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The Checkup: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Is that right? Processed food equals bad food

Processed food is bad for you, right? In the midst of the ongoing push to get people to eat more "whole" foods, the term "processed food" has become a catch phrase for all that's evil in the supermarket and convenience store. We use it to denote foods that include dozens...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Do you have a happy place?

One of my yoga friends asked the rest of us over for dinner the other night where our "happy place" was. Having been in therapy before, I knew the term, but it was new to others around the table. (Joel Page/Associated Press) Your "happy place," as its woo-woo name suggests,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Psychology , Yoga  
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Study: Teen hearing loss on the rise

Here's some unnerving news for parents worried that loud music might be damaging their kids' hearing: Hearing loss among teens has increased significantly in the United States, according to a new study.

By Rob Stein  |  August 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Teens  
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A proper fit for your kid's backpack

It's back to school time again, and that means it's time for the annual message about the bad things backpacks can do to your kid's back. I generally tend to brush off such warnings as hysterical. But, honestly, have you looked at your kid's backpack lately? More to the point:...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Health , Kids' health  
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Study: Chocolate protects the heart

We all know that many women love chocolate. But does chocolate, in effect, love them back? Well, a new study provides new evidence that eating chocolate can protect a woman's heart. Chocolate Bread Pudding Murray Middleman of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues studied 31,823 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women,...

By Rob Stein  |  August 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health , Chronic Conditions , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity , Women's Health  
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Junk food cheaper than healthful

This post was updated Aug. 17 at 4:50 p.m. Why are we fat? Here's one reason: It's a lot cheaper to buy junk food than to load your grocery cart with the good stuff. University of Washington researcher Adam Drewnowski and colleagues have published a study showing that, in Washington...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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