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The Checkup: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Narcissists on Facebook: We're On to You

We all should know by now not to put stuff on our Facebook profiles that might someday come back to bite us on the behind: no pictures of ourselves doing drugs, skipping work, or dancing naked on the table. (For more examples of what not to post on line, see...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Psychology  
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Couch Potatoes Work Up An Appetite

Couch potatoes apparently work up a big appetite. That, at least, is what a new study suggests. Barry Braun of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his colleagues studied six young, lean and fit men and women in three one-day experiments. On one day the volunteers spent 12 hours...

By Rob Stein  |  September 25, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Obesity  
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Life's Big Questions: How Can I Get Over My End-of-Summer Funk?

It's officially three days into autumn. Time for all those fall things I love: cozy sweaters, apple pies, and leaf-peeping. So why can't I stop thinking about the beach? If you, like me, are having trouble letting go of sweet summertime and hunkering down for fall (and, alas, winter), you...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Vitamin D, Kids, and MS Risk

Research presented at last week's big, international multiple sclerosis (MS) research conference in Montreal adds to the growing suspicion that a deficiency of Vitamin D may be linked to developing the disease. Researchers led by Brenda Banwell a pediatric MS specialist at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, and Heather Hanwell...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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Tough to Talk When a Newborn is Dying

End-of-life decisions are trying no matter the circumstances. But when the end of a life comes near its very beginning, discussions about what to do are all the more wrenching. The emotional trauma of delivering a terminally ill or severely premature baby is often compounded by unsatisfactory communications between physicians...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health  
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