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The Checkup: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Is That Right? Silk Soy Product Lowers Cholesterol

Silk Soymilk is in the process of launching a new product called Silk Heart Health; you can read about it on the Silk Web site. The beverage carton notes that the product is "Clinically shown to reduce cholesterol 7%." Hmmm. That sounds like a drug claim to me -- the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Sour Economy Hits Health

There's more evidence out this week that the recession is having an impact on people's health. Two new surveys from major doctors' groups indicate that people are cutting back on things that will help keep them healthy and putting off seeing a doctor if they do get sick. In March,...

By Rob Stein  |  May 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health , Health Policy , Medical Technology , Nutrition and Fitness , Prevention , The Business of Health  
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Weigh in on Plus-Size Yoga Classes

Kay Adcock, left, and Paula Leonardo, right, stretch along with yoga instructor Joy Anandi at the Rice Diet Program in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati) A story in last week's New York Times drew attention to yoga classes designed specifically -- and solely -- for overweight and obese...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Women's Health  
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Life's Big Questions: What Should My Stool Look Like?

In ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system, one seeks to balance one's doshas, or basic life energies, to achieve physical and psychological health. A good way to determine whether those doshas -- known as vata, pitta and kapha -- are out of balance is to look carefully at what you...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , General Health , Life's Big Questions , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Learning to Love the Female Condom

When it comes to creating condoms, the folks who make 'em for men have it easy. Male condoms are the essence of simplicity and require little in the way of engineering -- or imagination. By contrast, when the people at The Female Health Company in Chicago set out to make...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AIDS , Family Health , General Health , Prevention , Teens , Women's Health  
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