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The Checkup: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

FDA approves iPhone, iPad app for docs

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it had approved the first app that doctors can use to view medical images and make diagnoses using a iPhone or iPad.

By Rob Stein  | February 4, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FDA, Medical Technology, medical devices  
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Why is the whole world getting fatter?

At least the United States is not alone in getting fatter -- the entire world is gaining weight, too, according to a massive world weight project published yesterday and reported on by The Post's David Brown. "Our results show that overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are...

By Greg Linch  | February 4, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Health News, Obesity  
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Is that right? Shoveling snow boosts heart-attack risk

Snow shoveling (and other activities such as pushing cars and operating snowblowers) is the perfect setup for heart attack (when blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked) and sudden cardiac death (in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, General Health, Snowmageddon  
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Healthy adults getting unneeded heart screenings

But a report issued this morning by Consumer Reports shows that a whopping 44 percent of healthy adults (those who have no history of heart disease and who have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels) have had heart-health screening procedures that they didn't really need. The report also notes that few of us question the need for screening, whether by blood-pressure check, EKG, or C-reactive protein test. And still fewer of us seem to care about the potential risks of such screenings, which include unneeded followup screenings, tests and treatments.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 3, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, medical costs, screening  
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Teen birth rate hits historic low

The long decline in teen births, which had stalled for two years, seems to be back on track, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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FDA rejects another diet pill

The federal government has rejected yet another new weight-loss drug. The Food and Drug Administration notified Orexigen Therapeutics of San Diego that it would not authorize the sale of the drug Contrave, according to a statement released Tuesday by the company. The FDA "noted concern about the cardiovascular safety profile"...

By Rob Stein  | February 1, 2011; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FDA, Obesity  
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New dietary guidelines, boiled down

Are you as excited as I am about the release yesterday of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010? Probably no one is more excited, or perhaps relieved, than the folks who have been working for years to craft the new document. They've had to sort through lots of scientific evidence and consider the opinions of everyone from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to the pro-vegetarian Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as to what the document should advise about how Americans should eat.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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New federal dietary guidelines released

Federal officials Monday released the government's latest advice to Americans on what they should be eating, including specific new recommendations to limit salt intake. The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services jointly issued the first updated version of the federal government's official Dietary Guidelines for Americans in five...

By Rob Stein  | January 31, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, General Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition  
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Will Ice Cream Guy catch a cold?

I'm clearly not the only one who worried about Zack Burroughs after seeing the now-famous photo of the young attorney dashing through last week's blizzard -- carrying an ice cream cone but not wearing a coat, hat or gloves.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 31, 2011; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health, Influenza, Life's Big Questions, Parenting  
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