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The Checkup: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Is that right? La Creme: 100% dairy, 0% shame

I don't have a horse in this race, as I don't see why anyone would dump creamer of any kind into a perfectly good cup of black coffee.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Could quitting smoking be a symptom of lung cancer?

A provocative, though small, study suggests that the very act of quitting smoking may be a symptom of not-yet-diagnosed lung cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 3, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cancer, Smoking  
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FDA cracks down on unapproved cold, cough, allergy drugs

Federal health officials announced Wednesday that they were cracking down on certain prescription cold, cough and allergy products that had never been approved by regulators.

By Rob Stein  | March 2, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  FDA  
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Americans fatter than Canadians

Like many health problems, the obesity epidemic is worse in the United States than it is in Canada, according to a new government report released Wednesday. While obesity is increasing in both countries, less than a quarter -- 24.1 percent -- of Canadian adults are obese, compared to more than...

By Rob Stein  | March 2, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Obesity  
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Study finds exercise is actually good for your knees

If you've been using the fear of knee damage as an excuse to avoid exercise, it may be time to find a new excuse.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 1, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Arthritis, Chronic Conditions, Exercise, General Health  
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Ranch dressing rules

For better or worse, ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it has overtaken Italian dressing as our dressing of choice, both at the store and at restaurants.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens  
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Breast cancer decline stalls

The rate at which women are being diagnosed with breast cancer has stopped falling, according to a new analysis of federal data released Monday. The analysis of data collected by the National Cancer Institute found no significant change in the overall incidence rate for breast cancer among white women between...

By Rob Stein  | February 28, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  breast cancer, Women's Health, hormones  
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Should e-cigarettes be allowed on planes?

I sympathize with people who get nervous when they fly; I imagine using an e-cigarette might help calm them down. Whether I want to be sitting next to the person "smoking" one is a different question.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 28, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Cancer, Environmental Toxins, Smoking, Travel Health  
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