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The Checkup: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Is that right? Oregano has more antioxidants than spinach?

"Just half a teaspoon of dried oregano has as many antioxidants as 3 cups of spinach." That quote, attributed to dietitian Wendy Bazilian, appears in an article about "The World's Healthiest Diet" in the March issue of Ladies' Home Journal. The diet in question is of the Mediterranean variety, which...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Jimmie Heuga changed thinking on MS and exercise

Olympic bronze medalist Jimmie Heuga, left, and Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd in December 2009 at Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Getty Images) In 1964, Jimmie Heuga became one of the first two Americans -- along with Billy Kidd -- to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing. In 1970, at...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Multiple Sclerosis , Neurological disorders  
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Born to age?

Are some people just born to age faster than others? A new study suggests that might be the case. Nilesh Samani of the University of Leicester in Britain and colleagues analyzed more than 500,000 variations in nearly 3,000 people's genes and found that those with a certain variation near a...

By Rob Stein  |  February 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Aging  
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Michelle Obama's obesity plan, in the Nick of time

The nutrition world is all atwitter over First Lady Michelle Obama's new campaign to combat child obesity. It's a major effort and her pet topic. But it's always hard to judge whether ambitious programs such as the one she spelled out today will seep sufficiently into Americans' day-to-day lives to...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 9, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Gallbladder surgery deaths rare

Rep. John Murtha served 19 terms in congress. (Melina Mara-The Washington Post) U.S. Rep. John Murtha's death yesterday from complications following gallbladder surgery he had in January was a very rare occurrence. According to the American College of Surgeons, among generally healthy people undergoing such surgery, deaths occur in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 9, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health , Hospitals , Medical Technology , Popular Procedures  
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The autism/diet connection

Last week the British medical journal The Lancet formally, and finally, retracted a study it had published in 1998 that loosely linked the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine to the development of autism. The science behind that study was found to be shoddy, and the researcher has been accused of ethical breaches. Moreover,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Autism , Chronic Conditions , Family Health , Neurological disorders  
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Study: Soda drinkers at increased risk of pancreatic cancer

A study published today in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention finds that people who drink two caloric soft drinks a week have nearly double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer when compared to those who drink less. The research tracked 60,524 men and women in the Singapore Chinese...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 8, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cancer , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Snow safety tips

Like everyone else in the D.C. area, Pam Peeke is focused on riding out Snowmaggedon. Speaking to me by cell phone from her frigid, power-lacking home in Bethesda, Peeke, a health and fitness expert, author of Fit to Live and host of Discovery health TV's series Could You Survive?, was...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 7, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health  
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