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The Checkup: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Is That Right? Cranberry Raisinets rich with antioxidants?

Those new Cranberry Raisinets sure sound as though they'd be good for you. Nestle's press release announcing the new product's launch this summer called the chocolate-covered cranberries a "better-for-you indulgence rich with natural fruit antioxidants." "Cranberries," the press release continues, are "the most popular of the superfruits" and "combine exceptional...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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More fodder for the fat-but-healthy debate

One of the most divisive and emotional debates regarding obesity is whether being fat automatically equals being unhealthy. While many experts point to mounds of evidence linking excess weight to such life-shortening conditions as cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, others argue that those conditions aren't necessarily caused by...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Cancer , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Prevention  
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Cat catches swine flu

Does the swine flu pandemic pose a threat to your pet? Yes, according to a report out today from the American Veterinary Medical Association. A cat in Iowa has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, state officials confirmed this morning, "marking the first time a cat has been diagnosed with...

By Rob Stein  |  November 4, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Influenza  
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Sneezes spread paranoia

During these days of swine flu fears, common sneezes and coughs are spreading more than just colds and the flu. They're spreading paranoia, according to new research. University of Michigan psychologist Spike Lee and colleagues decided to test whether people's fears of sneezes and coughs spilled over into other areas....

By Rob Stein  |  November 4, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Health Policy , Influenza , Mental Health , Psychology , Vaccinations  
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Milk from nuts, beans or udders -- which does your body best?

If you opt for soy milk or almond milk instead of cow's milk, are you getting comparable nutrition value to what moo juice delivers? This week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column looks at the ongoing controversy surrounding cows' milk: Is the white stuff an essential, nutrition-packed building block of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Teen girls and risky sex

It's tempting to assume that teenage girls who have unprotected sex at an early age do so because they're hot to trot, in a hurry and ill-informed. But new research suggests things are much more complicated than that. Reporting in the November issue of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh researchers found...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Sex , Teens , Women's Health  
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