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The Checkup: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

FDA investigates diabetes drug's safety

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it was reviewing data about the diabetes drug Actos because of concerns that it may increase the risk for bladder cancer.

By Rob Stein  | September 17, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Diabetes, FDA  
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Katherine Schwarzenegger, Katie Couric on parents and self-esteem

When it comes to diet and exercise, there's a fine line between parents' setting a good example for their daughters and pressuring them to follow your lead. That's the upshot of Katherine Schwarzenegger's chat this morning with Katie Couric and parental influence on their kids' self esteem. Fair enough. But I wish somebody could tell me where that fine line is.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 17, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Teens, Women's Health  
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Is that right? HFCS is simply 'corn sugar'?

Just when we'd got used to getting our mouths around the highly syllabic term "high fructose corn syrup," the people who make the sweet stuff want to make life simpler for all of us by renaming HFCS "corn sugar."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Health News, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Stem cell research funding called vital

Funding for human embryonic stem cells research was the focus of a congressional hearing Thursday. The future of the funding has been in question since a federal judge last month issued a temporary injunction barring the NIH from supporting the research.

By Rob Stein  | September 16, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  stem cells  
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Another study discounts autism/thimerosal link

Something seems to have shifted in the world of autism. There was a time when a study finding no link between the mercury-based preservative thimerosal (used in the MMR, or measles/mumps/rubella, vaccine) and autism would have raised an uproar from activists who insist such a link exists. But when the journal Pediatrics published on Monday a study that found no increased risk of autism among babies who'd been exposed prenatally or in the first 20 months of life to ethylmercury from vaccines, it was met with a general shrug.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Autism, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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Salahi aside, being thin's not a typical MS symptom

So maybe Michaele Salahi's extreme thinitude is in fact related to her having multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Who knows? But the official word from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is that of all the many and varied symptoms, from tingling and numbness to vision loss and paralysis, that can result from MS, being underweight is not a typical one.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 15, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Multiple Sclerosis  
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New sex education data released

The federal government released some interesting new information Wednesday about sex education in the United States. The information comes from face-to-face interviews with nearly 2,700 teenagers between 2006 and 2008. The survey found that an overwhelming majority of teenagers ages 15 to 19 receive formal sex education before they turn...

By Rob Stein  | September 15, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kids' health, Pregnancy, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Are you a Type D personality?

Viola Spek of Tiburg University in the Netherlands and colleagues analyzed 49 studies involved 6,121 people and found that heart patients with Type D personality -- people who experience strong negative emotions -- were about three times as likely as other people to have cardiovascular problems, such as a heart attack or needing an angioplasty, bypass surgery or heart transplant.

By Rob Stein  | September 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Psychology  
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The NFL, nutrition, and kids

Ideally, we'd all learn to feed ourselves well and get all the exercise we need when we're children and then carry those skills with us throughout our lives. Alas, as today's childhood obesity statistics sadly demonstrate, too few kids seem to be getting off to the best start in terms of diet and physical activity.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Can the government get us to eat our veggies?

I've been thinking a lot over the past few days about the CDC's report showing that American adults' consumption of fruits and vegetables falls way below the modest goals set forth in the Healthy People 2010 initiative -- despite that initiative's efforts to encourage more of us to eat those foods.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  General Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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