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The Checkup: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Is that right? One A Day Menopause Formula

Having had a hot flash or two by now, I'm ever on the alert for information about easing such symptoms of menopause. So when I recently saw an ad for One A Day Menopause Formula, naturally I wanted to know more. Can a daily dietary supplement really, as the product...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Women's Health  
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The most-fattening foods, and fattest people, in the land

According to a recent assessment by "Health", chances are your state's most famous food has become popular for reasons other than its nutritional value. Take, for instance, Maryland's Smith Island cake, the state's official dessert. Here's what "Health" has to say about that delicacy: In 2008, the Old Line State...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Freezing eggs to have babies later gets a boost

More and more women are delaying starting families so they can focus on their education, careers or meet Mr. Right. As a result, more and more women are trying to have children when they are older, when it is often much more difficult or even too late. That has led...

By Rob Stein  |  June 30, 2010; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Infant health , Motherhood , Pregnancy , Women's Health  
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Natural or not, who needs Gatorade?

The bottle of G-series Gatorade sitting on my desk says the drink's a "natural thirst quencher." It also says it's "For Athletes. For Performance." I'm not here to bash Gatorade. But I am here to say that many people who drink it really don't need it. In short, if you're a performance athlete, yeah, some Gatorade might help keep you hydrated and healthy after a tough workout. But if all you need is to quench your thirst, other options abound.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Happy meal toys under fire

The D.C.-based nutrition watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is not happy about Happy Meal toys. The organization has demanded that McDonald's stop offering toys in its Happy Meals, calling the practice "predatory," and last Thursday put the fast-food chain on notice that it has 30 days...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Childhood obesity , Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Predicting the start of menopause: Would you like to know?

Suppose you knew from an early age how old you'd be when you started menopause? Would you adjust your life plans accordingly? That's the tantalizing question raised by unpublished research presented Monday at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome. Scientists have found...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 27, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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