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The Checkup: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

Heart Health, With Apologies to George Carlin

I was wondering why political commentator Tim Russert's death from a heart attack spurred so much media chatter about cardiovascular health while comedian George Carlin's heart-failure death soon after did not. Maybe everybody already had said everything they had to say on the subject, I figured. Then I came across...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Health  
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Beware the Microchip

Tiny transmitters being embedded in everything from ID cards to the family dog may pose an unexpected danger: They can interfere with life-saving medical devices, according to a new study. Known as radio frequency identification devices (RFID), these little gadgets permit windshield passes to pay tolls for moving cars, security...

By Rob Stein  |  June 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Medical Technology  
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Dry Drowning

When I read about the 10-year-old South Carolina boy who died earlier this month from something called "dry drowning" hours after swimming -- and then walking home from the pool -- alarms went off in my head. We have a pool in our yard, and while I'm always on alert...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health  
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A Longer Walk to School

Spiraling fuel costs have made running school buses a budget-busting proposition. So last night the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) board voted to give Superintendent Jerry D. Weast leeway to increase the distances from school beyond which bus service is provided -- in effect, making more kids walk to school....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health  
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When Young Adults Grieve

As much as I -- like everyone else, apparently -- have been saddened by the sudden death of political commentator Tim Russert, I have been moved by the great grace and equanimity with which his only child, 22-year-old Luke Russert, has handled his enormous loss. I lost my own father...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health  
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