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The Checkup: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

To Protect Kids From Melanoma, Skip the Shore Vacation?

This bitter-cold weather has me dreaming of Ocean City, Md., where my family has vacationed every summer since we've been a family. Some of my favorite photos are of our tiny children plunked diaper-down in the sand, relishing the salt air and sunshine, radiating health and happiness. So a new...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cancer , Family Health  
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How Risky Are Hormones?

There's important new research out today about hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer. A new analysis of the landmark Women's Health Initiative has shown just how much of a risk women face from taking estrogen and progestin to relieve hot flashes and other problems due to menopause, and how quickly...

By Rob Stein  |  February 5, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cancer , Women's Health  
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Phelps Aside, Pot Use Down Among Young

The news that 23-year-old Olympic swim sensation Michael Phelps had been caught on camera taking a bong hit completely overshadowed other important marijuana news issued Monday. A study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that marijuana use among 15-year-olds in the U.S., Canada and Europe declined substantially...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs  
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Local Food or Organic: Which is More Important?

Last week's blog about organic food drew lots of comments from people who believe organic food is far better for you than conventionally farmed food and from those who think the whole "organic" label is a sham. In today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column I chat with Kate Gosselin...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Study: Stem Cells May Reverse MS Damage

It's been a good month for multiple sclerosis research. As I blogged on Friday, the first oral MS drug -- an appealing and apparently effective alternative to the existing injectable therapies -- is nearing approval. That same day The Lancet Neurology published research in which 21 people with early-stage relapsing/remitting...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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