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The Checkup: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Is that right? Buying KFC buckets fights breast cancer?

I try to keep an open mind, but my brain is just boggled by the Buckets for the Cure partnership between KFC and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Help make the largest single donation to end breast cancer forever," the campaign urges. The suggestion is that KFC will donate...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Cancer , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , The Business of Health , Women's Health  
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Added sugar = added cardio risk

Sodium has been hogging the spotlight lately: On Tuesday the Institute of Medicine issued its report on strategies to reduce American sodium consumption, and a week earlier, General Mills announced it would cut the sodium content in many of its products by 20 percent by 2015. Now it's sugar's turn....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , General Health , Health Policy , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Big study questions 'brain training'

Millions of people spend lots of time and money on computer games that supposedly will make them smarter. But a big new study is questioning the value of these so-called "brain training" games. In the largest study of its kind, Adrian Owen of the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain...

By Rob Stein  |  April 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Alzheimers/Dementia , Mental Health , Neurological disorders , Psychology , Seniors  
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Study: Indoor tanning may be addictive

Before they swap their sweaters for sundresses this Spring, some young people head to the tanning booths to get golden brown skin first. But Monday, researchers reported in the Archives of Dermatology that as many as a third of young people who use indoor tanning facilities may be addicted to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 20, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Sifting through diet advice

When did it become so hard to know what to eat? Probably about the time people started advising others as to what makes for a healthful diet. My experience thus far with trying to lose 10 pounds has opened my eyes to how unskilled I am at managing my own...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Sorry, ladies: Viagra for women still a fantasy

Yesterday afternoon Google listed 162 news stories about a recently published study regarding female sexual response. Many of the headlines noted that Viagra for women may be "coming soon." Not so fast. The way I read it, the study made clear that our understanding of women's sexual arousal -- and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Sex , Women's Health  
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