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

A New Wind A-Blowin' for Medical Marijuana?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Wednesday that federal law-enforcement officials will no longer go after providers of marijuana that's used for medicinal purposes in the 13 states in which medical marijuana is legal unless that service is just a front for unlawful activities. That announcement will no doubt...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Chronic Conditions , Disabilities , General Health , Health Policy , Neurological disorders , Smoking  
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Would a Ski Helmet Have Saved Natasha Richardson?

We're all so sad today about actress Natasha Richardson's untimely death following what appeared to be a minor ski accident. My thoughts are with her family, especially her husband and their two teenage sons. Richardson in May 2008. (AP)A New York medical examiner has now determined that Richardson died from...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 19, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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Should You Take Aspirin Daily?

Millions of men and women take an aspirin every day to protect themselves against heart attacks and strokes. But should they? There are some important new guidelines out that are designed to help make that decision, which is more complicated than many probably think. For years, doctors have been recommending...

By Rob Stein  |  March 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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Do We Need NCCAM?

I was just about to start writing this blog about yesterday's thought-provoking article regarding some legislators' calls to eliminate the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). But before I got going I remembered I wanted to do a bit of preliminary research in preparation for next Tuesday's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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Down with Diets!

My first diet was the Scarsdale one. I thought my thighs were too big, and I thought maybe that little book, with each day's food allowance clearly spelled out, would help make them smaller. I gave up soon. I hated the foods Scarsdale prescribed, and after a week the thought...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  General Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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How Not to Spread AIDS

Almost a quarter century ago I went to lunch with some friends from work. As we sat at a cafe table, the fellow next to me asked to taste my drink. I said sure and watched him sip from my straw. I didn't know what to do next. I knew...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  AIDS , Chronic Conditions , Prevention  
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