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The Checkup: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Is that right? Milk makes hair shiny?

I have to confess, I think this new Mootopia ad from the California Milk Processor Board is hilarious. But it takes more than humor to pass muster in the land of "Is That Right?" Right? The ad -- which airs only in California but is available on line and, starting...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Health , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Underage drinking abounds

It's generally agreed that drinking alcohol -- in moderation, of course -- can help keep you healthy. As I write in today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, for instance, recent research suggests that moderate drinking can confer cardiovascular benefits. But only if you're an adult. Kids who drink alcohol...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Teens  
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Is smiling the fountain of youth?

The old saying goes: Smile and the world smiles with you. Well, according to new research, smile and you may give yourself more time in this world as well. Ernest Abel and Michael Krug of Wayne State University examined 230 photographs of 230 professional baseball players from the 1952 Baseball...

By Rob Stein  |  March 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aging , Psychology  
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Easter Bunny may save your life

Just in time for those chocolate Easter eggs, a big new study offers yet more evidence that chocolate is not only good, but also good for you. A growing body of evidence has been accumulating that cocoa and chocolate may have a variety of health benefits, especially for the heart....

By Rob Stein  |  March 30, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Stress, lack of willpower bust the best intentions

When it comes to trying to make our lifestyles more healthful, most of us mean well. But sometimes life just gets in the way. A poll of more than 2,000 American adults conducted by the American Psychological Association in March found that just over half had resolved at New Year's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Psychology  
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Diabetes raises cancer-surgery death

People with diabetes are at substantially greater risk of dying after undergoing cancer surgery, research released this morning shows. In a meta-analysis of existing studies, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that people with diabetes are 50 percent more likely to die after cancer surgery than diabetes-free patients are. The...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cancer , Diabetes  
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Multiple forms of MS?

One of the many puzzling and infuriating aspects of multiple sclerosis is that the disease follows such different courses in different people. On top of that, people's responses to the handful of drugs that can slow the progress of MS vary widely. Some patients find their symptoms diminish quickly once...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 28, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Multiple Sclerosis  
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