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The Checkup: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Snapshot: Is health news reporting politically slanted?

In light of recent events, I wondered whether NPR's alleged liberal bias showed in its health news reporting. For comparison's sake, I looked at NPR's top health stories and those atop the Fox News health site, home of "fair and balanced" reporting but, like NPR, considered by some to be a politically slanted source -- if slanted in the other direction.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Business of Health  
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Women more stressed by work intrusions

Between our Blackberries, iPhones and laptops, we all know the line between work and home life has gotten pretty blurred. But are those intrusions by work into our supposed downtime bad for us? A new study suggests it is, particularly for women.Paul Glavin of the University of Toronto and colleagues...

By Rob Stein  | March 9, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health  
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Ranch dressing revisited

Ranch is often offered to children along with cut-up vegetables or baby carrots. Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, the ranch dip makes vegetables more palatable to kids who might otherwise shun them. But full-fat ranch is high in fat and calories, and reduced-fat versions are packed with sodium. Is it really such a great idea to induce kids to eat vegetables by loading those carrot sticks with such nutrition-unfriendly glop?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium  
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Wake up! It's sleep awareness week.

New data released by the CDC to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week -- which begins today -- paint a less-than-ideal picture of Americans' relationship with sleep. More than 35 percent of nearly 74,571 people surveyed in 2009 reported getting less than 7 hours' sleep a night. (We're supposed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily; children need 10 or 11 hours.) Almost 38 percent admitted to having unintentionally dozed off during the daytime during the 30 days before the survey. Worse yet: Nearly 5 percent of those surveyed had done so while driving.

By Jennifer Huget  | March 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, General Health, Sleep, Stress  
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