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The Checkup: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Six Holiday Myths Debunked

As the holidays approach, two doctors have decided to burst some popular holiday bubbles. No, they're not here to tell us there's no Santa Claus. But they are contradicting some long-held notions. Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman of the Indiana University School of Medicine decided to review the medical literature...

By Rob Stein  |  December 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health  
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Face Transplant Sparks Debate

You've probably heard the news about the nation's first face transplant. But here's a quick recap: Yesterday, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic detailed an unprecedented 22-hour operation in which they transplanted about 80 percent of a dead woman's face onto the face of a woman whose face had suffered massive...

By Rob Stein  |  December 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Bioethics , Organ Transplants  
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Colonoscopy Still Saves Lives

You may have read about the new study showing that colonoscopy might not be as good as everyone thought at detecting cancerous or precancerous polyps. But that's no excuse to skip this time-tested form of cancer screening. (You're not getting off the hook that easily!) The study, conducted in Canada...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cancer , Medical Technology , Prevention  
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Fast Food Facts

For lots of us, the holiday-shopping routine includes grabbing a quick bite in the mall's food court. But as today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column notes, fast food is not necessarily your friend, particularly when you're trying to avoid gaining weight during the holidays. (Check the column for experts'...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Renewed Call for Alcohol Labeling

Quick: How many ounces in a standard serving of wine? liquor? beer? Beer's easy: It usually comes in 12-ounce bottles or cans, which conveniently match the USDA's dietary guideline for a serving size. But wine and spirits are harder to size up, as we pour them into different-sized glasses. A...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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