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The Checkup: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Soda Tax, Food Policy and Politics

That Kelly Brownell is at it again. Brownell, a professor of psychology at Yale University and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, has written much about what he thinks the government should do to cinch in America's ever-widening waistlines. Co-author of the 2004 book Food Fight:...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Common Asthma Treatment Ineffective

Contrary to what doctors and patients have long believed, taking heartburn medicine does not help reduce coughing, wheezing and breathlessness among people who have asthma, according to new research out today . More than 22 million Americans have asthma, and many also have acid reflux, which is a condition that...

By Rob Stein  |  April 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Asthma , Family Health , General Health  
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What Do You Want From Your Health Blog?

What to blog about for tomorrow? There's the disturbing report that 1 out of every 5 American 4-year-olds is obese. Or the news that having a big belly may increase odds of suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome. Perhaps a commentary on today's fascinating article about the trend among food manufacturers...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  About the Blog , General Health  
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Adventures in Yogurt-Making

A couple of weeks ago I shared a recipe for making yogurt in a crockpot with readers of my weekly Lean & Fit e-mail newsletter (Want to sign up? Start here.) with the promise that I'd try it myself and share results on this blog. That was supposed to happen...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Too Much TV? Feed 'em Donuts.

Asma Attaoui holds a rack of donuts at a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Boston. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole) You'll want to watch the new Dunkin' Donuts TV ad more than once, just to be sure you've got it right. Three kids (and a dog) are in a darkened room, watching...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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