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The Checkup: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Infant Abductions: Down in Hospitals, Up in Homes

The good news: The number of babies abducted from hospitals has dropped dramatically since 1983. The bad: That decline has been matched by an alarming increase in the number of babies abducted from private homes and public places. An eye-opening report in the September issue of The American Journal of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 6, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Down Syndrome 101

Piper and Trig (Photo courtesy of the RNC) One of the most memorable images of the 2008 presidential campaign so far is that of 7-year-old Piper Palin using her own spit and tiny fingers to smooth her baby brother's hair as he slept in her lap while their mother,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 5, 2008; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Disabilities  
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Do C-Sections Make Moms Less Sensitive?

Women who deliver their babies through Caesarean sections appear to be less sensitive to the sound of their baby's cry, according to provocative new research. In the first study of its kind, James Swain of Yale University and his colleagues conducted brain scans on 12 new mothers women while they...

By Rob Stein  |  September 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Motherhood  
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Life's Big Questions: How Do I Choose a Work Partner?

Presidential candidates are privy to high-powered advice when it comes to choosing partners to share their tickets. But people still question whether Illinois Sen. Barack Obama did well in choosing Delaward Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate; Arizona Sen. John McCain's choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has of course...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Study: Moms' Stress Tied to Kids' Overweight

Yeah, that's what stressed-out moms needed: someone telling them that their stress may be helping make their kids fat. A study published in today's issue of the journal Pediatrics looked at the relationships in low-income families between kids' weight (as expressed via BMI, or body mass index), the availability of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Addicted to Sex

At first the news seemed like a joke, or maybe a perverse public relations move: David Duchovny, star of Showtime's "Californication" - in which the 48-year-old actor plays a sex-crazed guy - has checked himself into a rehab center to get treated for sex addiction. How, I wondered, is sex...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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