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The Checkup: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Kidney Stones? Lay Off the Iced Tea

Bad news for iced-tea lovers who also happen to be kidney-stone prone. The refreshing beverage, which I favor because it's tasty even without sweetener, contains high concentrations of oxalate. Turns out oxalate's a key culprit in creating kidney stones. And if you've ever passed one of those, you know it's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  General Health  
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Running For Your Life

There's an old joke that runners tend to live longer than the rest of us, but they spend all their extra time running. Regardless of whether or not that's true, there's some new research that indicates that the benefits of running continue late into life, and even runners in their...

By Rob Stein  |  August 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Unwittingly Practicing CAM?

A study to appear in the September 1 issue of Cancer, the American Cancer Society (ACS) journal, found that many cancer survivors use some form of complementary medicine -- treatments that aren't fully supported by science and that lie outside traditional Western medicine. ("Complementary" means they're being used along with...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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A Good Excuse to Take Mom to the Mall

Whenever I talk to my 82-year-old mom on the phone during warm weather, I ask her how she's holding up. She doesn't much like the heat and humidity, but she does fine: She's got air conditioning and is in great physical shape, and she knows to restrict her outdoor activities...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 12, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Seniors  
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Cancer Screening: Me Vs. the Big Picture

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last week handed down the startling recommendation that men over 75 should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer, and that younger men should weigh their screening options with a physician. That news came shortly after the release of a new study...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Cancer  
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