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The Checkup: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Brain Game

Boy, do I feel dumb. I've just spent the last two minutes trying to remember where this little bird last popped up amidst the foliage on my computer screen while also trying to remember what letter appeared on the screen before the bird disappeared. It's a ridiculous thing to be...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Psychology  
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Prostate Cancer Treatment Questioned

A new study is casting doubt on an increasingly popular therapy for prostate cancer -- the second most common cancer and second most common cause of cancer death among men. Typically, men who are diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer undergo surgery or radiation or simply keep an eye on the...

By Rob Stein  |  July 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cancer  
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My Venus Week

All these years I've been having my Venus Week and didn't even know it. "The Venus Week," as described in a recent book by that name, is that one sparkling point in a woman's monthly menstrual cycle in which her hormones are all working in her favor, making her skin...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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The Icy Touch of Raynaud's

Most people don't think too much about keeping their hands warm, particularly not in the heat of the summer. But folks like me who have Raynaud's Syndrome learn to avoid frigid digits whenever they can. Because what happens when my hands get cold, as my grossed-out kids can attest, isn't...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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Bon Voyage!

If you're heading abroad this summer -- and, despite the lousy economy and crummy exchange rates, it seems as though many of us are -- you'll need to make sure your passport's in order, you've converted some cash to the currency of your destination, and laid in some extra memory...

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