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The Checkup: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Can I Learn to Show Kindness?

Two recent incidents reported in The Post serve as welcome reminders that, despite the scary economy, the growing ugliness of the presidential campaign and all the worries that are built into our lives these days, some people still manage to show kindness to others. The heartbreaking case of two little...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Are 'Energy' Drinks Threatening Our Kids?

Researchers are calling for warning labels and other steps to curb the abuse of those wildly popular high-caffeine "energy drinks." Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University and 98 other experts sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration this week saying they had become increasingly alarmed about Red Bull...

By Rob Stein  |  October 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Teens  
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Can a Bedroom Fan Save Your Baby From SIDS?

There is nothing so immeasurably sad as the death of an infant. And when that death is attributed to SIDS -- sudden infant death syndrome -- the sadness is amplified by confusion and maddening uncertainty. For while doctors have given this syndrome a name for decades, and while it is...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia  
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Will Restaurants' Posting Nutrition Info Help Fight Obesity?

From left to right: California Medical Association President Dr. Richard Frankenstein, California Department of Public Health Chief Deputy Director Dr. Bonnie Sorensen, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly member Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord). (Photo courtesy of Peter Grigsby, Office of the Governor) California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever?

Whatever the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decides to do about limiting over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications' availability for use by little kids (they've already recommended they not be given to kids under age 2), a lot of people are spooked by the notion that such products may be...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 6, 2008; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Family Health  
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