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The Checkup: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Yoga as Bunion Buster?

A friend, knowing that I teach yoga and write about health, e-mailed me the other day with this question: "Somebody told me that there is a yoga exercise that will actually reverse the progress of a bunion. You put the affected foot up against a slant board and stretch out...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health  
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Magic Mushrooms

For hundreds of years, people have consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms, saying the experience is deeply spiritual, expands their minds and profoundly alters their perspective about life. Heady claims, to say the least. But there's new scientific evidence backing them up. Roland Griffiths, a psychopharmacologist at Johns Hopkins, led a team of...

By Rob Stein  |  July 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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My Real Age? 41.7!

These days I appreciate anything that makes me feel younger. (Yes, that was me in CVS recently, shopping for hair dye to cover my grey.) So I really got a boost when I found out that the folks at RealAge.com think I'm a mere 41.7 years old -- about six...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Victoria's Eye-Popping Secret

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is launching an EyeSmart campaign today to raise public awareness about eye injuries and teach people how to avoid them. Interesting tidbit: Contrary to popular belief, most eye injuries occur at home, not in the workplace or at high-risk places like construction sites. And those...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Grownups Give Booze to Underage Drinkers

A whopping 650,000 young adults under age 21 say a grownup -- in some cases a parent -- has supplied them with alcohol, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This, despite the fact that the federal government virtually outlawed...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health  
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