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The Checkup: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Older Drivers, Vision Screening, and Traffic Fatalities

Does screening older drivers' visual acuity translate to fewer traffic fatalities? That's what Gerald McGwin's been trying to figure out. In two studies published this year, McGwin, of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, examined the impact of a 2004 Florida law requiring all...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Seniors  
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Fretting About the Economy? How About a Smoke?

If you think you've noticed more people huddled in doorways puffing on cigarettes, or smelled smoke on the breath of someone you thought had kicked the habit, you may be right -- a new survey indicates that the economic meltdown is prompting people to light up more. The online survey...

By Rob Stein  |  November 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Smoking  
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No Flu Shot? What's Your Excuse?

Have you had your flu shot yet? According to a survey released Monday by Consumer Reports, 52 percent of 2,011 Americans surveyed October 9-14 said they planned to avail themselves of the influenza vaccine this year. What about the rest? Despite the fact that most respondents acknowledged that flu shots...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Prevention  
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Getting Kids to Break Their Fast

Some kids, I understand, bound out of bed in the morning eager to eat breakfast. Not mine. Even when they bound, they mostly won't eat. When they were little (they're now 12 and 15) and I exerted more control, they started the day with nice bowls of oatmeal. But they...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Giving Pancreatic Cancer its Due

I didn't plan to write about pancreatic cancer today. But sometimes a topic demands your attention. A reader commenting on my Friday blog about my reckoning with mortality by reading obituaries noted that pancreatic cancer, the 4th-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., doesn't attract anywhere near as much...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Cancer  
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