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The Checkup: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Is That Right? Mini-Wheats have double the fiber of Cheerios?

When my family saw the current ad for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats the other night, we all guffawed. The commercial depicts what I guess is a boxing match between a great big Mini-Wheat and a tiny little Honey-Nut Cheerio. The message: Mini-Wheats have "more than double the fiber and whole grain...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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When the handwriting on the wall spells autism

A new and very small study shows that kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to have worse handwriting than their non-ASD peers. Of 14 kids with ASD and 14 without who were asked to complete a standardized handwriting test, those with ASD specifically had trouble forming letter shapes correctly....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  General Health , Neurological disorders  
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Which diet makes you happy?

In the ongoing debate about which diet is the best, here's a question you may not have heard before: Which diet is most likely to make you happy? A new study, surprisingly, indicates that when it comes to elevating your mood, not all diets are created equal....

By Rob Stein  |  November 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Health , Mental Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Psychology , Women's Health  
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O, for a stick of sugary gum!

Among the interesting things I learned while reporting this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about chewing gum's role in weight management was that those of us who prefer traditional sugar-sweetened gum to sugar-free are in the minority -- and, for the most part, out of luck. Gilbert Leveille,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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H1N1 vaccine: One big confusing mess

There are plenty of reasons to get upset about the H1N1 influenza situation. Over-optimistic projections of vaccine supply have given way to acknowledgements that by the time the vaccine is widely available, this wave of H1N1 infection may well be over. There have been scary reports about otherwise-healthy kids and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Family Health , Influenza , Neurological disorders , Vaccinations  
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