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The Checkup: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Is that right? Low-carb and low-fat diets equal for weight loss

A study published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a low-carb diet has an edge over a low-fat one for improving cardiovascular health, but either approach can result in similar weight loss. In this (admittedly, by the study's authors) very small study in which participant attrition was...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Chronic Conditions , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Steven Slater and workplace stress

To his admirers, Steven "take this job and shove it" Slater is a modern-day hero, an everyman who channeled the collective frustration of working people everywhere and did something decisive about it. But not all of us are in a position to abruptly exit our jobs via emergency chute, beer...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Stress , Workplace health  
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Superbug on the decline

There's finally some good news in the long battle against "superbugs" -- those germs that have become resistant to treatment. One worrisome bug -- known as MRSA for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus--appears to be in retreat, according to new research. MRSA is a bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics including...

By Rob Stein  |  August 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Hospitals , Infectious Disease  
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H1N1 flu pandemic officially over, WHO says

The H1N1 pandemic has officially ended, the World Health Organization declared Tuesday. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan made the declaration based on the findings of the WHO's Emergency Committee--a group of experts from around the world that has been advising the Geneva-based arm of the United Nations. "The new H1N1 virus...

By Rob Stein  |  August 10, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Infectious Disease , Influenza  
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Readers' school lunch suggestions

I'm turning over today's blog to school lunch suggestions from readers.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , School Nutrition  
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Big waistline, early death?

Research published this afternoon in the Archives of Internal Medicine found a strong correlation between waist circumference and mortality risk. In the study of more than 100,000 men and women ages 50 and up, those with the largest waistlines (47 inches or larger for men, 42 inches or larger for...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 9, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Obesity  
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Report: Kids need to get out more

(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) "Today's kids spend far less time outside than their parents did. For many of them, tweets are not bird calls but 140-character sound bites. Wii, the electronic game, has replaced "wheee!" -- the squeal of delight." That's from a new report issued by the National...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Childhood obesity , Family Health , General Health , Kids' health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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