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The Checkup: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Is that right? KFC offers $20K scholarships -- but you'd better tweet fast!

Today is the LAST DAY to submit a 140-word tweet (message on Twitter) explaining why you have sufficient "dedication to community and education" to warrant consideration for one of more than 75 scholarships of up to $20,000 KFC will award this year. But if you miss today's deadline, or if tweeting's not your thing, you can still apply on-line starting December 1.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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A fresh perspective on Thanksgiving food

So it's really refreshing to see a different, less hysterical take on Thanksgiving. This Mayo Clinic blog reminds us that many traditional Thanksgiving foods can actually be kind of good for you -- if prepared a certain way, and, of course, consumed with some modicum of moderation.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Half of Americans fighting flu with supplements

Nearly half of Americans plan to use dietary supplements or homeopathic treatments to help ward off influenza this season. But only about a third of those people plan to also get a flu shot.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, General Health, Infectious Disease, Influenza  
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Thanksgiving's slippery slope

When my day is arranged in such a way that it can't accommodate my daily workout or when I can't stick to my normal food regimen, I feel apprehensive about the prospect of losing momentum and even gaining a pound back. Which, given the way Thanksgiving is shaping up for me this year, is entirely possible.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness  
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New embryonic stem cell experiment

Government regulators have given the go-ahead to a second study that will for the first time carefully test a treatment created using human embryonic stem cells in people, according to the company sponsoring the experiment. The Food and Drug Administration approved a request by Advanced Cell Technology Inc. of Marlborough,...

By Rob Stein  | November 22, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FDA, Stem cells  
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