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The Checkup: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Dying to Know the Cause of Death

I was sad to hear that Jurassic Park author/ER creator Michael Crichton had died earlier this week at age 66. I'll miss Crichton: You could always count on him to deliver a good story, usually scary and generally thought-provoking. His death also revealed something scary and thought-provoking -- about me....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Psychology  
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Improving a Woman's Love Life

There's new evidence that women may be able to safely improve their love lives--by taking the principal male sex hormone, testosterone. Studies indicate that a lot of women have problems with their love lives -- a Harvard study involving more than 31,000 women in this month's issue of the journal...

By Rob Stein  |  November 6, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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Caffeine, Your Baby, and You

Yesterday's Health section featured a refreshing article by a 6-months-pregnant woman grappling with the baffling array of dietary decisions a good mom's supposed to make in these nutrition-conscious days. Writer Moira E. McLaughlin discussed her dismay at having to do without beer ("Ah, delicious summer brews! Sweet Octoberfests! Thick winter...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  General Health  
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The Cider Vinegar Heartburn Cure?

The "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" nutrition column in today's Health section explores ways to manage heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD through altering your diet. Losing weight and identifying those foods that seem to trigger your heartburn (and then avoiding those foods) are the prime tips offered by dietitian Elaine...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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When A 'Curly' Lightbulb Breaks

Add to the list of things no parent especially wants to hear: "Mom, my reading lamp fell over, and the light bulb broke. It was one of those curly ones." That's what my 12-year-old son told me the other day as I sat working at my desk. Cleaning up a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Family Health  
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