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The Checkup: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

Is That Right? New Lunchables Are 'Wholesome'

You've got to hand it to the folks at Kraft. They are pretty darned crafty. The company's recently added a new line of Lunchables to its repertoire. Earlier incarnations of the packaged-lunch products have often been cited as poor choices for kids' lunches because of all the calories, fat and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Does Infection Boost Prostate Cancer Risk?

Scientists have more evidence that a common sexually transmitted infection may increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer. Previous research has suggested that an infection known as trichomoniasis might increase the risk for prostate cancer, which is the second most common cancer and cause of cancer death among men. In...

By Rob Stein  |  September 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cancer  
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In Praise of Thunder Thighs

All my life I've bemoaned the (large) size of my thighs. But new research has given me reason to appreciate my big legs: According to a study published last week in the on-line journal bmj.com, men and women with small thighs face a higher risk of having heart disease and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Health  
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What's for (School) Lunch?

(Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) This week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about school lunches encourages parents who are concerned about what their kids are eating at school to go see and taste for themselves. The experience might be reassuring -- or eye-opening. If you can't carve out...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 8, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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The Inside Scoop on Michelle Obama's Arms

Among today's important health-news stories, from swine flu to health-care reform, there's one item that's muscling its way to the top: Women's Health magazine has revealed Michelle Obama's secrets for sculpting sleek arms. While many -- including MisFits columnist Vicky Hallett -- have speculated as to what kind of workout...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 8, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Prostate Cancer Caused By a Virus?

Researchers reporting online in yesterday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences think prostate cancer may be related to a virus. Scientists at Columbia University and the University of Utah have determined that a virus that's already known to cause certain other cancers in animals is present in human prostate...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cancer , General Health  
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