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The Checkup: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Is that Right? Loud music ruined baby boomers' hearing?

After years of being told that the loud music we listened to in our youth would make us deaf, we baby boomers can take comfort in a new study that provides evidence that Led Zeppelin didn't permanently damage our eardrums after all. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Aging , Chronic Conditions , General Health , Is That Right? , Seniors , Teens  
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Tuning in to teen pregnancy

Teen pregnancies are on the rise for the first time in a decade. Could TV be partly to blame? A new report on the increased incidence of pregnancy among teenagers comes at a time when TV viewers have ample opportunity to watch shows about pregnant teens. Some shows, such as...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Motherhood , Sex , Teens , Women's Health  
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Chemicals linked to fertility problems

A new study is raising fresh concerns about chemicals long used as flame retardant on carpet padding, furniture, computers and other products commonly found in homes and offices. The chemicals are called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. They are being phased out in new products. But they are still found...

By Rob Stein  |  January 27, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins , Motherhood , Women's Health  
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Popular restaurants, sans calorie listings

One way restaurants could avoid state and federal legislators' requiring them to post nutrition information on menus would be to go ahead and post the numbers on their own. Many restaurants already do make calorie counts, fat and sodium contents and other key nutrition facts readily available to customers, if...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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"Poop" dermatitis on the rise

The P.R. office that sent out a release containing the term "poop' dermatitis" in the headline sure knew how to catch my attention. I suppose I do have a penchant for writing about, er, the process of elimination. The release announced the publication in the February issue of the journal...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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