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The Checkup: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Is that right? Coconut water is "nature's sports drink"?

Is coconut water really such a great "sports drink"? I've been doing some Bikram yoga lately -- the "hot" yoga that's practiced for 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees. One thing you want to be sure of when you do Bikram is to be well hydrated before...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Yoga  
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The chicken nugget challenge

(AP Photo/Larry Crowe) If you think chicken nuggets make a healthful meal for your kids, you might want to think again. In a report released Tuesday, Consumer Reports analyzes 14 brands of nuggets -- including two soy-based varieties -- for taste, nutrition content and price. Not surprisingly, none earned...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 6, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Has the recession affected abortion?

The proportion of poor women getting abortions has jumped sharply, according to a new report. The percentage of women getting abortions who have incomes below the federal poverty line increased from 27 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2008--an increase of almost 60 percent, according to the new analysis...

By Rob Stein  |  May 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Abortion , Women's Health  | Tags: Abortion, Guttmacher Institute, Reproductive health  
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When kids want to eat junk

It's so much easier to feed kids healthfully when they're little and you're in charge of everything they eat. You breastfeed, then offer them the most nutritious foods you can make or find. Then the outside world intrudes, and suddenly nothing is simple any more. The first casualty in our...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , Me Minus 10 , Motherhood , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Prevention , Teens  
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'Lbs.' looks food addiction in the face

(Courtesy of Matthew Bonifacio) You want to know what it's like to be addicted to food? Watch this movie called "Lbs." "Lbs." is about a guy named Neil Perota, who, at 27, lives at home with his Brooklyn-Italian folks. His mom likes to cook, and Neil loves to eat....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Obesity  
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