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The Checkup: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Is That Right? Onions and garlic fight swine flu?

Soldiers serving the small former Soviet country Moldova are being fed extra garlic and onions in hopes that those foods will help fend off swine flu. Is that really likely to help keep them healthy? The Associated Press reports that 24 out of 6,500 Moldovan soldiers have come down with...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Influenza , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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That lingering cough

Don't think I don't see you glaring at me. Yes, those are my kids, coughing up a storm. And, yes, if they were your kids, I'd be glaring at you. I wish I could hang big signs around my son's and daughter's necks saying "No longer contagious -- we think."...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Influenza  
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The dangers of walking and talking

Remember the old joke about walking and chewing gum at the same time? Well, there's new evidence out today about what might be the modern equivalent: Walking and talking on a cell phone. And it's no laughing matter. Researchers at the University of Illinois studied 36 college students as they...

By Rob Stein  |  November 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia , Family Health , Prevention , Seniors  
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When your teen is overweight

Is your teenage kid overweight? If so, you're not alone (though sometimes it probably feels as though you are). Federal statistics show that nearly a third of American children and teens are overweight or obese. I've been learning a lot about how to help overweight kids get to a healthy...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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For "Glee," a wheelchair misstep?

Fox Broadcasting Company's breakout hit show "Glee" tackled a tough issue in the episode aired last Wednesday evening: Is it possible for able-bodied high-school kids to really understand what life is like for a kid in a wheelchair? Left to right: Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Disabilities  
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