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The Checkup: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

New Cancer Culprit: Incense?

Snuff the incense, dude. It might give you, like, cancer. A study to appear in the October 1 issue of the journal Cancer looked at the incidence of respiratory-tract cancers among 61,320 Chinese residents of Singapore, where incense-burning is a big part of daily life. Those who used the most...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health  
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Are There Toxins in Your Herbs?

There's some disturbing news for those who use ayurvedic medicine: Many of the herbal products sold on the Internet for ayurveda contain dangerous leavels of lead, mercury and arsenic, according to a new study. Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine that orginated in India and uses herbal products, including...

By Rob Stein  |  August 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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Study Pokes Holes in Nut Ban

In medicine as in politics, sometimes an idea gets repeated so often it takes on the aura of fact. So it's been with the advice offered for more than 50 years to people diagnosed with diverticulosis, the development of pockets in the lining of the colon, or its relative, diverticulitis,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Flu Stories

How worried are you about a pandemic flu? Scientists consider the threat of a world-wide influenza epidemic to be a matter of "when," not "if." A deadly strain of avian flu is thought to be the most likely culprit as it continues to pop up in undeveloped countries around the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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When Making Music Causes Pain

I had to chuckle when I read a press release about an occupational therapists' advice for helping music-making kids avoid injury. Neither of my musician children is exactly in danger of practicing so much that it hurts. But on closer read, I thought even my practice-slacking kids might benefit from...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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