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The Checkup: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Is that right? Dietary guidelines embrace Mediterranean diet

Bloggers have met the report of the advisory committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 released this week largely with yawns (or derision). Many don't seem too impressed with the document, which calls for Americans to shift toward a more nutrient-dense, plant-based diet and to cut back on sugar,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 18, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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AMA urges sunscreen for everyone, regardless of skin tone

People of all skin colors, including blacks and Hispanics, should wear sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure to reduce their skin-cancer risk. That advice comes from the American Medical Association, which included recommendations for preventing skin cancer among communities of color among new policies adopted at its annual meeting in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cancer , General Health , Health Policy  
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Is moving a lot bad for kids?

Lots of studies show that kids who move a lot tend to have more problems in school and other types of behavioral difficulties. But do those problems last into adulthood? A new study indicates that they do. Shigehiro Oishi of the University of Virginia and colleagues studied 7,108 U.S. adults...

By Rob Stein  |  June 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  General Health , Mental Health , Motherhood , Stress  
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Which comes first, depression or weight gain?

We may never know whether it's the chicken or the egg that came first, but new research has shed some light on another vexing question: Are people who are overweight at increased risk of become depressed, or are depressed people at higher risk of becoming overweight? Researchers have long seen...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Mental Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Fatal strike raises fear of lightning

(Photo Disc) As thunderstorm season gets underway, I will cop to having an irrational fear of lightning. I have bounded down a mountain trail in a thunderstorm, terrified of being struck. I have practically cattle-prodded my kids off the beach at the first sign of a storm. I have...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health  
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