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The Checkup: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

A Fatal Blow for HRT?

Postmenopausal women on combined estrogen/progestin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are at increased risk of getting and dying from lung cancer, according to research published in the British medical journal The Lancet. The discovery adds to the already long list of risks associated with HRT and bolsters the case against its...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 19, 2009; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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Is That Right? High-Fiber Cereals Taste Better These Days

Want a fiber-filled breakfast cereal that also happens to taste delicious? Get thee to Costco for a box of Kirkland Signature Spiced Pecan cereal. That's the only one of 18 high-fiber cereals evaluated by Consumer Reports to earn the rank of "Excellent" from the magazine's team of tasters. The Spiced...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Gene Therapy For Colorblindness?

Scientists say they have used gene therapy to enable colorblind monkeys to see red and green, possibly opening the door to curing colorblindness in people. Jay Neitz of the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues injected gene-carrying viruses into the retinas of two male squirrel monkeys, which are...

By Rob Stein  |  September 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Disabilities , Family Health , General Health  
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Will Down Syndrome Disappear?

From left to right: Brian Skotko, Kristin Skotko, Allison Hanselman. (By Brian Skotko) What would the world be like if there were no more people with Down syndrome? That's the unsettling and provocative question posed by Brian Skotko in an article published online, ahead of the print edition, in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Family Health , Motherhood  
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Patrick Swayze and Pancreatic Cancer

I join just about everyone everywhere in feeling sad about the death yesterday of actor Patrick Swayze, whose brave and public fight with pancreatic cancer helped raise awareness of this most deadly disease. But feeling sad's not enough. Want to support those who are seeking a cure -- or even...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 15, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Cancer  
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Constipated? Avoid These Foods

By Danielle Svetcov I'm already preparing for the day my daughter is old enough to ask me why (in God's name) I wrote a cookbook entitled The Un-Constipated Gourmet: Secrets to a Moveable Feast - 125 Recipes for the Regularity Challenged. I've got a three-part reply all set to go....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Showered with Pathogens?

Many of us are likely getting a snootful of pathogens when we step into the shower. Norman Pace, a renowned microbiologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder (and recipient of a 2001 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant"), and his team of researchers weren't finding much to get jazzed about as...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 14, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Health  
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Lupus News

No, that's not a typo: There actually has been a flurry of news surrounding lupus lately. If that's surprising, it's because it's been half a century since a new treatment for lupus, an autoimmune disease that can affect various organs, has been developed and approved. Since then the disease, whose...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions  
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