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The Checkup: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Shame on Me

I once stole a parking space, slipping my car between the white lines even though I knew another driver had wanted it and was there first. I was in a big hurry, I had a baby waiting for me at home.... Well, you know. The other driver found another spot,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Psychology  
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New Initiative to Fight Childhood Obesity

A new initiative billed as the first of its kind was unveiled today to help battle one of the nation's biggest health problems--childhood obesity. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint effort between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, announced the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, which...

By Rob Stein  |  February 19, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , Obesity  
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Is Less More for Heart Attack Patients?

There's new evidence out today that more is not always better when it comes to treating heart attack patients. About 1 million Americans each year suffer heart attacks, which occur when arteries supplying blood to the heart get blocked. Those who get to the hospital right away can often be...

By Rob Stein  |  February 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health  
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Americans Wise Up to Trans Fats -- Sort Of

Quick: Name three foods that contain trans fats. If you can do so, you're ahead of most Americans, a new study suggests. Reporting in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from four universities working with the American Heart Association found that while 92 percent of 1,000 respondents questioned...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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What's Your Favorite Artificial Sweetener?

With the FDA's recent approval of a stevia-derived sweetener called rebaudioside A, marketed as Truvia (and the less-prominent PureVia), consumers now have six mainstream choices for low- or non-caloric substances to add to their coffee or sprinkle on their cereal (or, with the stevia-based products and saccharine and sucralose, to...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Decoding Students' Code of Silence

If your child knew of a fellow student's plan to "do something dangerous," could you count on him or her to tell an adult? A study in the February Journal of Educational Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association, tries to tease out the circumstances that lead kids to either...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health , Pyschology  
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