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The Checkup Archive: General 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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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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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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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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Studies show that for kids' ear infections, antibiotics work better than waiting

Being a parent these days sometimes entails this hypocrisy: Yes, I know overuse of antibiotics is creating superbugs that may soon conquer the universe. But please give some to my kid anyway. Now two new studies (bolstered by an accompanying editorial) in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate what we parents have suspected for years: When it comes to ear infections, antibiotics are in order.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 12, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Antibiotics, Family Health, General Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Study links diet to longevity, but with confusing findings, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 28, 2010
Is that right? Santa should shed 50?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2010
Half of Americans fighting flu with supplements, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 24, 2010
Used too long, pacifiers may harm speech, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 18, 2010
Tracking trick-or-treaters, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 25, 2010
An app after your own heart, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 21, 2010
First aid and CPR guidelines revisited, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 18, 2010
Why you should care about paid sick leave, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 30, 2010
Can the government get us to eat our veggies?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 13, 2010
A better way to dry, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 9, 2010
Is shedding pounds dangerous? , Rob Stein , September 8, 2010
A proper fit for your kid's backpack , Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 17, 2010
Report: Kids need to get out more, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 9, 2010
What puts you to sleep?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 27, 2010
Seat belts reduce airplane turbulence injury risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 22, 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
Study: Superstitions pay off, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 15, 2010
Do doctors rat on each other?, Rob Stein , July 14, 2010
Now people who can't bend over can still shave their legs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 12, 2010
Is that right? 3-D movie glasses are sanitary?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 25, 2010
AMA urges sunscreen for everyone, regardless of skin tone, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 17, 2010
Is moving a lot bad for kids? , Rob Stein , June 16, 2010
Fatal strike raises fear of lightning, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 14, 2010
Texting while driving, a medical matter?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 10, 2010
Boys, guard your 'family jewels', Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 7, 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
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
On Shakespeare, medicine and modern nutrition, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 29, 2010
Added sugar = added cardio risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 22, 2010
Is David after Dentist okay?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 7, 2010
Prescription for doctors: Sit down, Rob Stein , April 7, 2010
Swallowing cinnamon by the spoonful, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 5, 2010
Is that right? Milk makes hair shiny?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 2, 2010
Coffee's clean bill of health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 15, 2010
Maintaining a sex life, Rob Stein , March 10, 2010
Read, then discuss: Happy people cut the chit-chat, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 8, 2010
Wake-up call on food-choking risks, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 22, 2010
Poligrip to go zinc-free, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 22, 2010
Happiness and heart health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 17, 2010
Bored to death?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 15, 2010
Gallbladder surgery deaths rare, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2010
Farewell to a trusted source, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 4, 2010
Is that Right? Loud music ruined baby boomers' hearing?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 29, 2010
"Poop" dermatitis on the rise , Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 25, 2010
New clothes, swarming with germs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 21, 2010
When is a placebo not a placebo? , Rob Stein , December 30, 2009
Resolve to watch out for health fraud, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 29, 2009
Do you care who advertises where?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 28, 2009
Give the gift of quiet music, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2009
How H1N1 kills, Rob Stein , December 23, 2009
Pregnancy, volleyball and a teen-aged girl, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 21, 2009
H1N1 reveals weaknesses, report concludes , Rob Stein , December 16, 2009
Do neti pots promote sinus health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 11, 2009
Rx for Stress: La-Z-Boy, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 1, 2009
Rx: Take health news with a grain of salt , Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 30, 2009
Hold the salt on that turkey, Rob Stein , November 25, 2009
A better way to give CPR?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 23, 2009
That lingering cough, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 19, 2009
When the handwriting on the wall spells autism, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 12, 2009
Which diet makes you happy? , Rob Stein , November 11, 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
My Son Ate Raw Hamburger: Now What?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 29, 2009
Preventing Falls Among the Elderly, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 23, 2009
What Do You Eat When You've Got the Flu?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 22, 2009
Mail-Order Pharmacy Woes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 21, 2009
Gene Therapy For Colorblindness?, Rob Stein , September 17, 2009
Showered with Pathogens?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 14, 2009
In Praise of Thunder Thighs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 9, 2009
Prostate Cancer Caused By a Virus?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 8, 2009
Beware the CT Scan?, Rob Stein , August 27, 2009
U.S. Lifespan Hits Record High, Rob Stein , August 20, 2009
Crocs in the Pool, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 17, 2009
The Health Hazards of Pessimism, Rob Stein , August 13, 2009
The Truth about Blue M&Ms, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 3, 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
Cash-Strapped Adults Curb Smoking, Drinking, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 20, 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
Is IQ Linked to Longevity?, Rob Stein , July 2, 2009
Acetaminophen Worries, Rob Stein , July 1, 2009
The Best Part of the Mediterrannean Diet, Rob Stein , June 25, 2009
Why Are Teen Births Rising?, Rob Stein , June 18, 2009
Watch Out For That Monitor!, Rob Stein , June 11, 2009
What Not to Do with a Dead Bat, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 1, 2009
Mysterious Missing Fingerprints, Rob Stein , May 28, 2009
Sour Economy Hits Health, Rob Stein , May 21, 2009
Life's Big Questions: What Should My Stool Look Like?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 19, 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
Plus-Size Clothes, continued..., Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 11, 2009
Nourishing Gifts for Mom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 8, 2009
Older Moms Linked to Longer Lives, Rob Stein , May 7, 2009
Proton-Pump Inhibitors and Plavix Don't Mix, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 6, 2009
Inept Health Reporting? Blame the PR People!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 6, 2009
Do Plus-Size Clothes for Teens Endorse Obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2009
Keeping One Eye on Food-Borne Illness, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 29, 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
On Keeping Size 10s When You're Now a 14, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 21, 2009
Do All Yogis Vote Alike?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 20, 2009
Let's Talk Health-Care Reform, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 17, 2009
Does Facebook Lead to Bad Grades? , Rob Stein , April 16, 2009
What to Eat in the Company Caf, Nancy Szokan , April 14, 2009
A Most Unusual Lunch: Placenta, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 13, 2009
Common Asthma Treatment Ineffective, Rob Stein , April 9, 2009
What Do You Want From Your Health Blog?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2009
A Warning on 4,800-Calorie Burger? Lighten Up!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 3, 2009
One Miracle Berry That Lives Up to Hype, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 31, 2009
Celebrity Bike-Ride Shoulder Injuries, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 27, 2009
Seeing Clearly Now, With Two Pairs of Specs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 25, 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
Would a Ski Helmet Have Saved Natasha Richardson?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 19, 2009
Should You Take Aspirin Daily?, Rob Stein , March 19, 2009
Down with Diets!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 17, 2009
Pancreatic Cancer News You Can't Use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 13, 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
How We Eat When Times are Tough, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 6, 2009
Doodle? Do, to Improve Concentration, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 4, 2009
Barbie, Mom and Body Image, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 3, 2009
Young People Felled by Flu, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 2, 2009
Health News on the Web: Where Do You Get Yours?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 27, 2009
Which Diet Works?, Rob Stein , February 26, 2009
Is Less More for Heart Attack Patients?, Rob Stein , February 19, 2009
Keeping the Big Boss Healthy -- at a Cost, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 28, 2009
Sexually Transmitted Disease in America, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 14, 2009
Sleep and the Common Cold, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 13, 2009
Health Hoaxes, Revisited, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 12, 2009
Group Names Top Health Hoaxes of 2008, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 5, 2009
A New Reason to Catch More ZZZs?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2008
Six Holiday Myths Debunked, Rob Stein , December 19, 2008
Asthma, Bowel Cleansers -- And What You Should Know, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 12, 2008
States of Good Health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 5, 2008
Great American Smokeout Makes the Most of Mondays, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 19, 2008
Caffeine, Your Baby, and You, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 5, 2008
'Falling Back' May Protect Your Heart, Rob Stein , October 30, 2008
Adventures in Tooth Whitening, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 27, 2008
'Stayin' Alive'? What Are My Other Choices?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2008
New Cancer Culprit: Incense?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 29, 2008
Study Pokes Holes in Nut Ban, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 27, 2008
Flu Stories, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 26, 2008
The Ear Infection/Fat Connection, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 22, 2008
Kidney Stones? Lay Off the Iced Tea, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 15, 2008
ER Docs Warn: Don't Text While Rollerblading, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 5, 2008
Oops! Be Gone, Tattoo., Rob Stein , July 24, 2008
Simple Steps for Post-50 Health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 22, 2008
Optimism May Help Heart Health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 16, 2008
Yoga as Bunion Buster?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 4, 2008
My Real Age? 41.7!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 2, 2008
Victoria's Eye-Popping Secret, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 1, 2008
Heart Health, With Apologies to George Carlin, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 27, 2008
YouTube Put to Good Use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 18, 2008
On Living Longer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 13, 2008
How Will You Die?, Rob Stein , June 12, 2008
Antibiotics Before You Brush?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 11, 2008
Man, Is It Ever Hot!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 10, 2008
 
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