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The Checkup: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Choose Your (Stolen) Treats Wisely

Of course you're not the kind of parent who raids the kids' Halloween candy after they've gone to bed. Me either. But just in case you're tempted....The helpful folks at AOL Health have compiled a quiz that lets you test your knowledge of the calorie, fat and sugar content of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 31, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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'Falling Back' May Protect Your Heart

When you turn your clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, you might also be protecting your heart, according to new research. Imre Janszky of the Karolinska Institute and Rickard Ljung of the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden took advantage of that country's...

By Rob Stein  |  October 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Health  
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Bad Blood?

Next time you need a blood transfusion, you might consider asking your doctor to check the expiration date. A new study has found that patients who receive "old blood" are significantly more likely to develop infections afterwards even if the blood is still good according to current standards. Raquel Nahra...

By Rob Stein  |  October 30, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Hospitals  
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Elizabeth Edwards on Health Policy

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the former senator and presidential candidate, is bringing her first-hand experience to the public policy debate about America's ailing health-care system. First diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004, Edwards announced in early 2007 that the cancer had returned and spread to her bones. Doctors say...

By Nancy Szokan  |  October 29, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health Policy  
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Clinical Studies and Kids

If your child's physician suggested enrolling your kid in a clinical study, would you know what to say? A new Web site launched by the National Institutes of Health makes a good case for conducting medical research with children and answers any question that could possibly pop into a parent's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Nutrition Data, Front and Center

(Courtesy of Smart Choices Program)Will the Smart Choices Program be the one? Nutritionists, public health officials, and food companies have for years sought a consumer-friendly means of posting useful nutrition information on food packages. Some individual companies and retail chains have adopted their own. But those scattershot efforts may...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Adventures in Tooth Whitening

Perhaps I'm just feeling my middle age, but -- even though I know better -- all those ads for tooth-whitening products are starting to work their magic on me. Recently, one came via e-mail, promising that my teeth could be made 7 shades whiter in 7 hours. Yikes: That sounded...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  General Health  
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