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The Checkup: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Why Teens Don't Use Condoms

Consider the condom. That little bit of latex has the power to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) and to prevent transmission of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer. (We wouldn't be debating giving our daughters the Gardasil vaccine if we could...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Teens  
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Does Vitamin B12 Protect Your Brain?

A common vitamin found in meat, fish, dairy and other foods has been given a boost as a possible way to stave off the effects of aging. Vitamin B12 appears to protect people's brains as they age, according to a new British study. Anna Vogiatzoglou of the University of...

By Rob Stein  |  September 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Neurological disorders , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Knee Surgery Useless, Study Shows

Bad news for creaky Baby Boomers: There's strong new evidence out that arthroscopic surgery is useless for arthritis of the knee. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada studied 178 men and women suffering from moderate to severe arthritis in their knees. The patients all got standard...

By Rob Stein  |  September 10, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Seniors  
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Life's Big Questions: How Will I Make it Through My Kid's Senior Year?

Having recently watched several fellow parents ride the roller coaster that is a kid's senior year of high school, I believe we could all use some guidance as to how to make the most of that experience. Between riding their kids to make sure essays were written and application deadlines...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Corn Syrup: Good Advice, Despite the Source

The Corn Refiners Association wants us to know that, nutritionally speaking, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) isn't the evil villain it's made out to be. The CRA, which represents the corn-milling industry that produces, among other things, more than 23.5 billion pounds of high fructose corn syrup a year (that...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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