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The Checkup: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Nourishing Gifts for Mom

Sunday is Mother's Day. (You knew that, right?) Many of us will likely bestow cards and flowers on our moms to show our gratitude and love. But if your mother is into health and nutrition, you might want to get creative and cater to those interests. It's not too late...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood , Women's Health  
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Older Moms Linked to Longer Lives

If a woman in your family gave birth naturally relatively late in life, that may bode well for longevity running in the family, according to new research. Previous studies have found that women who remain fertile into their 40s and 50s tend to live longer than other women. The new...

By Rob Stein  |  May 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health , Motherhood  
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Proton-Pump Inhibitors and Plavix Don't Mix

Research presented today at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas adds to the evidence that proton-pump inhibitors (a class of heartburn-fighting drugs better known as PPIs) interfere with the anti-clotting drug Plavix, making it less effective in preventing heart attacks, strokes and other...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 6, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , General Health , Popular Procedures  
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Inept Health Reporting? Blame the PR People!

We rank-and-file journalists are a beleaguered bunch these days. So it's nice when someone -- anyone -- leaps to our defense. But a new study exploring the role of institutional press releases in shaping media coverage of health studies, though it seems at first to exonerate journalists for sloppy news...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Health  
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Nuttin's Better than Nut Butters

In today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about a group of women who survived cancer and recently ran a half marathon, team leader Dr. Pamela Peeke told me that on race day the women got a big energy boost from eating peanut butter spread on a whole-wheat pita. I'm...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Do Plus-Size Clothes for Teens Endorse Obesity?

The news that Target and Forever 21 are launching lines of plus-size clothes for teens has ruffled some emotions. Some argue that providing Size 30 or 2XL clothing for young women is akin to telling them it's fine to be fat. Others say young women of all sizes and shapes...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Teens , Women's Health  
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