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The Checkup: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Is That Right? Jell-O with Antioxidants

I'm increasingly skeptical of packaged products that trumpet their antioxidant content. As I wrote in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, while much remains unknown about antioxidants and the role they may play in keeping us healthy, the term "antioxidant" appears on more food packages all the time....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Will Men Get Gardasil?

The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to approve Gardasil for men. But the question is: Will men be willing to get a vaccine for mostly altruistic reasons? A new study raises questions about that. The vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection....

By Rob Stein  |  June 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cancer , Family Health , Vaccinations , Women's Health  
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Do Kids Follow Parents' Dietary Habits? Maybe Not So Much.

When I wrote last year about the fact that my modeling healthful eating and exercise behaviors didn't seem to be making much of an impression on my kids, then ages 14 and 11, I didn't find much in the parenting literature to back me up. But a new study in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Learning to Love Leaf Lettuce

Although leaf lettuce contains more nutrients, the Huget family prefers iceberg lettuce (above). (Photo by Getty Images) When Mom becomes a nutrition columnist, it doesn't necessarily follow that the whole family will fall into lockstep with her new ideas about healthful eating. My husband, daughter (age 15) and son...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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What Not to Do with a Dead Bat

(AP Photo/Mike Groll) One thing you definitely should not do if you find a dead bat is to put it in a jar and take it to your kids' school. Yet that's exactly what one Montana parent decided to do last fall when the family cat brought home a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Vaccinations  
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