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The Checkup: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Is That Right? E-cigarettes are "the healthier alternative to smoking"?

The other day an ad for the SmartSmoker electronic cigarette landed in my inbox. Its text, which surrounded an image of a glamorous woman savoring a smoke, called the e-cigarette "a smart New Year's resolution" and declared the product "the healthier alternative to smoking." My first thought was that just...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Cancer , Smoking  
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New evidence against cell-phone/brain tumor link

A short article published online this afternoon in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that during the 5 to 10 years after cell-phone use burgeoned among adults in four Northern European countries, no notable change in brain-tumor incidence occurred. A suspicion that cell-phone use may cause brain cancer...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 3, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Cancer  
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Dirty birds

There's good news and bad news about chicken this week. Consumer Reports on Monday released the results of its latest survey of fresh, whole broiler chickens and the potentially deadly contaminants they harbor....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls , Nutrition and Fitness  
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More worrisome mammogram news

There's more cautionary news about mammograms: Young women at high risk for breast cancer actually may be increasing their chances of contracting the disease by getting annual mammograms, according to a new analysis. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a federally appointed panel of experts, set off a huge debate...

By Rob Stein  |  December 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cancer , Prevention , Women's Health  
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Rx for Stress: La-Z-Boy

"The vast majority of doctors (96 percent) agree that sitting at home in a reclining position promotes relaxation." That's the latest from the folks at La-Z-Boy, makers of -- you got it -- reclining chairs. The company's new "Take Time to Recline" campaign, featuring spokesperson Dr. Dave David, centers on...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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Rx: Take health news with a grain of salt

It would be nice to think that you could trust journalists to deliver the straight scoop when it comes to covering health news. But sometimes we don't. Sometimes we exaggerate good news, presenting a new drug as having more capacity to cure than it really does. Other times we overemphasize...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Health  
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