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

How We Eat When Times are Tough

When the economy's on the fritz, people spend less on food, most experts agree. But just how they go about cutting back isn't clear; nor is the impact of the economy on diet and nutrition. Canned vegetables, unlike these carrots, are generally cheaper than fresh produce. (Julia Ewan -- The...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Can Your Marriage Make You Sick?

A bad marriage may be bad for your health--if you're a woman, according to new research out today. Nancy Henry of the University of Utah and her colleagues studied 276 couples who had been married an average of 20 years.The couples filled out questionnaires assessing positive aspects of their marriage,...

By Rob Stein  |  March 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Family Health , Mental Health , Women's Health  
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Doodle? Do, to Improve Concentration

Do you want to get the very most out of reading this blog? How about doodling while you read it? A Jennifer Huget original. A small study in the upcoming issue of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology suggests that, while many of us assume doodling reveals a certain inattentiveness, it...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  General Health , Pyschology  
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Barbie, Mom and Body Image

In Barbie's 50 years as the doll America loves to hate, there's been lots of hand-wringing over the fashion icon's role in shaping girls' self-image. Do those big breasts, wasp waist and mile-long legs make us gals feel so inadequate that we fall into punishing dietary habits and other self-destructive...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 3, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Pyschology , Teens , Women's Health  
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Young People Felled by Flu

Those of us trying to make sense of the recent flu-related deaths of two Maryland teens have to face the reality that life can be terribly unfair. While we know that the very young and the very old, those with chronic illnesses or underlying health conditions and those with compromised...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Influenza , Vaccinations  
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