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The Checkup: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Pancreatic Cancer News You Can't Use

A new study in the Journal of the American Cancer Institute shows that people with certain blood types may be more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly of all malignancies. Specifically, folks with type O blood face the lowest risk for pancreatic cancer, while those with...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Cancer , General Health , Prevention  
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Older Dads and Their Kids' IQs

Everyone has heard about women's biological clock. But do men have one, too? Well, men don't go through menopause like women do, and most remain fertile throughout their lives. But there is a growing body of evidence that children born to older fathers may be at increased risk for certain...

By Rob Stein  |  March 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Motherhood  
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A Wake-Up Call for Insomniacs

How'd you sleep last night? If your answer is "Hardly at all," you're like an estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population. Insomnia -- the inability to fall, or stay, asleep at night -- is a serious problem, one that's been tied to cardiovascular disease and depression. It causes daytime...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Family Health , General Health , Women's Health  
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Maintaining Good Health -- for Yourself, or for Loved Ones?

Watching the recent videotape of former President George H.W. Bush choking up as he talked about his wife Barbara's heart surgery made me tear up. (Skip ahead to minute 1:21 to see Mr. Bush's remarks.) The husband's raw emotion made me wonder what he would have done if things hadn't...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood , Nutrition and Fitness , Psychology , Women's Health  
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Five Facts about Aortic Valve Surgery

Former First Lady Barbara Bush had it the other day. And actor/comedian Robin Williams is about to have it, too. "It" is aortic valve surgery, a procedure in which one of the four valves that regulate the passage of blood in and out of the heart is replaced. Here are...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , General Health , Popular Procedures , Seniors  
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