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The Checkup: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

Flirting with Flirtation

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Psychology  
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Beware the Bassinet

In the hope of reducing deaths of babies from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in their own space, such as in a crib or bassinet. But bassinets, it turns out, may not always be so safe, new research shows. Jodi Pike...

By Rob Stein  |  July 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Motherhood  
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Optimism May Help Heart Health

I'm wary of the notion that a positive mental attitude can help people survive medical crises, mostly because I've known some incredibly upbeat people who have died of cancer. A good outlook and cheerful demeanor can't hurt, I suppose, but the pressure on sick people to maintain those attitudes seems...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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Is Facebook a Healthy Choice for Teens?

Let me be clear: I trust my 14-year-old daughter, and she's never given me reason not to. (We often have joked that her worst transgression so far was when she snuck off and cut her own hair at age 5.) But trust in her isn't really the issue in our...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Teens  
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I Have WHAT?

Ouch. I've just had the most painful case of Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia ever! I took a huge gulp of icy-cold tea, and it gave me what we laypeople call brain freeze. Today's blog is not about brain freeze, however; we're looking at Latin and Greek medical terms for common health conditions....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Family Health  
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