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The Checkup: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Cutting Calories Might Extend Life -- For Monkeys, At Least

Cutting way back on calories may make for longer life. So suggests a study of rhesus monkeys published today in the journal Science. The new research shows that fewer rhesus monkeys who ate a calorie-restricted diet had died in a 20-year period than those whose diets weren't restricted (only 50...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 10, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Chronic Conditions , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Is That Right? Fruit2day: A New Way to Eat Fruit

Is downing a Fruit2day fruit drink really the same as eating two servings of fruit? Close, but not quite. Four flavors of Fruit2day were introduced in the U.S. in May after having gained a following in Europe. The bottles, shaped like two round pieces of fruit stacked one atop the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Celiac Disease Increases Sharply

Celiac disease, an immune system disorder that causes people to react to gluten in their diet, has increased dramatically in the past half-century, according to new research. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. People with Celiac disease get severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation and other...

By Rob Stein  |  July 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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Do Food Safety Fixes Miss the Mark?

A working group created by President Obama to recommend ways to fix the nation's faltering food-safety system yesterday released proposals for ensuring eggs contaminated with salmonella don't make their way into consumers' hands. The guidelines are a long time coming; they've been kicking around for at least a decade now,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls  
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Weighty Thoughts

How many times a day do you think about your weight? I believe there are people out there who can honestly say they never, or at least rarely, think about how much they weigh. I have several friends whose weight doesn't seem to fluctuate, who appear to eat when they're...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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The Fat of the Land

Lordy, we're fat. The annual state-of-our-waistlines report issued last week by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation mapped out the nation's obesity situation, state by state. It's not a pretty picture. Only in one state, Colorado, are fewer than 1 in 5 adults obese. In...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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