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The Checkup: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Is That Right? Evian Water "Supports Your Body's Youth"

I love Evian water's new on-line ad: Love it? Yes. Understand it? Not quite. Evian reportedly chose to feature skating, break-dancing babies for its new Live Young campaign to represent purity, health and youth, attributes long used to promote the brand. The ad follows (by 11 years) another Evian ad...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Beware Antibiotics for Ear Infections

Here's something to keep in mind the next time your child has an ear infection and you're tempted to ask the doctor for some antibiotics: A new study found that kids who took antibiotics to treat acute ear infections appeared to be more likely to end up having more ear...

By Rob Stein  |  July 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood  
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For Suicide, Why Wednesday?

What is it about Wednesday? Intriguing new research shows that Wednesday is the day of the week on which most suicides occur. That contradicts earlier, long-standing findings that Monday was the most common day for people to commit suicide. The study looked at data about suicides nationwide among people over...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Psychology  
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Veggie Tales

Since taking up yoga a few years ago, I've pondered whether I should become a vegetarian. Many yogis are vegetarians, partly because killing animals violates the yogic principle of ahimsa, or noninjury. Yogis also tend to be pretty health-conscious and tuned in to the benefits a vegetarian diet can offer,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Sickening Sand

When I go to the beach, I worry about sunburns, riptides and how I look in my bathing suit. Now, I guess I also have to worry about getting sick. A study published online last month but only now making the news suggests that people who play in the sand...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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