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The Checkup: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Is that Right? Jenny Craig beats Weight Watchers in "major clinical trial"?

A recent Jenny Craig ad features spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli, not-so-convincingly clad in a white lab coat, claiming that "a major clinical trial" has shown that people on the Jenny Craig program lost twice as much weight as those in "the largest weight loss program." To which the folks at Weight...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , The Business of Health  
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New clothes, swarming with germs

In case you missed this disgusting news: Research conducted at the behest of TV's "Good Morning America" a couple of weeks ago revealed that new, store-bought clothes often are teeming with microbes, some too gross to think about. Dr. Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  General Health  
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Fighting aging

Do omega-3 fatty acids help stave off aging? A new study suggests the answer may be yes. Previous research has shown that heart disease patients who get a lot of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets do better than those who don't. So Ramin Farzaneh-Far of the University of California,...

By Rob Stein  |  January 20, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Aging , Cardiovascular Health  
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DIY dieting

An entire, profitable industry has been built on the notion that people need expert guidance to achieve weight loss. But do we really need all that help? I've been puzzling over this since I watched the TLC reality TV show "One Big Happy Family" (which I write about in this...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Genetic screening: Can we handle the truth?

If genetic testing were to reveal that you were at increased risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, how would you cope with that knowledge? Two news items appearing in my inbox recently made me think hard about the value of blood tests for scary diseases. The University of Michigan...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 18, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia , Cancer , Prevention  
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