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The Checkup: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

NIH resumes stem cell funding

The National Institutes of Health announced Friday that it has resumed funding human embryonic stem cell research. The announcement came in response to a ruling Thursday by a federal appeals court temporarily lifting a temporary injunction that had been issued by a federal judge barring the funding. Here's the NIH...

By Rob Stein  | September 10, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Stem cells  
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Is that right? Bed bug fixes not covered by insurance?

When I blogged last Friday about bed bug infestations and how hard it is to safely combat the little critters, a reader offered this comment (to read it in full, click the link to the blog and scroll down to the fifth comment):

Did you know that bed bug infestations are NOT covered by ANY property insurance; Renters, Homeowners, etc. The cost of treating bed bugs and the resulting loss of furnishings, clothing, rugs, etc., plus hotel time is akin to a fire.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Is That Right?  
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Appeals court lifts ban on stem cell funding

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted a request from the Justice Department to stay an injunction issued Aug. 23 blocking the funding. In a major victory for supporters of the research, the court said the Obama administration could resume funding the research pending a full appeal of the case.

By Rob Stein  | September 9, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Stem cells  
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A better way to dry

As cold and flu season approaches, we'll be hearing this message over and over again: To stay healthy, be sure to wash your hands a lot. But what we don't hear so often is the rest of that story: To best prevent the spread of germs, you also need to DRY your hands.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health, General Health, Infectious Disease, Influenza, Kids' health  
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Is shedding pounds dangerous?

Can making pounds melt away actually pose some health risks? Well, a new study provides some provocative evidence suggesting that it might. Duk Hee-Lee of Kyungpook National University in South Korea and colleagues studied data collected by federal health officials about 1,099 U.S. adults about their weight loss and blood...

By Rob Stein  | September 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, General Health, Obesity  
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Federal judge denies motion to lift stem cell funding block

A federal judge Tuesday denied a motion to lift an injunction he issued two weeks ago barring the government from funding research involving human embryonic stem cells. U.S. Chief District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District of Columbia rejected a request by the Obama administration to lift the temporary...

By Rob Stein  | September 7, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Stem cells  
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Smoking rate decline stalls

The nation's battle against smoking appears to have stalled, according to new federal statistics released in two reports Tuesday.

By Rob Stein  | September 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Smoking  
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Speak up for better nutrition

What health- and nutrition-related issues are on your mind this election season? What do you intend to do about them?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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In gauging own weight, many of us are clueless

Are you obese, overweight, of normal weight -- or perhaps morbidly obese? Apparently many of us have no clue.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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