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The Checkup: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Is that right? What is 'extra-virgin' olive oil?

There's no way of knowing what that term, or others on olive-oil containers, really mean. But all that will change in October when new standards for grading and labeling olive oil go into effect.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Texting while driving, a medical matter?

(By Richard A. Lipski -- Washington Post) We're accustomed to our physicians quizzing us at our annual checkups (we all get those, right?) about our alcohol, drug and tobacco use, whether we wear sunscreen and buckle our seat belts. Should the doc also ask whether we use our cell...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  General Health , Prevention  
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Bad news for short people

Short people are at greater risk for heart disease than tall people, according to a new study. Tuula Paajanen of the University of Tampere in Finland analyzed 52 studies involving more than 3 million people and found that short adults were about 1.5 times as likely to develop heart disease...

By Rob Stein  |  June 9, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health  
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Me Minus 10 and the Mediterranean diet

I am pretty well convinced that the Mediterranean diet is good for your health and particularly for your heart. And I know its components -- from fish and fiber-rich vegetables and nuts to olive oil and wine -- are delicious, particularly when enjoyed in the company of friends and family....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Boys, guard your 'family jewels'

It's hard enough being a teenage boy (not to mention the mom of one!) without having to worry about this: A recent survey of urologists conducted at MSNBC's behest calls attention to the painful phenomenon in which boys hit each other in the groin. Of 100 urologists polled, 30 percent...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  General Health , Teens  
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