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The Checkup Archive: Health News

Why is the whole world getting fatter?

At least the United States is not alone in getting fatter -- the entire world is gaining weight, too, according to a massive world weight project published yesterday and reported on by The Post's David Brown. "Our results show that overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are...

By Greg Linch  | February 4, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Health News, Obesity  
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USDA's Food Atlas maps out Americans' food environment

If either of those topics -- or scads of others related to the way Americans eat --is of interest to you, then carve out an hour to tool around the federal government's highly addictive U.S. Food Environment Atlas Web site.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 20, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health News, Health Policy, Minority health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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You're only as young as you feel

Read the Perspectives on Psychological Science article We all know the old saying, "You're only as young as you feel." Well, there may be some truth to that, according to researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ellen Langer, a psychologist at Harvard University who studies how the...

By Rob Stein  | December 29, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Aging, Health News, Psychology  
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Is that right? Aspirin reduces cancer risk?

The analysis revealed that for some cancers, taking a modest dose -- 75 milligrams, or roughly the equivalent of a U.S. baby aspirin, daily -- was associated with reduced likelihood of later dying from that cancer. The effect was stronger for some cancers (the 20-year esophageal cancer death risk was 60 percent lower for those taking aspirin than those on placebo; that number was 40 percent for colorectal cancer, 35 percent for gastrointestinal cancer and 30 percent for lung cancer) than for others (10 percent for prostate cancer).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 10, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Health News, Is That Right?, Prevention  
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Food-allergy guidelines released

Careful diagnosis should not only help identify allergies to certain foods but also rule out allergies to others. It's apparently common for patients to be advised to avoid foods for fear of allergic reaction when in fact they're not really allergic to those foods after all.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Family Health, Health News, Kids' health, Parenting, allergies  
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An app after your own heart

Peter Bentley, a researcher at University College London, has invented an iPhone application that acts much like a stethoscope. Once you've invoked iStethoscope, you press the phone's microscope against the bare skin of the chest. The sound of the heartbeat within is then audible (best heard if you're wearing full earphones rather than earbuds, which don't carry the deep sound of the heartbeat very well), and a spectrogram image of the heart's rhythm appears on the phone's screen.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, General Health, Health News, Medical Technology  
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