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The Checkup: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Is that right? Silly Bandz are bad for kids' health?

Are you a fan of Silly Bandz? Or perhaps you're sick of seeing the colorful, fun-shaped bracelets on the wrists (and arms) of every kid and his cousin these days. Well, some critics have raised the bar on bashing the Bandz, saying they can pose health risks to the kids...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Is That Right? , Kids' health  
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Study: Superstitions pay off

We all know that superstitions are irrational, right? But many of us persist in maintaining behaviors and beliefs that, while they might seem silly to others, give us at least a small sense of security.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Health , Psychology  
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Do doctors rat on each other?

If a doctor knew that a colleague was incompetent, drunk or high on drugs, would they turn them in? A new survey has some disturbing answers to that question. Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of 2,938 doctors practicing in the...

By Rob Stein  |  July 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Bioethics , General Health , Hospitals , The Business of Health  
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FDA panel scrutinizes diabetes drug

There's a lot of attention Tuesday on a special meeting of federal scientific advisers who are meeting outside Washington. The Food and Drug Administration convened the panel for an unusual two-day hearing to help the agency decide whether a controversial diabetes drug should stay on the market. The drug, called...

By Rob Stein  |  July 13, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Diabetes , Health Policy , Obesity  
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Obesity in the news

The big International Congress on Obesity going on this week in Stockholm is generating lots of news. Three studies being presented Tuesday make it clear how daunting the battle against overweight and obesity really is.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Now people who can't bend over can still shave their legs

(Courtesy of Razor Reach) It may look like a nick waiting to happen, but a new product called Razor Reach claims it can help pregnant women and folks with various medical conditions that make it hard or impossible for them to bend over to still shave their legs. Okay,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , General Health , Pregnancy  
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