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The Checkup: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Is that right? People swallow Benadryl skin gel?

Oh, dear. The FDA reported Wednesday that more than 120 cases of people ingesting Benadryl Extra Strength Itch-Stopping Gel occurred between 2001 and 2009. The agency has issued a warning that drinking the gel can cause serious problems, from loss of consciousness to hallucinations. Benadryl maker Johnson & Johnson has...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Is That Right?  
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Health news nuggets

I'm trying something new in The Checkup today: A roundup of the latest health and nutrition news. Let me know if you like this enough for me to do it, say, once a week, by voting in today's poll. First Lady fleshes out anti-obesity plan Michelle Obama unveiled a comprehensive...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Vitamin D's dangers

Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately because of lots of research indicating that many Americans may be suffering from deficiencies of the "sunshine vitamin" and that could be associated with all sort of health problems. Well, there's some cautionary new research that suggests that taking vitamin...

By Rob Stein  |  May 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Take up yoga, give up meat?

I have been practicing yoga seriously for many years alongside a core group of fellow practitioners at a small neighborhood studio. I know these people's kids' names and what cars they drive. But I couldn't begin to tell you which of them, if any, is a vegetarian. Ours is admittedly...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Vegetarianism , Yoga  
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Former first lady crusades for better mental-health care

(Courtesy of Rosalynn Carter) At age 82, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter could be taking life easy. Instead, she's still hard at work on the campaign of her lifetime: She wants to see people with mental illnesses treated better, in both the medical and general sense of the word...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Health Policy , Mental Health , Psychology  
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