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The Checkup: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

A New Reason to Catch More ZZZs?

Okay, so Christmas Eve may not be the time to be lecturing people about getting enough sleep -- at least, not people with little kids anxious to see what Santa brought them. But a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association adds to the growing body of evidence...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General Health  
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Mediterranean Diet's Good for You

The Romans of the 4th century B.C. may not have given much thought to the potential health benefits of the diet they consumed. But a couple of millennia later, scientists and nutritionists are taking a hard look at the nuts, fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil and red...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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New Guidelines for Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) -- an estimated 7 percent to 10 percent of the world's population -- have a lot to contend with. The miserable task of managing unpredictable, uncomfortable and embarrassing lower-bowel activities, from diarrhea and cramps to constipation and excess gas, is bad enough. On top...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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