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The Checkup: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Is That Right? Alli Weight-Loss Drug is Safe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced August 24 that it's reviewing cases of liver injury among people using the weight-loss drug orlistat, found in the prescription drug Xenical and the over-the-counter product Alli. The FDA says it received 32 reports of serious liver injury among patients using those drugs...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Prostate Cancer Screening's Toll

One of the most controversial issues in men's health is whether a blood test commonly used to screen for prostate cancer is being overused. Well, there's new evidence out this week that the test has led to a lot of men getting unnecessary treatment. The test, known as the prostate-specific...

By Rob Stein  |  September 3, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Cancer , Medical Technology  
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When Your Dog Dies

Jennifer Huget with her dog Ripley. (David Roberts for The Washington Post) Okay, I know I'm not the Washington Post's resident expert on the death of beloved dogs. But having had one poor Jack Russell Terrier puppy die after he was hit by a car 20 years ago, and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Going Gluten-Free

Having an autoimmune disease that makes your body unable to digest certain common foods is not anyone's idea of a good time. But as I note in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, being diagnosed with celiac disease often comes as a relief to people who have suffered...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Kids, Weight and Body Image

Research posted last Wednesday in the online journal BMC Public Health reports that when 4,254 Canadian kids ages 10 and 11 were asked to indicate how much they agreed with the simple statement "I like the way I look," 7.3 percent of the girls and 7.8 percent of the boys...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 31, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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