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The Checkup: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

States of Good Health

Most of us probably don't consult the United Health Foundation when it comes to choosing a place to live. But maybe we should. The 19th annual "America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities" released Wednesday by the UHF in partnership with the American Public Health...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health  
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Does Abortion Traumatize Women?

Does abortion leave some women severely emotionally traumatized? That question has been the focus of a long bitter debate, with some claiming that abortion can cause a syndrome similar to post-traumatic stress disorder dubbed "post-abortion syndrome." A new study out today is wading back into this hot-button question --and concludes...

By Rob Stein  |  December 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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Vaccines: Bad Business for Doctors?

We in America seem to take the ready availability of vaccines for granted. Every so often there's a shortage of one vaccination or another, but for the most part we feel confident that we and our children will have access to the shots that protect us against a wide range...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Business of Health  
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Take the Holiday Challenge! Start by Stopping Stress.

The Health section's annual Holiday Challenge is now underway, and the question is: Can you enjoy the holiday season without gaining any weight? Today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column offers strategies for doing just that -- not trying to lose weight, but simply holding the line on holiday weight...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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How to Mark World AIDS Day? How About Getting Screened?

Twenty years ago today was the first World AIDS Day. I remember it well. The museum at which I then worked had a ceremony; when it was over, I hugged a dear friend, who was gay, and begged him to be careful. That was back when most of us thought...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health  
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