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The Checkup: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Healthy vs. Healthful

A few months ago, a reader wrote to commend me for what she called my correct use of the term "healthful." Yet just last week, a different reader suggested that my use of that word where others would simply write "healthy" was trendy and, frankly, a bit much. I'm always...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions  
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Why Men Are Better Dieters

Why do women seem to have a much harder time sticking to their diets than men do? A new study provides a provocative clue: Women's brains appear to have more of a mind of their own, so to speak, when food beckons. Gene-Jack Wang of the Brookhaven National Laboratory and...

By Rob Stein  |  January 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Obesity  
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Women With Heart Ills Face Delays en Route to Hospitals

In a study that's ultimately more tantalizing than conclusive, researchers have found that women with heart-attack symptoms who call emergency medical services (EMS) are more likely than men to experience delays in delivery to the hospital. Reporting in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (published by the American Heart...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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Salmonella in Snack Crackers

The list of companies recalling snack crackers, candy, ice cream and other products that contain peanut butter or peanut butter paste sold by the Peanut Corporation of America for fear of salmonella contamination continues to grow; check the FDA site for an updated list. The FDA cautions Because identification of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health  
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A Nutrition-Wise Look at the Inaugural Luncheon

Should a once-(or maybe twice)-in-a-lifetime meal such as Tuesday's inaugural luncheon be held to high nutritional standards? Or does a president's swearing-in warrant a bit of indulgence? One nutrition writer tallies the feast's calorie count at 3,048 and notes that the spread contains 142 grams of fat. I talked with...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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