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The Checkup: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Do abortions cause depression?

Teenagers who have abortions do not appear to be at increased risk for depression or low self-esteem, according to the first nationally representative study to examine the issue. Jocelyn T. Warren of Oregon State University and her colleagues analyzed data collected from 289 teenage girls who reported having at least...

By Rob Stein  | September 24, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Abortion, Kids' health, Mental Health, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Psychology, Reproductive Health, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Is that right? Mott's Medleys are magic

The peppy mom played by actress Marcia Cross in the TV ads for Mott's Medleys juices asserts that "Sometimes getting kids to eat the way they should requires a little magic from Mom."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Is That Right?, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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CDC: One in five sexually active gay urban men has HIV

One in five gay men in the United States has HIV, and almost half of those who carry the virus are unaware that they are infected, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday.

By Darryl Fears  | September 23, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  AIDS  
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New study questions mammograms

A new study published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed data gathered in Norway between 1996 and 2005 on more than 40,000 women in their 50s and 60s. Regular mammograms reduced the risk of dying from breast cancer by just 10 percent, which is far lower than had been thought,

By Rob Stein  | September 23, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, Medical Technology, Reproductive Health, Women's Health  
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FDA approves first oral drug to modify MS course

The FDA on Wednesday approved the first oral disease-modifying drug for multiple sclerosis, making an appealing new treatment option available to hundreds of thousands of people with a common form of the disease.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorders  
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Bill Clinton, burger-free?

According to recent reports, former President Bill Clinton has shown me up, eschewing not just cheeseburgers but every other meat. In the interest of staying trim and maintaining his post-presidential good health, Clinton, until recently a big fan of burgers and barbecue, now eats mostly plant-based foods and no dairy at all. The only food that separates him from a vegan, it appears, is the occasional serving of fish.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 22, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Vegetarianism  
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Will pharmacists fill 'ella' prescriptions?

Even before a controversial new form of emergency contraception arrives on pharmacy shelves in the United States, opponents have launched a campaign to persuade pharmacists not to fill prescriptions for the drug. The Family Research Council is asking supporters to start lobbying their local pharmacists to refuse to dispense the drug, known as "ella."

By Rob Stein  | September 21, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Abortion, Birth Control, Contraception, Pregnancy, Women's Health  
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Calories: To count, or not to count?

The 80 entries in "What I Eat" are organized according to how many calories each person's daily menu contains. The range is astounding -- from 800 to 12,300 a day -- but most people's tallies hover around 2,000 calories. The book got me wondering how many calories I consume in a day. I don't count them. In fact, I deliberately shunned calorie-counting during my recent weight loss effort.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Could a childhood infection trigger obesity?

Provocative new research published today in the journal Pediatrics adds weight to the growing body of evidence that obesity isn't only a matter of behavior or genetics.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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