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The Checkup: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Is that right? New feminine product balances pH?

Is that right? New feminine product balances pH?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Women's Health  
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Forgiving nuns may reap rewards

The Benedictine nuns who responded to the loss of one of their sisters in a collision between their car and another driven by an allegedly intoxicated driver by forgiving the driver surely did so out of the goodness of their hearts and devotion to their faith. But the nuns may...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Prevention , Psychology  
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Vitamins fail another test

The supposed benefits of vitamins have suffered another blow. In this case it's B vitamins, which do not appear to protect stroke patients from subsequent heart attacks or strokes, according to the biggest, best study to examine the issue. Previous research has suggested that people with elevated levels of an...

By Rob Stein  |  August 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Prevention , Strokes , Vitamins  
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Obesity epidemic rages on, CDC says

The nation's obesity epidemic continues to worsen despite intensive efforts to try to get Americans to slim down, according to a new federal report analyzing obesity rates on a state level that was released Tuesday.

By Rob Stein  |  August 3, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Obesity  
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Consumer Reports on supplement safety

A new Consumer Reports review reported here Tuesday explains that many dietary supplements may actually pose health risks. Supplements are only lightly regulated by the FDA, and Consumer Reports finds plenty of potential for their containing dangerous ingredients. Consumer Reports identified a dozen such ingredients to watch out for, along...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Fun facts about women's "freaky & fabulous" bodies

Ladies, did you know that sleeping on your chest can alter the shape of your breasts over time? I did not -- until I read "What the Yuck?!," a book, published Tuesday by the folks at Health Magazine and Health.com, that tells "the freaky and fabulous truth about your body."...

By Jennifer Huget  |  August 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Women's Health  
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Planning a home birth? Read this first.

An editorial published Friday in the British medical journal The Lancet argues that women have every right to give birth at home -- but only if they've done their homework. Citing several health organizations' stances on the risks of home births versus hospital delivery and the limited research comparing the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Health Policy , Motherhood , Pregnancy , Women's Health  
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