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The Checkup: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Let's Talk Health-Care Reform

For a health blog, we haven't talked much here about health-care reform. It's a huge, divisive and emotional issue -- in other words, perfect blog fodder. It's clear that health-care costs are out of control and threatening to undermine the entire economy. It's heartbreaking to hear about people losing their...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  General Health , Health Policy  
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Does Facebook Lead to Bad Grades?

Spending too much time on Facebook may help a college student's social life but it may not be so great for their grades, according to a new study presented today. Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University surveyed 219 Ohio State students in 2008, including 102 undergraduates and 117 graduate students....

By Rob Stein  |  April 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Teens  
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What's Really Good for Your Heart?

A bit of alcohol's good for your heart, right? And eggs and meat are bad? Turns out we don't really know. In fact, a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that for all the talk in health and nutrition circles about foods that promote heart...

By Nancy Szokan  |  April 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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What to Eat in the Company Caf

It's noon. You're starving, but you didn't pack a lunch, and you don't have time to leave the building for a meal. That's when the company's in-house cafeteria beckons. As today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column demonstrates, you've got to make the most of every meal if you want...

By Nancy Szokan  |  April 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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A Most Unusual Lunch: Placenta

I received an attention-grabbing e-mail the other day -- one that took me a while to, er, digest. It came from a lively online Web site called MomLogic, where people write all kinds of parenting tips and information. This particular bit of information was about one mother's experience eating the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood , Women's Health  
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