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The Checkup: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Me Minus 10 -- plus friends!

I'll be taking next week off (to look at colleges with my kid -- gulp!). But The Checkup will continue in my absence. In addition to Rob's Wednesday posting, I've invited some fascinating people to write about various aspects of weight management, from getting your dog in on the action...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger , Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  | Tags: Weight Loss  
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Is that right? KFC Double Down sandwich is "the vilest food product created by man"?

Have you read what they're saying about KFC's new Double Down sandwich? You know, the one that uses two fried chicken breasts in place of a bun, with bacon and cheese stuck in between? "The Vilest Food Product Created by Man" "Angina on a plate" "Potentially lethal" I'm in no...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Family Health , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Young Americans getting fat faster

Celebrity chef and healthful eating activist Jamie Oliver has made research suggesting that today's children may be the first generation ever to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents a pillar of his Food Revolution. Wait till he gets a load of the latest. A new study from the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cancer , Cardiovascular Health , Chronic Conditions , Diabetes , Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , School Nutrition  
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Is David after Dentist okay?

YouTube sensation David DeVore (Youtube.com) Okay, I'll bite. I've refrained for all these months from jumping on the David After Dentist bandwagon. But today I couldn't hold back any longer. What was this hyperdontia that sent the seven-year-old boy to the dentist in the first place? And was young...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 7, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dental Health , General Health , Social Media  
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Prescription for doctors: Sit down

A new study suggest one very easy way doctors could make their patients feel better: Sit down next to them instead of standing over them in their hospital beds. University of Kansas researchers studied 120 patients who were recovering from spine surgery. When their doctors stopped by their beds to...

By Rob Stein  |  April 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health , Psychology  
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For youthful appearance, snake oil or sex?

When I interviewed Michael Aziz for this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about whether lack of sleep leads to obesity, he mentioned that having sex can help you sleep better. That better sleep might in turn help regulate key hormones that govern your weight, arming you against obesity....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Obesity , Sex , Sleep , Stress  
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Swallowing cinnamon by the spoonful

We've been hearing a lot lately about the health benefits spices can offer; they're potent sources of antioxidants, and adding them to foods can boost nutrition without adding calories. But adding spices to foods is one thing. Trying to swallow them by the teaspoonful is another -- and, let me...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Life's Big Questions , Teens  
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