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The Checkup Archive: Chronic Conditions

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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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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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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Weight loss's link to better health questioned

We as a nation have put a lot of stock into the notion that being (or becoming) slender equates to better health and longer lives. But a body evidence calls into question whether that connection -- or, conversely, the connection between overweight and poor health -- is all that strong, and even whether it exists at all.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Diabetes, Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health, life expectancy, osteoporosis  
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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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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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The haze surrounding medical marijuana, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 30, 2010
Study: Chocolate protects the heart, Rob Stein , August 16, 2010
Is that right? Italians smoke more than Americans?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 23, 2010
Now people who can't bend over can still shave their legs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 12, 2010
Does glucosamine really help arthritis?, Rob Stein , July 7, 2010
Young Americans getting fat faster, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2010
Do IVF babies grow up healthy? , Rob Stein , February 17, 2010
Bored to death?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 15, 2010
Jimmie Heuga changed thinking on MS and exercise, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 11, 2010
The autism/diet connection, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2010
Is that Right? Loud music ruined baby boomers' hearing?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 29, 2010
When is a placebo not a placebo? , Rob Stein , December 30, 2009
Hard of hearing for the holidays, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 14, 2009
H1N1 vaccine: One big confusing mess, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 9, 2009
Gene Therapy For Colorblindness?, Rob Stein , September 17, 2009
Lupus News, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 14, 2009
Going Gluten-Free, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 1, 2009
CDC: Childhood Obesity Epidemic Slowing, Rob Stein , July 23, 2009
The Best Part of the Mediterrannean Diet, Rob Stein , June 25, 2009
For Kids with Eczema, a Simple Solution, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 27, 2009
MS and Paralysis Numbers Don't Add Up, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 22, 2009
A Conversation about Constipation, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 24, 2009
A New Wind A-Blowin' for Medical Marijuana?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 20, 2009
How Not to Spread AIDS, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 16, 2009
A Wake-Up Call for Insomniacs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 11, 2009
Five Facts about Aortic Valve Surgery, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 9, 2009
Breastfeeding and MS, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 25, 2009
Study: Stem Cells May Reverse MS Damage, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 2, 2009
Oral MS Drug on Horizon, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 30, 2009
New Guidelines for Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 22, 2008
MS: After Suspicious Scan, Just Wait and See?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 12, 2008
Alternative Treatment for Psoriasis, Rob Stein , November 20, 2008
Vitamin D, Kids, and MS Risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 23, 2008
The Icy Touch of Raynaud's, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 8, 2008
Autoimmune Diseases and You, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 9, 2008
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