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The Checkup: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Is That Right? 7-Up "Antioxidant"

The copy advertising new Cherry 7-Up Antioxidant says, "There's never been a more delicious way to cherry pick your antioxidant." That's antioxidant, singular. The drink's Web site calls the product a "healthy boost" whose "splash of antioxidant" will "help you through your day." The antioxidant at hand is Vitamin E,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Pregnant Women and the Flu

There's some intriguing new evidence out today offering pregnant women yet another reason to try to avoid getting the H1N1 "swine flu." A new study suggests that babies born to mothers exposed to the subtype of flu virus causing the swine flu pandemic may be at risk for health problems...

By Rob Stein  |  October 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Influenza , Motherhood  
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Mid-Life Obesity Predicts Women's Later Health Woes

Women, want to enjoy good health in your golden years? Lose weight. Now. A study published online last night in the British Medical Journal shows that women who are overweight in midlife are at increased risk of various health problems, from chronic diseases to cognitive impairment, once they pass age...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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My Son Ate Raw Hamburger: Now What?

A few weeks ago, my family and I were at a fair. My son went off to get some lunch and came back with a half-eaten burger, of which he kindly offered me a bite. I took one look and recoiled: The meat inside was bright pink, clearly not cooked...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls , General Health  
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Does Routine Bilirubin Screening Make for Healthier Babies?

A government-sponsored task force has determined that there's not enough evidence to suggest that the benefits of routinely screening newborns for elevated levels of bilirubin outweigh the potential risks or that routine screening leads to better health for babies across the board. Bilirubin screening tests (evaluating skin or blood samples)...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health , Neurological disorders  
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