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The Checkup: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

To your health!

Is it possible to incorporate cocktails into a healthful lifestyle? That's the question I explore in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column. The short answer is that each of us should review alcohol's potential risks and benefits in light of our own physical condition and health history when...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 31, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Nutrition and Fitness  
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When is a placebo not a placebo?

When you hear the word "placebo," you usually think of a phony medicine or other type of medical care that makes people think they are getting real treatment when they aren't. But can a "placebo" actually help someone get better? The answer, according to a new study, appears to be...

By Rob Stein  |  December 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Chronic Conditions , General Health  
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Ginkgo suffers another blow

There's more evidence out today that Ginkgo biloba is useless for protecting the brain despite claims to the contrary. The herbal remedy is heavily promoted and widely used as a way to stave off mental decline. But attempts to verify those claims with carefully conducted studies have failed to confirm...

By Rob Stein  |  December 29, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Aging , Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Neurological disorders , Seniors  
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Resolve to watch out for health fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to help consumers recognize and avoid being taken in by products bearing fraudulent health claims. To that end, it has produced a snazzy video to teach us what to look for. The video alerts us to commonly misrepresented products, such as bogus cancer...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health , The Business of Health  
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Do you care who advertises where?

Should we judge companies by, well, the company they keep? The Parents Television Council thinks we should. The PTC has issued its annual list of companies that advertise the most on TV shows it deems family-unfriendly and those that place ads on more family-appropriate programs. The organization notes that advertising...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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