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The Checkup: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

How Can I Handle My Grief During the Holidays?

It's easy to feel isolated during the holiday season when you've lost a loved one. Everyone else seems so happy when you feel so sad. "It's a tough situation for people" says Dale G. Larson, professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University in California. "The key is to acknowledge...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Is Gardasil Safe?

Fretting about whether to get your daughter vaccinated against cervical cancer? Or perhaps about getting Gardasil yourself? The federal government has new data that officials say should help calm fears about the safety of the controversial shots. The analysis of data collected from about 190,000 women and girls who got...

By Rob Stein  |  October 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Family Health , Teens , Women's Health  
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Childhood Food Allergies Increasing

The federal government is confirming what many doctors, researchers and parents have long thought: More kids are reporting food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta released a new study today that found that reported food allergies increased 18 percent between 1997 and 2007 in the United...

By Rob Stein  |  October 22, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Family Health  
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'Stayin' Alive'? What Are My Other Choices?

Whenever it's deemed necessary to revive the 1970's aura, someone drags out the Bee Gees' 1977 disco hit "Stayin' Alive." Just a few notes and you're thinking men in white pantsuits and gold chains, right? Now the song itself may be in for a revival -- as a potential means...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health  
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Learning How Much to Eat

How do we learn how much food to put on our plates? That's a question Jennie Fisher, associate professor of public health and researcher at Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education, has been picking away at for years. Fisher's work is aimed at decoding the array of factors...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Putting the Kibosh on Car Surfing

There is no end, apparently, to the things teenagers will do that you wish they'd have the good sense not to do. The most recent edition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights a phenomenon known as "car surfing" and suggests...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Family Health  
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