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The Checkup: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

What's on Your July 4 Menu?

(By Julia Ewan -- The Washington Post) Some holidays make you choose between sticking to healthful eating habits and indulging in traditional favorite foods. I usually try to strike a balance at, say, Thanksgiving time, eating mostly healthful stuff but allowing myself enough treats that I don't feel deprived....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Is IQ Linked to Longevity?

Contrary to previous research, a new study out today finds that people with lower IQs are not necessarily more likely to die prematurely. Previous studies have found low IQ to be associated with a greater risk of dying young. To try to examine that more closely, Tomas Hemmingsson of the...

By Rob Stein  |  July 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  General Health , Mental Health  
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Suicide Warnings Required for Anti-Smoking Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is requiring the smoking-cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban to carry the strongest type of safety warning possible to alert patients that the medications can cause serious mental health problems, including depression and suicide. The agency said it took the action requiring...

By Rob Stein  |  July 1, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mental Health , Psychology , Smoking  
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Acetaminophen Worries

The Food and Drug Administration is pondering what to do about the wildly popular painkiller in Tylenol, Excedrin, Vicodin, Percocet and many other commonly used drugs to treat aches and pains and alleviate fevers. That's after an FDA panel called for sweeping changes yesterday at the conclusion of a a...

By Rob Stein  |  July 1, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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Peter Tork's Cancer, In His Own Words

(Photo: Ivan Iannoli) My blog last week about musician Peter Tork's taking his current battle with a rare form of cancer to the pages of Facebook drew passionate responses from readers, many of whom thought I'd been unfair to Mr. Tork. So I invited Tork (my favorite former Monkee)...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Cancer  
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A Simple Vinaigrette, Two Ways

Julia Child's classic vinaigrette calls for stirring shallots with mustard and salt before adding liquid ingredients. (Photo by Charlie Huget) When you buy a bag of Cheetos, you know just what to do with it: Rip it open and devour the DayGlo-colored contents. But it's harder for some of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Paying Girls Not to Get Pregnant

With the recent rise in teen pregnancy, it's clear that efforts to get young people to either abstain from sex or use birth control are falling short. Any ideas as to how to fix the problem are welcome, so it's not surprising that a program that aims to get girls...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Family Health , Teens , Women's Health  
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