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The Checkup: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Is That Right? Juicy Juice for Brain Development

The other day I blogged about the FDA's nabbing General Mills for inappropriately printing specific health claims (the kind reserved for drugs) on Cheerios boxes. I'm not the only observer who felt that, while the FDA was certainly within its rights to call out the cereal maker for not playing...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Prevention , The Business of Health  
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Does Acupuncture Help Your Back?

Lots of people swear by acupuncture for all sorts of things, including relieving back aches. Well, there's an interesting new study out this week that raises some provocative questions about how well acupuncture really works. Daniel Cherkin of the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle and his colleagues...

By Rob Stein  |  May 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
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The FDA, Making the World Safe -- From Cheerios

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Of the countless things the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could be doing to help make the nation's food supply safer, here's one issue the agency recently chose to focus on. The FDA a week ago issued a warning to the folks who make...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Here Comes the Sun. And the Sunscreen.

If I were really rich, I would fund huge, well-designed studies, free of ideological or academic bias and commercial concerns, that would get to the bottom of the big health issues of the day. One of the first research projects I'd tackle would tell us once and for all how...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Cancer , Family Health , General Health  
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Plus-Size Clothes, continued...

If it were up to readers of The Checkup, stores would offer plenty of flattering clothes in larger sizes so plus-size teens could step out in style. The poll in last week's blog had 93 percent of 1,175 voters weighing in in favor of making such clothing available for young...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  General Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Teens , The Business of Health , Women's Health  
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