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The Checkup: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Hold the salt on that turkey

When you're reaching for the salt shaker during your Thanksgiving feast, here's a new piece of research you might want to keep in mind: Eating a lot of salt increases your risk for strokes and heart disease, according to a new analysis coming out Wednesday. There's been a long debate...

By Rob Stein  |  November 25, 2009; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Family Health , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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For weight control, consider a smaller plate

We all fret about managing our weight during the holidays. But keeping our waistlines in check throughout this festive, food-filled season -- and beyond -- could be as simple as swapping our gigantic 21st-century dinner plates for the dainty 9-inch versions of yore. That's the premise of The 9-Inch "Diet"...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 24, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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A better way to give CPR?

Would you be more willing to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to a stranger if you could skip the mouth-to-mouth part? New research presented last week at the American Heart Association's Resuscitation Symposium shows that would be just fine. In fact, performing the rapid, deep chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breathing may...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , General Health  
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