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The Checkup: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Campaign promises bullied young gay people: 'It Gets Better'

On September 23, sex-advice columnist Dan Savage launched the "It Gets Better" campaign, which features videos of men and women talking about their experiences as gay people and promising that no matter how awful the viewer might be feeling right now, there is hope, and there is help. The videos are posted on YouTube.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 1, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Prevention, Psychology, Sex, Teens  
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U.S. apologizes for 1940s syphilis inoculation experiment in Guatemala

The United States issued an unusual apology Friday to Guatemala for an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which prisoners, mental patients and soldiers were deliberately infected with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhea. Here's the statement issued jointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human...

By Rob Stein  | October 1, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Is That Right? Ben & Jerry's isn't "all natural" after all

We can all breathe easier now: Ben & Jerry's announced this week that it will stop labeling its ice cream "all natural."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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ADHD may have genetic underpinnings

Compelling new research shows that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- ADHD -- may not, as many believe, be purely a social, dietary or disciplinary phenomenon. Reporting in the British medical journal The Lancet, scientists at Cardiff University in Wales found that people with certain genetic makeups may be more likely to have the disorder.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 30, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  ADHD  
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Greg Giraldo's death highlights prescription abuse problem

The abuse of prescription drugs has been on the rise in the U.S. for the past few years, particularly among teenagers. It's a particularly troubling problem in that we parents might be taking part, unwittingly, in making these often-addictive drugs available to our kids.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 30, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Drug Abuse, Teens  
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Why you should care about paid sick leave

A report being released at a Congressional hearing later this morning by the D.C.-based Restaurant Opportunities Centers United ("a national restaurant workers' organization, comprised of restaurant worker organizations across the country," according to its Web site) says, among other key findings from its survey of more than 4,000 restaurant workers nationwide, that "nearly 90% of workers said they did not receive paid sick days. As a result, two thirds of respondents said they had worked while sick in the previous year, preparing, cooking and serving food."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health, Health Policy, Infectious Disease, Influenza, The Business of Health, Workplace health  
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FDA: Sleep positioning devices dangerous for babies

The federal government is warning parents against using devices designed to keep their babies sleeping on their backs, saying they can actually increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome instead of preventing it.

By Rob Stein  | September 29, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FDA, Infant health, Injury prevention, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Sleep  
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Court lets stem cell funding continue

A federal appeals courts Tuesday ruled that the federal government can continue funding human embryonic stem cell research pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's new policies on the controversial field of science. The decision stays a temporary injunction issued on Aug. 23 by Chief Judge Royce...

By Rob Stein  | September 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Stem cells  
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FDA cracks down on mouthwash

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday issued warning letters to three companies that manufacture and market mouth rinse products with claims that they remove plaque above the gum line or "promote healthy gums."

By Rob Stein  | September 28, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dental Health, Dentistry, FDA, Family Health  
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Progress reported in treating AIDS

There's some encouraging news out about the fight against AIDS worldwide. The number of people who got access to treatment for the AIDS virus rose to 5.2 million in 2009, according to a new report from the United Nations. That's a increase of more than 1.2 million from 2008, the...

By Rob Stein  | September 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AIDS  
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Aack! Has comic-strip 'Cathy' shaped your body image?

Born in 1960, I came of age at a peculiar moment in the history of women and their regard for their own bodies. In 1974, the TV show "Rhoda" debuted (the main character having spun off from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). And in 1976, the groundbreaking "Cathy" comic strip first appeared. The common denominator? Both featured women who weren't happy with their bodies and resorted to a brand of self-deprecating humor to help deal with that discomfort.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Women's Health  
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Parents and their overweight children

A recent estimate by an international group of economics-watchers projects that fully three-quarters of Americans will be obese in 2020. Because the obesity crisis looms so large, all kinds of initiatives are underway to help combat it. In the meantime, parents of overweight and obese children are left to figure out how best to help their children navigate through life.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 27, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting, Teens  
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