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The Checkup: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

How Can I Stay Sane Through the Holidays?

The end-of-year holidays are supposed to be a time to reflect on our lives' bounty and joy and to savor the company of loved ones and friends. So, what went wrong? For too many of us, the holidays have become an ordeal to be soldiered through, full of the stresses...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Alternative Treatment for Psoriasis

Indigo ointment appears to be safe and effective for treating the common skin disease psoriasis, according to a small new study. An estimated 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, a chronic condition that causes red scaly patches of skin, often on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. The cause...

By Rob Stein  |  November 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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Great American Smokeout Makes the Most of Mondays

Tomorrow's Great American Smokeout will differ from the 32 previous annual Smokeouts in one big way: It comes with a built-in strategy for staying smoke-free once the day is done. Millions of American smokers have taken part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which encourages those who want...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health  
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Lean Cuisine Product Recall

The USDA has issued a Class 1 recall of nearly 900,000 pounds of Lean Cuisine-brand frozen chicken products, which may be contaminated with "foreign material." The products, manufactured by Nestlé Prepared Foods Co., include 3 varieties of Lean Cuisine meals. A Class 1 designation reflects that the USDA considers the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 18, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Cooking for One Guy

I suspect that many people who write about cooking for one are not themselves single diners. For my part, while I learned a lot from reporting today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about solo cooking, once I finished writing I made dinner for my family of four. But Joe...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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That British Girl's Brave Heart

"I try not to think about death, but I do know my time is limited. I live each day as it comes. I enjoy life. It's hard not to feel that life's unfair, but I am determined to make the best of it." That's Hannah Jones, as quoted in Friday's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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