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The Checkup: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Countertops, Cellphones and Cancer Risk

Lots of alarming news on the cancer front yesterday. There was this report in the New York Times about granite countertops oozing cancer-causing radon. And this Associated Press story, featured in the Post and elsewhere, about a cancer-center head in Pittsburgh who's cautioned his staff to lay off the cellphones...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Cancer  
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Oops! Be Gone, Tattoo.

More women are getting tattoos these days, but more are also apparently coming to the conclusion that their decision to get their boyfriend's name, a rose or some other image inked into their skin was a mistake. A new survey finds that women are more likely than men to get...

By Rob Stein  |  July 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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How Well Do You Know Your Massage Therapist?

Besides the obvious horrors the recent arrest of Radovan Karadzic dredged up, it was really freaky to find out that the Butcher of Bosnia, murderer of a reported 8,000 men and boys, has apparently for years been practicing complementary medicine in Belgrade under the pseudonym Dragan Dabic. Among the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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Simple Steps for Post-50 Health

Every day, the news is full of advice, much of it contradictory, about how to stay healthy as you age. It's hard to keep track of all that information, and it's even harder to sort the solid advice from the less-solid stuff gleaned from the latest study du jour. Here's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health  
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Reminder: Not Every Kid's a High Achiever

I like the way my kids are. They're reasonably well-mannered, generally kind and considerate, interested in music and animals. They like to draw. And sometimes they like to just sit around and watch TV. I'll admit to having occasional pangs when I read or hear about kids who have done...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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