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The Checkup: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Is That Right? Frosted Mini-Wheats Keep Kids "Full and Focused"

(Reuters/Rick Wilking) Ads for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats promise that kids who tank up on these fiber-rich cereals will be "full and focused" in preparation for the school day. Turns out that "full and focused" claim is what's left after the Federal Trade Commission in April made Kellogg stop saying...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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How Much Weight Should Pregnant Women Gain?

The National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine released new guidelines today for how much weight women should gain during pregnancy. And the biggest change in the guidelines--the first revision since 1990--is that they for the first time include specific recommendations for obese women. The addition is a nod to...

By Rob Stein  |  May 28, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Motherhood , Obesity , Women's Health  
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Mysterious Missing Fingerprints

Here's something that sounds like it could come straight out of a James Bond movie: A man trying to get through customs in New York was detained for hours because his fingerprints disappeared. In a letter published online yesterday by the Annals of Oncology, Eng-Huat Tan of the National Cancer...

By Rob Stein  |  May 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cancer , Family Health , General Health  
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Keeping Kids Safe Around Exercise Equipment

None of us knows the exact circumstances surrounding 4-year-old Exodus Tyson's death yesterday: As was widely reported, the child, daughter of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, somehow became entangled in a cord attached to a treadmill and was strangled. As many have noted, Exodus Tyson's death is a reminder...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 27, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health  
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Going to School Sick

Yesterday's story about Stefanie Zaner, an 18-year-old Montgomery County high-school senior who's closing in on a school-career-long perfect attendance record, raised some compelling issues. First, let me say this: I applaud Zaner for her tenacity and dedication. And I especially appreciate that, according to the article, her achievement didn't depend...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Family Health , Teens  
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My Own Mayonnaise

My mayonnaise, ready to use and then store in the fridge. (Photo by Sophie Huget) Mayonnaise is one of the most maligned of foods. Because it's made with egg, it's been branded as too high in cholesterol for anyone's good. And because it's also made with oil, it's been...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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