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The Checkup: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Is That Right? Vinegar Can Come From Petroleum

Lending new meaning to the concept of oil and vinegar, print ads for Heinz Distilled White Vinegar ("the all natural choice for food") raise the alarming-sounding notion that vinegar "can come from petroleum." Disgusting, right? The ad features a brown-shaded image of oil derricks alongside a bright and cheery photo...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Brain Exercises Can Delay Dementia

There's new evidence that exercising one's brain with mental activities can help keep dementia at bay. Charles Hall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and colleagues studied 488 people ages 75 to 85 who did not have dementia when the study began. The subjects reported how...

By Rob Stein  |  August 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia  
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Kids Should Get Moving -- But With Supervision

Kids who sit around a lot -- especially in front of television and computer screens -- tend to have higher blood pressure than their more active peers, whether they're chubby or thin. That's what one new study shows. And kids in school gym classes are getting injured much more frequently...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Jennifer & Julia

One of the easiest ways I know of to add Vitamin C, fiber and a bunch of other healthful nutrients to my family's diet is to use onions in just about every dinner I cook. The pungent bulbs, members of the allium family, provide a dose of fiber, an even...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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The Truth about Blue M&Ms

Surely you've read the headlines: "Blue M&Ms 'Mend Spinal Injuries'" "Blue M&Ms May Reduce Spinal Injuries" "Can Blue M&Ms Cure Paralysis?" (The Washington Post) Most of us hardly need an excuse to eat M&Ms, blue or otherwise. But mending or reducing spinal injuries and curing paralysis should not be among...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Health  
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