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The Checkup: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Hand-Washing How-To

The Scrub Club site puts a creative spin on teaching children how to wash their hands. (Courtesy of Scrubclub.org) My husband and I have always been real sticklers for hand-washing: Nobody eats in our household till they've scrubbed up. With the threat of swine flu, I've ramped up the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Influenza  
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PSA Testing Gets A Boost

An important doctors' group is breaking with other leading medical experts and continuing to recommend PSA testing for prostate cancer. Not only that, the group is actually lowering the age at which it recommends men start getting the test. PSA testing has become one of the most controversial issues in...

By Rob Stein  |  April 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Cancer  
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Keeping One Eye on Food-Borne Illness

Let's take a break from worrying about swine flu -- and worry about food safety instead. First, for the record: Pork apparently remains safe to eat. Here's this from the World Health Organization's swine flu information sheet: Is it safe to eat pork and pork products? Yes. Swine influenza has...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health , Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Take the Daily Diet-Planning Challenge!

Remember a few weeks back when I asked a dietitian to come up with a day's worth of meals that provided all the recommended nutrients within a reasonable number of calories -- without resorting to a multivitamin or other supplement? That was a big fat cop-out on my part. I...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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How Are You Preparing for Swine Flu?

By Justin Jouvenal Swine flu has yet to show up in the D.C. area, but hospitals and government officials are gearing up for the possibility. Maryland has opened a swine flu command center in Baltimore, Children's National Medical Center is closely monitoring reports of outbreaks, and Howard University Hospital officials...

By Amy Adkins  |  April 27, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Influenza  
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Swine Flu Update

Okay, let's take a deep breath. As alarming as it might sound to hear that the federal government has declared the swine flu outbreak "a public health emergency," it's important, as this article notes, to keep in mind that that declaration is a procedural one that simply helps us better...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For Kids with Eczema, a Simple Solution

Relief may be as close as the laundry room for kids who suffer from the painful and itchy skin condition known as atopic dermatitis or eczema. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have found that the best treatment for the chronic skin condition, which affects an estimated 17...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Family Health , General Health  
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