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The Checkup: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Do neti pots promote sinus health?

Ever since Dr. Oz showed Oprah how to use a neti pot in 2007, the devices have been the darlings of the nasal-irrigation world. Used for eons by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, neti pots are small, teapot-shaped vessels from which one empties saline solution (warm water with a bit of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , General Health , Is That Right? , Popular Procedures , Yoga  
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The skinny on diet drinks

Readers of my "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column and this blog will remember that I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners, which I think taste yucky and, in some instances, give me a headache. So I was interested to read this roundup in the Journal of the American...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Does Tamiflu work?

A new analysis is questioning the value of the widely used antiviral drug Tamiflu for treating the flu. Chris Del Mar of Bond University in Australia led a team of researchers that updated the widely respected Cochrane Collaboration's 2005 evaluation of the effectiveness of Tamiflu and other so-called neuraminidase inhibitors...

By Rob Stein  |  December 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Health Policy , Influenza  
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Resolution No. 1: doing good while staying well

One of the Washington Post's MisFits, Lenny Bernstein, is guest-blogging for Jennifer Huget today: Have you run, walked, cycled, swum, danced, aerobicized or bowled for dollars this year? I don't mean for yourself, of course. I mean for others who need the money a lot more. If you have, you're...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Coming out at midlife

Meredith Baxter, of the 1980s television series "Family Ties," recently revealed that she is a lesbian. (AP) Actress Meredith Baxter revealed recently that she is a lesbian. Her news was news only because Baxter had so fully established an image of perfectly happy wife-hood in her role as the...

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