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The Checkup: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Is That Right? Wal-Mart shoppers save $$$ on healthful foods?

A current Wal-Mart TV commercial says that people who spend $100 a week at leading national supermarkets on frequently purchased groceries can save $55 [added 1/1/10: a month] by shopping at Wal-Mart instead. Though there are various versions of the ad, the one I've been seeing lately focuses on Wal-Mart's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Canadian official has heart surgery -- in the U.S.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams (AP) What to make of reports that Canadian official Danny Williams opted to have his heart surgery in the U.S. instead of in his homeland? Williams, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, apparently needed surgery on a leaky heart valve, a problem discovered when...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Health Policy  
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IVF babies at risk for stillbirths?

Women who get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be much more likely to have stillbirths, according to a new study released Wednesday. The study, published by the journal Human Reproduction, involved 20,166 Dutch women who became pregnant for the first time with one fetus. That total included 16,525 who...

By Rob Stein  |  February 24, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Medical Technology , Motherhood , Women's Health  
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For weight loss, plunge right in or take time to plan?

So, you've decided to lose weight. If you're like most Americans, that's probably a good idea; more than two-thirds of us are overweight or obese. But just deciding to lose weight, while an excellent first step, is exactly that: Just the first step. Now you need to figure out how...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Wake-up call on food-choking risks

I was sad when my grandmother died some 30 years ago. But she was up in years and had lived a full life. The funeral home handling her arrangements was also handling those for a teenager who had died, I was told, having choked on a hot dog. That death...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 22, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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Poligrip to go zinc-free

In light of a number of lawsuits in which denture users claim they've been harmed by the zinc in their denture adhesive, GlaxoSmithKline has pledged to remove the mineral from its Poligrip products -- even as the company maintains that its product is safe when used as directed. Zinc is...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins , General Health , Seniors  
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