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The Checkup Archive: heart failure

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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Is that right? Santa should shed 50?

I would say that suggesting Santa lose 50 pounds this soon before Christmas is risky business. But that didn't stop about 60 of 100 U.S. physicians recently surveyed in a "Holiday Healthcare survey" conducted by the big Asian bank CLSA.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Family Health, General Health, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Weight loss, heart failure  
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A rare heart disorder that can fell new mothers

Readers of today's shockingly sad Washington Post story about Shana Swers, who died soon after giving birth to her son, may want to know more about the disease that took her life.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 10, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, heart failure  
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FDA: Defibrillators malfunctioning too often

Note: An earlier version of this posting incorrectly stated that Jeffrey Shuren worked at the CDC. Defibrillators, those devices that are supposed to shock heart failure patients back to life, are malfunctioning far too often, costing people their lives, according to a report released Monday by the Food and Drug...

By Rob Stein  | November 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FDA, First aid and CPR, emergency medicine, heart failure  
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