By Rob Stein  |  June 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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For Teen Girls, It's More Purge than Binge

We hear the term "binge and purge" used to describe bulimia nervosa so commonly that, to my mind, anyway, the two activities -- eating way too much food at one sitting and then getting rid of that food by inducing vomiting or using laxatives -- seem inextricably linked. But a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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After Traumatic Event, No Need to Spill Your Guts

We health bloggers read an awful lot of scientific studies. Most of the ones I read confirm a hunch, telling us something we already thought we knew. Some actually turn up bona fide discoveries that open exciting new fields of inquiry and knowledge. But my favorites are the ones that...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Psychology  
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Drug Labeling with Pregnancy in Mind

When you're pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, there are so many things to consider: Are you ready emotionally? Financially? Physically? Once you've addressed those issues, many other important questions remain -- including this one: Are your prescription drugs safe for you to take while you're pregnant? The U.S. Food...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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