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The Checkup: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Is that right? McDonald's real fruit smoothies

As this blog has noted time and again, the world is chock full of beverages whose manufacturers claim they provide several servings of fruit or are packed with powerful antioxidants, both offered as signs that the drink at hand is really good for you. Usually we end up poking holes...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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ESPN's sickening stadium-food scorecard

ESPN reviewed health department inspection reports for the 107 North American stadiums and arenas at which major league sporting events were held in 2009 and found.... well, a lot of yucky stuff.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls , Nutrition and Fitness  
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What's the key to happiness? Middle age, study says

Many people look forward with dread to their 50th birthday. That, of course, is when we officially become middle-aged. But some recent research has uncovered something that might be surprising about middle-aged people: They're actually happier.

By Rob Stein  |  July 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Aging , Mental Health , Psychology  
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What puts you to sleep?

Sleep-deprived readers of my "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column will be sorry to read this week that my quest for a list of foods that can help you sleep better left me empty-handed. Turns out there's not good scientific evidence to support any food's ability to induce sleepiness. But...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 27, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  General Health , Sleep  
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Keeping food safe when the power goes out

When people lost power during last winter's Snowmageddon (which, according to this, was forecast last JULY) they could salvage some of the food in their fridges and freezers by sticking it in a trash bag and burying it in a snowbank. But that's not an option during this heat-wave-induced power...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 26, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health , Food Safety and Recalls  
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Local drownings highlight need for water-safety lessons

The sad news of last Thursday's swimming-pool drowning of a Prince George's County boy and his uncle serves as a sobering reminder that the only way to keep kids -- and adults -- safe around water is to teach them basic swimming skills.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Family Health , Injury prevention , Kids' health , Teens  
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