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The Checkup: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Colon Screening: Ready to Go Virtual?

I almost filed this blog entry under The Checkup's "Popular Procedures" heading. But I thought better of it: For all the potentially life-saving benefits it offers, colonoscopy is hardly what you'd call a popular procedure. Just mention it out loud and watch the wincing begin. But two studies in yesterday's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Prevention  
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Study Questions Antibiotics' Safety in Preterm Labor

There's important new information out today for pregnant women and their doctors: Giving antibiotics to some pregnant women who have gone into labor too early could be dangerous for the long-term development of their children, according to a major new study. Now, it's important to make it clear right away...

By Rob Stein  |  September 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cancer , Motherhood  
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LIfe's Big Questions: How Can I Face This Financial Stress?

Who among us didn't wake up earlier this week with a pit in our stomach, worried about how the collapse of the financial market might affect us, our nest eggs, and all the hopes, dreams, and plans our investments represent? The Checkup can't offer money-management advice. But, with the help...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Food for Toddlers

Yesterday the Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. launched a new line of toddler foods that promise to offer better nutrition than competing products and "No Junk" -- meaning no artificial flavors or colors, MSG, trans fats, added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or excessive salt -- in their recipes. Photo courtesy of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Bilingual Kids Stutter More

Those who study stuttering have suspected that bilingual kids are more likely to stutter than kids who speak just one language. An article released online last week in the Archives of Disease in Childhood (a British Medical Journal publication) solidifies that connection -- but without explaining how or why the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Family Health  
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