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The Checkup: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Is that right? Child's autism raises parents' divorce risk?

You may have heard that parents of kids with an autism spectrum disorder -- ASD -- have an 80-percent divorce rate. That number's been tossed around a lot, adding an extra level of apprehension to the already stressful experience of a child's being diagnosed with a worrisome disorder. But it...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Autism , Chronic Conditions , Family Health , Is That Right? , Neurological disorders  
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Really fattening restaurant food

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Of course I knew that my favorite guilty-pleasure food, the Five Guys cheeseburger, wasn't exactly health food. But thanks to a new list of extremely fattening restaurant foods released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, I have to face facts: Five Guys delivers one...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 27, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Are allergies linked to depression?

Do allergies play a role in depression? A new study suggests that depressed people who are allergic to pollen are more likely to experience a worsening of their symptoms during allergy season. Partam Manalai of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and colleagues studied 100 volunteers who...

By Rob Stein  |  May 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Asthma , Mental Health  
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Getting real about food choices

As a nutrition columnist, I'm probably more aware of the need to make healthful food choices than a lot of folks out there. But does that mean I always choose wisely? Of course not. My food choices are sometimes guided by whim or circumstance or convenience, by what I'm craving...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 25, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Birds not wild about organic food

If you're convinced that organically grown food is better than conventionally grown, consider this: Given a choice, birds prefer the conventional stuff. A study conducted at Newcastle University in Great Britain and published last week in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture showed that, when allowed enough...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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