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The Checkup: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Is That Right? Pistachios are lowest-calorie, lowest-fat nut?

You can't blame the folks who sell pistachios for trying hard to boost the nuts' image. The recalls of pistachios potentially contaminated with salmonella earlier this year surely put a big dent in both sales and the nuts' reputation. But the new ad campaign for Wonderful Pistachios may be relying...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Flu and you -- Tell us your stories

Anxiously awaiting my kids' turn to be vaccinated against H1N1 influenza, I've been reading every bit of flu news I can find. Of course, it's mostly the big numbers and worst cases that make the news. But anecdotal evidence -- stories from friends whose kids have fallen ill--suggests that this...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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In pain? Look at photos of your children

Are you facing a painful medical procedure? If you're looking for a way to help deaden the pain, you might think about taking along a photo of your husband or wife, according to new research. A study involving 25 women found that those who looked at photos of loved ones...

By Rob Stein  |  October 28, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mental Health , Psychology  
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Do we really need front-of-package nutrition labels?

I confess: I'm one of those obnoxious people who creates a menu for the entire week's meals, then shops just for what's on the list. My trips to the grocery store are less about shopping than about simply buying. So maybe I'm not the target audience for the front-of-package nutrition...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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For food labels, first calories, now carbon footprints?

Folks who balk at requirements that restaurants post nutrition data on their menus are going to love this idea: In addition to providing information about calories and fat content, how about an assessment of the food's impact on the environment? As Friday's New York Times reported, Sweden is experimenting with...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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