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The Checkup: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Toll House Cookie Dough Recall

If you were thinking of making chocolate chip cookies for Father's Day, better plan to make them from scratch. Nestle has issued a recall of ALL of its prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House Cookie Dough products because of potential E. coli contamination. Since March, 66 people have been sickened, and 25...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 19, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health , Food Safety and Recalls  
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Is That Right? One A Day with Selenium and Prostate Cancer

(Photo by Jeff Cronin, Courtesy of CSPI) The food-industry watchdog organization Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has set its sights -- not in a good way -- on Bayer One A Day Men's vitamins for the company's claim that the selenium in those supplements helps protect...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cancer , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Why Are Teen Births Rising?

The recent increase in teen births appears to be primarily the result of a decrease in contraceptive use, especially condoms, according to new research out today. After declining for 14 years, the teen birth rate increased in 2006 and then again in 2007, causing alarm that one of the nation's...

By Rob Stein  |  June 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Motherhood , Teens , Women's Health  
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Lassie Come Om

First, let's get the silliness out of the way: Do dogs in yoga class do downward-facing dog? How about up dog? And do they have to bring their own mats? When I decided to blog on this video about a yoga class for dogs and their companions that's held twice...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Yoga  
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Fighting the Post-Grad 15?

There's plenty of information on the Web and elsewhere about fighting the Freshman 15, those pesky extra pounds that some first-year college students pack on as they adjust to dining-hall food and other exigencies of campus life. But there's not much out there about what happens to folks' eating and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Teens, Adults Take Dim View of Kids with Acne

In commemoration of National Acne Awareness Month, this startling news: Teens with acne are perceived as losers, at least compared to their clear-skinned peers. (Courtesy of PR Newswire.com) In research funded by the acne-med-maker Galderma and sponsored by the American Acne & Rosacea Society, just over 1,000 adults and about...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health , Teens  
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