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The Checkup: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Should I Get A Flu Shot?

Yes. if you're among the nearly 90 percent of the public that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deems eligible for vaccination against influenza, there are lots of reasons to get the shot, and precious few for avoiding it. Yes, we know: Last year's flu shot was...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Is Googling Good for Your Brain?

Surfing the Web may seem mindless at times, but new research indicates googling may help keep your brain sharp. A growing body of evidence is supporting the "use-it-or-lose-it" hypothesis of aging well. It says staying mentally active helps keep the brain spry. So far, research has focused on reading, doing...

By Rob Stein  |  October 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia , Seniors  
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Drinking and the Shrinking Brain

Nobody wants to think about their brain's shrinking. But our brains do so as we age. They decrease in size by about 2 percent per decade, and the brains of drinkers may shrink more quickly, according to a study published Monday in the Archives of Neurology, a publication of the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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Following Up: Restaurant Food Labels, Gardasil, Vitamin D

A week ago The Checkup asked whether requiring chain restaurants to prominently post information about the nutritional content of the food they serve is likely to actually curb this country's obesity crisis. I voiced skepticism: I think people have a pretty good sense of whether the food they're ordering is...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Kids + Sports = Better Health

No surprise here: Kids who play sports and do other physical activities report all kinds of health benefits, feeling better about themselves mentally and physically, a comprehensive new study shows. The Women's Sports Foundation partnered with Harris Interactive to survey 2,185 children in grades 3 through 12 and 863 parents...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  October 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health  
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