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

Is that right? Soda taxes would help fight obesity?

There's all kinds of talk these days about taxing sugar-sweetened beverages as a means of curbing obesity. The idea is that if sodas and other sweet drinks were more expensive, people would buy less of the stuff. In turn, that reduced consumption should mean fewer calories consumed, and hence less weight gained. And revenues generated by these taxes could go toward obesity-prevention programs. But it's not clear whether such a scheme would really work.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Health Policy, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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CSPI helps mom sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

The DC-based nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest has helped a California mother file a class-action suit against McDonald's, demanding that the burger chain stop marketing toys to children.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 16, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting  
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FDA begins process of revoking Avastin approval for breast cancer treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun the process of revoking approval of Avastin to treat advanced breast cancer Federal officials say new evidence indicates the risks do not outweigh the benefits of Avastin for treating metastatic breast cancer. Note: The above should have stated: Federal officials say new...

By Rob Stein  | December 16, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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FDA to raise awareness of tainted supplements

The FDA on Wednesday launched an effort to better protect the public from dietary supplements that may contain potentially dangerous ingredients.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, FDA  
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Drop-side cribs finally outlawed

Drop-side cribs will need to be replaced with a fixed-side crib like this one. (Image via Wikipedia) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today to outlaw the manufacture, sale and re-sale of drop-side cribs. Such cribs, which feature side rails that can be lowered to allow caretakers to more...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 15, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Infant health, Parenting, Recalls, Sleep  
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'Beauty sleep' no myth, study finds

People who get a good night's sleep do look more attractive, according to new research.

By Rob Stein  | December 15, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Sleep  
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Pot use among teenagers still rising, survey finds

Marijuana use continues to increase among young people in the United States, according to an annual federally funded survey of drug, alcohol and cigarette use among U.S. youths.

By Rob Stein  | December 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Teens  
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GERD and esophageal cancer

A study published last week in the American Journal of Gastroenterology estimates that, among white non-Hispanic Americans, women with GERD symptoms very rarely go on to develop cancer of the esophagus. Same goes for men under age 50, who are at far greater risk of getting colon cancer than esophageal cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Obesity, Pregnancy, Women's Health  
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Study disputes link between abortion and mental health problems

Study disputes link between abortion and mental health problems

By Rob Stein  | December 13, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Abortion, Alcohol and Drugs, Mental Health  
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Relax, parents. Your kids don't care what you eat.

A big new study released last week showed that parents' influence over kids' eating habits has been waning for years, as other influences have grown stronger.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, Teens  
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