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The Checkup: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Asthma, Bowel Cleansers -- And What You Should Know

Two pieces of news from the FDA -- on common bowel cleansers and popular asthma drugs -- are sure to puzzle some readers. How can we be sure that the drugs we take are safe? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday ordered that a black-box warning -- the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 12, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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MS: After Suspicious Scan, Just Wait and See?

So you go to the neurologist for, say persistent migraines, and the doctor orders an MRI. What happens if that scan turns up signs that you might have multiple sclerosis, even though you have no symptoms? That's the question raised by a provocative study published Wednesday in the on-line edition...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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'Late Preterm' Babies Face Surprising Risks

There's some disturbing new information out today about babies that are born too early, a trend that has been increasing in the United States: A new study found that babies born prematurely are at much greater risk for serious neurological problems such as cerebral palsy, even if they are just...

By Rob Stein  |  December 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Motherhood  
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Is the Tide Turning on High Fructose Corn Syrup?

For the past four years, since the publication of compelling research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noting that an uptick in American obesity had coincided with the introduction and growing use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the late 1970s, HFCS has been demonized by those in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Better-for-You Holiday Beverages, Anyone?

I've been on the prowl for a cocktail that befits this festive season without delivering a lot of decidedly unfestive calories and fat. I got some ideas from Monica Reinagel, the Baltimore-based chief nutritionist for NutritionData.com. Reinagel, who also supplied tips for better-for-you holiday treats featured in today's "Eat, Drink...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 9, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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No Booze for Pregnant Women

How much alcohol can a pregnant woman consume without risking harm to her baby? Ideally, none at all. That's the message from a new study that adds to the body of evidence that prenatal alcohol exposure, even in small quantities, heightens a child's risk of conduct disorder. The study, conducted...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Family Health  
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