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The Checkup Archive: Family Health

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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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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New data on crib injuries

What hasn't been tallied until this study is the number of non-fatal, but often quite serious, injuries to babies who have been placed in cribs, playpens or bassinets. An average of 26 such injuries per day occurred during the time studied, most (66 percent) involving falls, usually from cribs (83 percent) and most commonly affecting the head or neck (40 percent).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 16, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Prevention, Sleep  
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Study warns against energy drinks for kids, teens

A study in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics spells out everything you need to know about energy drinks, particularly the risks they pose to the young people who are most inclined to use them. Read it, and you'll never look at those drinks as benign products again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Sleep, Teens, heart failure  
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Older Entries in This Category »

On energy drinks, a voice of caution -- and reason, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 10, 2011
Teen birth rate hits historic low , Rob Stein , February 2, 2011
New federal dietary guidelines released, Rob Stein , January 31, 2011
Will Ice Cream Guy catch a cold?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 31, 2011
Modern Family: When kids walk in during sex, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 20, 2011
U.K. experts question 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 17, 2011
Federal Food Pyramid prompts a lawsuit by PCRM, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 11, 2011
Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 6, 2011
SIDS deaths rise sharply on New Year's Day, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 30, 2010
Is that right? Santa should shed 50?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2010
CSPI helps mom sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 16, 2010
Food-allergy guidelines released, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 6, 2010
Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 2, 2010
Used too long, pacifiers may harm speech, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 18, 2010
When your chubby freshman comes home, mum's the word, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 16, 2010
Hyper-texting teens' troubling behaviors, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 11, 2010
Kids get an eyeful of fast-food marketing, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 8, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Homemade baby food: worth the fuss?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 12, 2010
Study reveals Americans' sexual activity, condom use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 4, 2010
FDA cracks down on mouthwash, Rob Stein , September 28, 2010
A better way to dry, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 9, 2010
Report: Kids need to get out more, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 9, 2010
Keeping food safe when the power goes out, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 26, 2010
Local drownings highlight need for water-safety lessons, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 26, 2010
To combat obesity, start with the moms, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 20, 2010
Childhood obesity and parental neglect, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 19, 2010
Is that right? Silly Bandz are bad for kids' health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 16, 2010
Me Minus 10: Keeping the change, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 6, 2010
Happy meal toys under fire, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 28, 2010
Crib recall, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 24, 2010
Fatal strike raises fear of lightning, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 14, 2010
Your neighborhood may affect your teen's weight, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 31, 2010
For healthful eating, do as I say, not as I do?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2010
Bring back Home Ec!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 17, 2010
Is that right? People swallow Benadryl skin gel?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 14, 2010
The chicken nugget challenge, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 6, 2010
When kids want to eat junk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2010
Betting on breakfast, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 27, 2010
How do unschoolers learn what to eat?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 26, 2010
Young Americans getting fat faster, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2010
Swallowing cinnamon by the spoonful, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 5, 2010
Underage drinking abounds, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 1, 2010
Losing weight with your honey is not always sweet, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 23, 2010
A first-hand look at school lunch, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 22, 2010
What's the big deal about breast-milk cheese?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 11, 2010
Wake-up call on food-choking risks, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 22, 2010
Emergency food, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 16, 2010
Michelle Obama's obesity plan, in the Nick of time, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2010
The autism/diet connection, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2010
The Surgeon General gets it right, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 1, 2010
"Poop" dermatitis on the rise , Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 25, 2010
Cadmium facts, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 14, 2010
One Big Happy Family: Watch this, then let's talk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 12, 2010
Tweeting through a crisis, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 7, 2010
Measuring medicine? Don't use kitchen spoons, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 5, 2010
Do you care who advertises where?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 28, 2009
Give the gift of quiet music, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2009
Rx for Stress: La-Z-Boy, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 1, 2009
Hold the salt on that turkey, Rob Stein , November 25, 2009
That lingering cough, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 19, 2009
The dangers of walking and talking , Rob Stein , November 18, 2009
H1N1 vaccine: One big confusing mess, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 9, 2009
Cat catches swine flu, Rob Stein , November 4, 2009
Sneezes spread paranoia , Rob Stein , November 4, 2009
Spreading swine flu, Rob Stein , October 21, 2009
Getting Guys to Wash Their Hands, Rob Stein , October 15, 2009
Added Bonus from Seasonal Flu Shots?, Rob Stein , October 8, 2009
Does Routine Bilirubin Screening Make for Healthier Babies?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 28, 2009
For Some Women, Recession Means Having Few Children, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 23, 2009
What Do You Eat When You've Got the Flu?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 22, 2009
Gene Therapy For Colorblindness?, Rob Stein , September 17, 2009
Will Down Syndrome Disappear?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 16, 2009
Back to School with Bento Boxes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 24, 2009
U.S. Lifespan Hits Record High, Rob Stein , August 20, 2009
Kids Should Get Moving -- But With Supervision, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 5, 2009
Alternative Medicine Spending Soars, Rob Stein , July 30, 2009
FDA Rules Mercury Amalgam Fillings Safe, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 29, 2009
CDC: Childhood Obesity Epidemic Slowing, Rob Stein , July 23, 2009
Cure For Childhood Insomnia?, Rob Stein , July 23, 2009
Beware Antibiotics for Ear Infections, Rob Stein , July 16, 2009
Sickening Sand, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 13, 2009
Celiac Disease Increases Sharply, Rob Stein , July 9, 2009
Acetaminophen Worries, Rob Stein , July 1, 2009
Paying Girls Not to Get Pregnant, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 29, 2009
The Best Part of the Mediterrannean Diet, Rob Stein , June 25, 2009
Is Toll House Recall a Turning Point?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 24, 2009
Toll House Cookie Dough Recall, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 19, 2009
Why Are Teen Births Rising?, Rob Stein , June 18, 2009
Teens, Adults Take Dim View of Kids with Acne, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 15, 2009
Watch Out For That Monitor!, Rob Stein , June 11, 2009
Will Men Get Gardasil? , Rob Stein , June 4, 2009
Learning to Love Leaf Lettuce, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 2, 2009
What Not to Do with a Dead Bat, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 1, 2009
Mysterious Missing Fingerprints, Rob Stein , May 28, 2009
Keeping Kids Safe Around Exercise Equipment, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 27, 2009
Going to School Sick, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 27, 2009
Learning to Love the Female Condom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2009
Is That Right? Juicy Juice for Brain Development, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 15, 2009
The FDA, Making the World Safe -- From Cheerios, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 13, 2009
Here Comes the Sun. And the Sunscreen., Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 12, 2009
Nourishing Gifts for Mom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 8, 2009
Do Plus-Size Clothes for Teens Endorse Obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2009
How Are You Preparing for Swine Flu?, Amy Adkins , April 27, 2009
For Kids with Eczema, a Simple Solution, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 27, 2009
Does Facebook Lead to Bad Grades? , Rob Stein , April 16, 2009
A Most Unusual Lunch: Placenta, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 13, 2009
Common Asthma Treatment Ineffective, Rob Stein , April 9, 2009
Adventures in Yogurt-Making, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 7, 2009
Too Much TV? Feed 'em Donuts., Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 6, 2009
Does Baby Fat Lead to Obesity?, Rob Stein , April 2, 2009
Celebrity Bike-Ride Shoulder Injuries, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 27, 2009
A Conversation about Constipation, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 24, 2009
Would a Ski Helmet Have Saved Natasha Richardson?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 19, 2009
A Wake-Up Call for Insomniacs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 11, 2009
How We Eat When Times are Tough, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 6, 2009
Can Your Marriage Make You Sick?, Rob Stein , March 5, 2009
Barbie, Mom and Body Image, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 3, 2009
Young People Felled by Flu, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 2, 2009
Breastfeeding and MS, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 25, 2009
And Now, Some Good News About Peanuts, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 23, 2009
New Initiative to Fight Childhood Obesity, Rob Stein , February 19, 2009
Decoding Students' Code of Silence, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 16, 2009
To Protect Kids From Melanoma, Skip the Shore Vacation?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 6, 2009
Testing Children's Books for Lead, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 26, 2009
Salmonella in Snack Crackers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 20, 2009
A Vaccine's Unintended Consequences, Rob Stein , January 15, 2009
By Any Name, This Game Is Deadly, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 7, 2009
No Booze for Pregnant Women, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 8, 2008
How to Mark World AIDS Day? How About Getting Screened?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 1, 2008
After the Game, Get Outside and Play! , Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 26, 2008
Happy Days: Less TV, More Newspaper?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 24, 2008
When A 'Curly' Lightbulb Breaks, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 3, 2008
Clinical Studies and Kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 29, 2008
Is Gardasil Safe?, Rob Stein , October 23, 2008
Childhood Food Allergies Increasing, Rob Stein , October 22, 2008
Putting the Kibosh on Car Surfing, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 20, 2008
Kids + Sports = Better Health, Frances Stead Sellers , October 13, 2008
Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 6, 2008
Two Eyes, Two Sizes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 29, 2008
Tough to Talk When a Newborn is Dying, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 22, 2008
Bilingual Kids Stutter More, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 15, 2008
Infant Abductions: Down in Hospitals, Up in Homes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 6, 2008
When Making Music Causes Pain, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 25, 2008
Still In the Dark About Sunscreen, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 4, 2008
Reminder: Not Every Kid's a High Achiever, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 21, 2008
I Have WHAT?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 14, 2008
Grownups Give Booze to Underage Drinkers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 30, 2008
Dry Drowning, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 25, 2008
A Longer Walk to School, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 24, 2008
When Young Adults Grieve, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 23, 2008
Home Alone, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 16, 2008
A Bad Time for Rabies, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 9, 2008
Drug Labeling with Pregnancy in Mind, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 2, 2008
When Teens Give Blood, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 26, 2008
Dog Food Danger, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 20, 2008
Fat Cells Are Forever, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 19, 2008
Kids Say Specs Make Kids Look Smart, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 16, 2008
Breastfeeding Boosts Brainpower, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 12, 2008
Farewell to Peanut Allergies, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 6, 2008
Inside The Minds of Teen Drivers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 5, 2008
Study Says ... Dogs Beat Out Cats, Rob Stein , May 1, 2008
Salmonella From Your Pet?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 28, 2008
Wearing Crocs? Watch Your Step!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 22, 2008
Shaken Faith in the Flu Vaccine?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 21, 2008
Model Behavior, Revisited, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 15, 2008
Homeschooling--And Not By Choice, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 14, 2008
Vaccines: The Debate Continues, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 9, 2008
Does Your Family Defibrillate?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2008
 
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