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

Is That Right? Better-for-you fruit drinks?

The current anti-soda climate, coupled with consumers' clamoring for health-enhancing foods, has created a market for fortified fruit juices. On the face of things, these drinks look like nutrition powerhouses, with labels that claim they deliver some substantial portion of your daily fruit needs or provide a whopping dose of...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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What's the big deal about breast-milk cheese?

Much as I love a pun, I plan to distinguish myself from the other bloggers who have written in the past few days about the New York City chef who made cheese from his wife's breast milk by refraining from using terms such as keeping "abreast" of the news. I...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Family Health , Food Safety and Recalls , Infectious Disease , Motherhood , Nutrition and Fitness , Women's Health  
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Maintaining a sex life

Here's another reason to try to stay healthy: It extends your sex life as you age, according to a new study. Stacy Tessler Lindau and Natalia Gavrilova of the University of Chicago analyzed data about health and sexual activity collected by two nationally representative surveys. The surveys involved 3,032 adults...

By Rob Stein  |  March 10, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Aging , General Health , Seniors , Sex , Women's Health  
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Do kidney donors die younger?

With the chronic shortage of kidneys for transplantation, more and more people are turning to family members, friends or other living donors. In fact, the number of live donor kidney transplants in the United States has nearly doubled over the last 15 years--from about 3,000 to nearly 6,000. But the...

By Rob Stein  |  March 9, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Organ Transplants  
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Investing in weight loss

A reader commenting on my Me Minus 10 column a couple of weeks ago suggested that my talk of frequent yoga class-taking and treadmill running smacked of an insular lifestyle and reflected my sizable salary. The comment made me think about the personal economics of weight management. Because, strange as...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Women who drink more gain less weight

(Reuters) A study released this afternoon shows that women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol gain less weight than abstainers do. Research published in today's Archives of Internal Medicine examined nearly 13 years' data from the Women's Health Study for 19,220 U.S. women aged 39 and older. All the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 8, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Read, then discuss: Happy people cut the chit-chat

Add to the long list of factors that may affect your overall happiness and well-being: Your ratio of idle chatter to deep and meaningful conversation. A study in the March issue of Psychological Science shows that folks who tend to engage in substantial conversations more than in shallow chatter also...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health  
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