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The Checkup: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

The Ear Infection/Fat Connection

Yesterday The Checkup looked at research suggesting that MSG can make you fat. Today's culprit? Ear infections. On rare occasion, science moves forward in big, decisive steps. But more often it's a piling up of small, even obscure-seeming discoveries that may help us better understand how our bodies work --...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health  
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Can MSG Make You Fat?

Remember MSG -- that ubiquitous flavor-enhancer that gives Kung Pao chicken its punch? Well, new research suggests that it may be playing a role in the obesity epidemic. And not just because Americans are ordering too much Chinese take-out. Although some people have bad reactions to MSG--monosodium glutamate--it's generally considered...

By Rob Stein  |  August 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Teens Put a Price on Zit-Free Life

What would the average teenager pay to be zit-free for life? $275. That's what a study in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology reports. Researchers at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco asked 266 acne-ridden teens (ages 14-18) what they would pay to...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Teens  
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Do You Trust Gardasil?

A friend e-mailed me yesterday saying her college-student daughter had reported that 200 girls/women had died after receiving Gardasil, the three-shot vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancer by protecting against the human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause it. "Any truth to that?" she wondered. Reports and rumors about Gardasil's adverse...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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Nuts About Nutella

Early this summer my daughter and I spent some time in France, where we were introduced to the joys of Nutella. Nutella is a delectable hazelnut/chocolate spread that we ate spread on crepes bought from sidewalk vendors, as an ingredient in Nutella gelato, and, yes, I'll admit, straight out of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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