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The Checkup: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Is That Right? "Eating organic food just makes sense."

"Eating organic food just makes sense." That's what Safeway says in the section of its Web site devoted to the grocery chain's "O" line of organic foods. But new research casts doubt on that assertion. A study in the September issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reviewed all...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 31, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Alternative Medicine Spending Soars

The amount of money that Americans are shelling out for herbal supplements, meditation, acupuncture and other forms of "alternative" medical care is continuing to skyrocket, according to a new government data out today. Americans spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on "complementary and alternative" or CAM therapies in 2007, according to the...

By Rob Stein  |  July 30, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Yoga  
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FDA Rules Mercury Amalgam Fillings Safe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited final regulation on the use of mercury amalgam for dental fillings issued Tuesday deems the material safe, while at the same time moving the material from the Class I (low risk) medical-device category to Class II (moderate risk). This allows for tighter control...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 29, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins , Family Health , General Health  
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Sarkozy's Cautionary Tale

We still don't know exactly why French President Nicolas Sarkozy fell ill during his jog the other day: Reports say he grew faint, had to lie down and was then taken to the hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation before being released. He's reportedly fine now, with no...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Sobering Salads

The other evening my daughter came home after dining out with a group of friends. When I asked what she had for dinner, she reported, a hint of virtue in her tone, that she'd had a salad. A buffalo chicken salad. Oh, dear. Was it time to have The...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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How Much Does Obesity Cost?

Here, from the Weight of the Nation conference underway today in D.C., is new fodder for the debate as to whether being obese really compromises one's health: A study published online today estimates the cost of treating obesity-related ailments in 2008 at $147 billion. The study, which compared medical costs...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 27, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Policy , Obesity  
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Why Are We Fat?

This blog will take a bit longer to read than most -- if you take time, that is, to read this article from the July 20 issue of The New Yorker in its entirety. In it, Elizabeth Kolbert explores various theories as to why Americans are so fat. Is our...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Obesity  
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