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The Checkup: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Counting Hairs

Do you know how many hairs you lose in a day? The common wisdom has long held that healthy people shed 100 hairs daily. But Jeffrey Miller, an associate professor of dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine, says that number's essentially pulled out of thin air. "It's a purely...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Coffee As Health Food?

Your daily cappuccino may seem like a guilty pleasure. But guess what? This guilty pleasure may actually help you live longer. That's right: Coffee, apparently, is a health food. I know, you're probably thinking: Yeah, right. It seems like everything that's addictive--and pleasurable--is bad for you. Smoking: bad. Drinking: Bad,...

By Rob Stein  |  June 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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YouTube Put to Good Use

In my household, YouTube is mainly a means of catching up with the latest pre-adolescent hilarities and marveling at really cool musical feats. But a group of neuroscientists affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco has harnessed the ubiquitous power of the popular online video-sharing site to spread information...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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Patients Unmoved by Internet Doctor Ratings

Fewer than a quarter of 1,007 California adults who responded to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation visited physician-ratings sites, according to an article in American Medical News, an online publication of the American Medical Association. And only 2 percent of those surveyed changed doctors on...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Business of Health  
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Home Alone

Would your 11-, 12-, or 13-year-old know where in the house to go to keep safe during a bad storm? Does he or she know how to use kitchen appliances safely? Would he or she know to get out of the house immediately if there were a fire? I'd like...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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