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The Checkup: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Is That Right? Maalox Total Relief ingredient is safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week issued a safety announcement that cautioned consumers to be careful when choosing which Maalox product to use. The boxes and product names are similar, but the contents in some cases are very different. The FDA noted five instances of "serious medication errors"...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Happiness and heart health

To ward off heart disease, you might want to lose weight. Quit smoking. Manage your cholesterol and blood pressure. And maybe you should stop being such a sourpuss. Researchers led by Karina Davidson at Columbia University Medical Center analyzed 10 years of data about 1,739 healthy adults who participated in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 17, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , General Health , Psychology , Stress  | Tags: don't worry be happy, happiness and heart health, mood and heart health, positive affect good for your heart  
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Do IVF babies grow up healthy?

One of the nagging questions hanging over modern infertility treatments is whether IVF babies grow up as healthy as babies conceived the old-fashioned way. A new study indicates that for the most part they seem to, although it does raise a couple of concerns. Doctors make babies through IVF-- in-vitro...

By Rob Stein  |  February 17, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Chronic Conditions , Mental Health , Motherhood , Psychology , Women's Health  
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Aspirin may help save breast cancer patients

Aspirin may offer a powerful way to help breast cancer patients survive the disease, according to a large new study. An analysis of data collected from 4,164 breast cancer patients participating in the well-known, highly respected Nurses' Health Study found that those who took aspirin regularly were about half as...

By Rob Stein  |  February 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cancer , Women's Health  
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Emergency food

For a time after 9/11, I made sure I had on hand plenty of canned beans, tuna, corn, fruit and other nutritious foods (and a can opener!) my family could count on should another act of terrorism render us housebound. I kept a store of bottled water and lots of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Snowmageddon  
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Bored to death?

The first few hours of being stuck inside without heat or power as a blizzard rages outside can be kind of exhilarating. You find ingenious ways to occupy yourself, enjoy leisure-time activities such as playing cards or reading that too often you lack the leisure time to do. But at...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , General Health  
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