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The Checkup: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Give the gift of quiet music

It's Christmas Eve, and I know many of you have lots of shopping, baking and wrapping to do. So I'll keep it short today with just a single message: If you're giving anyone (especially a kid or teenager) an electronic music-playing device tomorrow, take a moment before you wrap it...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Teens  
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How H1N1 kills

Brazilian doctors have found new clues to how the H1N1 virus kills its victims. While the swine flu causes either no disease or relatively mild illness in most people, it can be deadly. It has taken an unusually heavy toll on children and young adults, who are usually largely spared...

By Rob Stein  |  December 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health , Influenza  
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Should Santa slim down?

(The Washington Post) Here's a topic about which I'm confident The Checkup readers will have opinions: According to this recent Washington Post article, there's a move afoot to urge Santa to slim down. Not only is the jolly old elf too chubby for his own good, skinny-Santa advocates argue,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Pregnancy, volleyball and a teen-aged girl

The high-school volleyball season may be over in Fort Worth, Texas, but a controversy swirling around the sport there continues. According to news reports, Mackenzie McCollum, a 17-year-old star player, was barred from playing when her coaches and school administrators learned she was pregnant. They wanted a letter from her...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  General Health , Teens , Women's Health  
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