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The Checkup: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Does "no trans fats" mean no trans fats?

When you pick up a box of, say, crackers whose Nutrition Facts panel asserts that the contents contain no trans fats, you should be able to enjoy the snack without worrying about consuming any artery-clogging trans fatty acids, right? Not necessarily.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FDA, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin

The research that launched an enduring but apparently erroneous belief that autism is caused by a common childhood vaccination has been debunked, disclaimed -- and now debunked again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 6, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Autism, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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Exercise may extend life after prostate cancer diagnosis

A study published online in advance of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that men who engaged in various levels of physical activity during the years after their diagnosis with prostate cancer enjoyed substantial reductions in overall mortality (that is, death from any cause). And those who engaged in modest amounts of vigorous activities such as biking, tennis, jogging or swimming for 3 or more hours a week substantially reduced their risk of dying specifically from prostate cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 6, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cancer, Men's health, Nutrition and Fitness, prostate cancer  
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Montel Williams's medical marijuana

Former talk-show host and current medical-marijuana advocate Montel Williams reportedly has been fined for possession of a pipe of the sort commonly used to smoke pot.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 5, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Medical marijuana, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorders, palliative and hospice care  
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Walking speed predicts longevity, study finds

Can the pace at which a person walks predict how long they are going to live? That's what a new study indicates. Stephanie Studenski of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues analyzed data collected from nine studies conducted between 1986 and 2000 involving 34,485 adults ages 65 and older whose...

By Rob Stein  | January 5, 2011; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aging, General Health, Seniors  
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Consumer Reports offers snapshot of American eating habits

Consumer Reports this morning published the results of its late-2010 survey of Americans' eating and exercise habits. While there's nothing too earth-shattering in the findings, the report did turn up a few interesting discrepancies between what we say and what we really eat.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Some young adults with STDs say they've never had sex

Still, the authors say, the findings suggest that physicians treating teens and young adults should perhaps use lab tests to screen all those patients for STDs, as screening only those that report they've been sexually active may lead to many cases going undiagnosed and untreated -- and ready to spread to others.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 3, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens  
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