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The Checkup: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?

A group of carrot farmers and a big-name ad agency have teamed up to convince kids that baby carrots are the hip new snack food.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Food labeling, Is That Right?, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting, Psychology, School Nutrition, Teens  
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The frog in the frozen vegetables

According to this report, Marty Hoffman of Grand Ledge, Mich. was preparing a meal for the family dog, who's on a special diet, and opened a store-brand bag of frozen veggies. Imagine her surprise when she found a little frozen frog in there!

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 21, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls  
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An app after your own heart

Peter Bentley, a researcher at University College London, has invented an iPhone application that acts much like a stethoscope. Once you've invoked iStethoscope, you press the phone's microscope against the bare skin of the chest. The sound of the heartbeat within is then audible (best heard if you're wearing full earphones rather than earbuds, which don't carry the deep sound of the heartbeat very well), and a spectrogram image of the heart's rhythm appears on the phone's screen.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, General Health, Health News, Medical Technology  
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Teen birth rates vary by state

While teen births remain a national concern, the rate at which young people are having babies varies significantly from state to state, according to a new federal report. The rate in 2008 ranged from a low of 19.8 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 in New Hampshire to a...

By Rob Stein  | October 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Parenting, Reproductive Health, Sex, Teens  
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Haunted by Halloween candy?

Halloween candy may not smell enticing, but it's impossible to avoid feeling it's being shoved in your face this time of year (starting in late August, when the stores load the first Halloween-candy shelves). As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it's a good idea to arm yourself against the assault by developing a Halloween-candy strategy to carry you through the next few weeks.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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First aid and CPR guidelines revisited

The American Heart Association has been busy revising its guidelines for administering CPR and, in a separate effort, rewriting some of its basic first-aid advice. That work resulted in Monday's release of two documents, one co-sponsored by the American Red Cross that announces new first-aid practices and a second issued by the AHA addressing a big change in CPR. The Red Cross says it's reviewing that document and will determine whether to alter its training practices accordingly.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 18, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, First aid and CPR, General Health, Workplace health  
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Could your kid go without Facebook for a month? Could you?

Could either of my kids do without Facebook for a whole month? I'm not sure they could, even if there were money in it for them. I'm not even sure I'm inclined to suggest it. It's an important part of their social lives. Plus, there's not (yet) much evidence that Facebook poses a health risk -- except in those awful incidents involving cyberbullying. (Here's Facebook's anti-bullying page.)

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 18, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Sleep, Social Media, Teens  
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