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The Checkup: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Is that Right? Facebook disses dairy?

I enjoy reading the e-mails I receive from the Center for Consumer Freedom, a group that rails against regulation and taxation and argues that consumers should be left to make their own decisions about what they put in their mouths. One of the Center's chief bugaboos, for instance, is the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Is your kid fazed by sexting?

When I was 11 years old, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with my heartthrob/idol David Cassidy and featured a nude photo of him on its cover. The photo was cropped to stop just a hair -- and I mean that literally -- above Cassidy's groin. I was mortified, horrified,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Sex , Teens  
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H1N1 reveals weaknesses, report concludes

The swine flu pandemic may turn out to be less severe than many had feared, but the H1N1 virus has revealed disturbing weaknesses in the nation's defenses against public health emergencies, according to a new report. The report, released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health, a private non-profit think...

By Rob Stein  |  December 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls , General Health , Health Policy , Hospitals , Influenza , Vaccinations  
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Amid holiday stress, take a minute to stretch

Vicky Hallett, one of the Post's MisFit columnists, is The Checkup's guest blogger today. 'Fess up: The only time you broke a sweat in the last few weeks involved rushing toward a buffet table. But while it's understandable that your holiday schedule has kept you from focusing on fitness, that...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger , Nutrition and Fitness , Stress , Yoga  
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Hard of hearing for the holidays

If your dad seems a bit standoffish or withdrawn at your holiday gatherings this year, or if your great aunt keeps asking people to quit mumbling and repeat themselves, they may not be persnickety. Those behaviors can be signs of hearing loss. That was the message I got in a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Aging , Chronic Conditions , Disabilities  
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