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The Checkup: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

On Living Longer

Every year when the federal government releases its new life-expectancy data, I like to take a minute to think about what all those numbers really mean. As was widely reported yesterday, overall life expectancy rose in 2006 to a record high of 78.1 years. That means that a baby born...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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How Will You Die?

What do you worry is going to kill you? Breast cancer? A heart attack? A car crash? We get bombarded with all sorts of things to fret about: One day something in our water bottles may cause cancer. The next day the stress from our jobs is going to give...

By Rob Stein  |  June 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Antibiotics Before You Brush?

So I was looking for a good health story to blog about when I came across a report from the Reuters news service -- on which I often rely and which I always have trusted -- that seemed to suggest that a new study showed toothbrushing releases potentially dangerous bacteria...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man, Is It Ever Hot!

I was at an outdoor event for much of the weekend, and, boy, was it beastly out there. My family and I drank liters and liters of bottled water, and we took frequent refuge in the shady interior of our 1978 VW bus. But still there were moments when I...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Bad Time for Rabies

The news that there's a temporary shortage of human rabies vaccine sends a shiver down my spine. The shortage, caused by production problems at Sanofi Pasteur and Novartis, the nation's only two licensed suppliers of rabies vaccine, means the existing stock is all we've got until July, when Novartis is...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health  
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