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Allie Shah

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Allie Shah writes about healthy living and wellness issues.
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Sisters offer fitness classes in Spanish at new Twin Cities studio

Sisters offer fitness classes in Spanish at new Twin Cities studio

Language and cultural issues, as well as cost, created a barrier to fitness the two sisters wanted to break.
10 things you should ask your doctor on your next visit

10 things you should ask your doctor on your next visit

On average, doctors spend a mere 13 to 16 minutes per patient. Here's how to set the agenda for which health issues to cover during your appointment.
5 nasty Minnesota bugs to watch out for this summer

5 nasty Minnesota bugs to watch out for this summer

As Minnesotans, we pine for summer all winter, but we're not the only ones emerging from hibernation. To help you survive the season of bugs, here are five nasty ones to watch out for this summer.
Dan Dailey, who helped establish Cedar Lake Park and trail, dies at 68

Dan Dailey, who helped establish Cedar Lake Park and trail, dies at 68

His efforts to establish Cedar Lake Park contributed to the creation in 1995 of the pioneering Cedar Lake Trail.
Minnesota mural artist pictures a bright future for kids in crisis

Minnesota mural artist pictures a bright future for kids in crisis

Savage artist aims to cheer up children with vibrant murals.
No couch, one car: How these Minnesotans are living with less

No couch, one car: How these Minnesotans are living with less

The minimalist revolution has led some Minnesotans to shed possessions and embrace a no-frills life.
Ex-boxer Laila Ali fights for a new cause: Healthy living

Ex-boxer Laila Ali fights for a new cause: Healthy living

The daughter of the late boxing legend pulls no punches with her latest venture — a podcast on health.
Does the essential-oil trend pass the smell test with Minnesota hospitals?

Does the essential-oil trend pass the smell test with Minnesota hospitals?

Essential oils are a hot item in today's holistic healing world — touted as a natural way to improve your mood, ward off sickness and treat ailments such as arthritis, dry skin and allergies.
Mayo doctor performs 'life-changing' work on kids all over the world

Mayo doctor performs 'life-changing' work on kids all over the world

Seeing lives transformed by surgery is the reward for doctor who volunteers for the Children's Heart Project.
Minn. Somali model walks runways in Milan — and cleans rooms in St. Cloud

Minn. Somali model walks runways in Milan — and cleans rooms in St. Cloud

No matter how incongruous the notion of a model moonlighting as a housekeeper may seem, to Minnesota's Halima Aden, 19, there's nothing at all unusual about it. Both are part of who she is.
When is dying a laughing matter? Hospice humor gains a following

When is dying a laughing matter? Hospice humor gains a following

Humor is a vital part of life — even for people who are dying.
Inside 'Little Mogadishu,' the Somali capital of America

Inside 'Little Mogadishu,' the Somali capital of America

The Cedar-Riverside area has long been a magnet for new arrivals. Today, it's mainly East Africans breathing new life into it.
Minnesota medical professionals work to close health gaps for LGBT patients

Minnesota medical professionals work to close health gaps for LGBT patients

Minnesota medical professionals are working to overcome "transphobia."
Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

Stand back – way back. Super slo-mo of a sneeze reveals that the germs travel a lot farther than had been thought.
Aging boomers, lack of funding for Alzheimer's may lead to 'major social and economic crisis'

Aging boomers, lack of funding for Alzheimer's may lead to 'major social and economic crisis'

TPT documentary aims national spotlight on looming Alzheimer's "epidemic" and its financial and emotional toll on families.
500 bands in 365 days: Minn. father, son bond on heavy metal mission

500 bands in 365 days: Minn. father, son bond on heavy metal mission

A 21-year-old Maple Grove man with cerebral palsy wanted to see 500 rock bands in 365 days. His dad made it happen.
5 tips to get off the couch and start moving in winter

5 tips to get off the couch and start moving in winter

Here's how to resist the urge to hibernate and binge-watch until spring.
Obituary: The Rev. William Brice, veteran and civil rights activist, dies at 91

Obituary: The Rev. William Brice, veteran and civil rights activist, dies at 91

When it came to fighting for justice, the Rev. William Rhodes Brice was never a bystander. In fact, he preferred to be on the front…
Blue about the cold? St. Paul spa offers way to get warm with infrared saunas

Blue about the cold? St. Paul spa offers way to get warm with infrared saunas

Trendy spa treatment creates light rays that produce heat.
An ode to good health: Poetry classes becoming part of Minnesota wellness programs

An ode to good health: Poetry classes becoming part of Minnesota wellness programs

Doctors and patients are exploring the healing power of poetry and short stories.
Kidney donation gives old friends from Minn. film industry 'amazing bond'

Kidney donation gives old friends from Minn. film industry 'amazing bond'

These two men hadn't spoken in 20 years, but when one of them needed a kidney, the other gave his friend the gift of life.
At 100-year-old St. Paul club for the deaf, 'your friends are all here'

At 100-year-old St. Paul club for the deaf, 'your friends are all here'

St. Paul's 100-year-old Deaf Club still draws a crowd but fights to attract younger folks.
'Biggest Loser' nutritionist, a St. Paul native, says not to skip meals

'Biggest Loser' nutritionist, a St. Paul native, says not to skip meals

Don't try to imitate contestants' dramatic results, Cheryl Forberg says.
Minn. doctor pushing for cannabis for canines to treat seizures

Minn. doctor pushing for cannabis for canines to treat seizures

Dogs have higher rates of epilepsy than humans do, and Leppik believes a cannabis pill could do for canines what it's done for humans.
Definition of 'healthy' food gets a makeover

Definition of 'healthy' food gets a makeover

It's no shock that some of these foods are considered healthful and others are not. Can you figure out which are which? Be ready to be surprised.
Hold the phone: Doctors OK screen time for kids under 2 (with limits)

Hold the phone: Doctors OK screen time for kids under 2 (with limits)

For the first time, the nation’s largest pediatricians’ group is saying it’s OK to allow children younger than two to be exposed to television, tablet…
Belly up to the TV: Binge watching could lead to more stomach fat

Belly up to the TV: Binge watching could lead to more stomach fat

Binge watchers, you may want to hit the pause button for this: watching TV has been linked to more belly fat — even for people who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
We still love our dietary supplements even though they might not help

We still love our dietary supplements even though they might not help

Use of supplements — including vitamins, minerals and herbs — has become a $32 billion industry.
Can playing 'Pokemon Go' make you live longer?

Can playing 'Pokemon Go' make you live longer?

"Pokémon Go" fanatics, rejoice! Your collection addiction may pay off in the long run, in the form of a longer life.
Remember this: brain game claims can't be proven, study says

Remember this: brain game claims can't be proven, study says

An exhaustive review of published studies on brain-training products incuding Lumosity, CogniFit and BrainHQ tests whether brain games can make you smarter.
What causes runner's high? Scientists are still chasing after the answer

What causes runner's high? Scientists are still chasing after the answer

For many of the runners in this weekend's Twin Cities Marathon, the reward for pushing themselves during the race will extend beyond the finish line in the form of a hidden perk: runner's high.
Playing with your cat could be hazardous to your health

Playing with your cat could be hazardous to your health

Warning: Playing with your cat could be hazardous to your health. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s…
Missing mist? How to help your kids handle the flu shot

Missing mist? How to help your kids handle the flu shot

Parents are scrambling to deal with children's fear of shots now that doctors say to avoid the nasal spray.

Hospitals still overusing antibiotics, feds say

Amid rising fears about "superbugs" that are resisitant to antibiotics, hospitals are still overusing antibiotics to treat patients.
Study: Ditch spoon or risk giving your kids wrong amount of medicine

Study: Ditch spoon or risk giving your kids wrong amount of medicine

Doctors are urging parents to ditch the spoon in favor of an oral syringe to measure medicine for young children, arguing that using spoons often…
'Mogadishu, Minnesota' HBO series stokes hopes and fears in Minneapolis

'Mogadishu, Minnesota' HBO series stokes hopes and fears in Minneapolis

Heated debate over a TV pilot for the series reached a boiling point at the West Bank Block Party, when a protest ended with arrests and police pepper-spraying the crowd.
Why people quit their Fitbits

Why people quit their Fitbits

Once embraced with enthusiasm and worn with pride, fitness trackers are now winding up in the bottom of a drawer months later.
Obituary: John Hodowanic, 86, past president of the World Press Institute

Obituary: John Hodowanic, 86, past president of the World Press Institute

John Hodowanic never did anything halfway. The former editor of Twin Cities magazine and president of the World Press Institute threw himself into every job…
Later bedtimes for tots can lead to weight problems as teens

Later bedtimes for tots can lead to weight problems as teens

Benjamin Franklin may have been on to something when he prescribed "early to bed" for better health.
Playing through concussion doubles recovery time, new study shows

Playing through concussion doubles recovery time, new study shows

Playing through the pain of a concussion doubles your recovery time. It also could lead to more severe symptoms, according to new research.
Om power: Minnesota study looking at yoga's ability to offset Parkinson's symptoms

Om power: Minnesota study looking at yoga's ability to offset Parkinson's symptoms

Can yoga help ease Parkinson's disease symptoms? A University of Minnesota researcher aims to find out.
Coffee craving may be hard-wired to genes, research says

Coffee craving may be hard-wired to genes, research says

If you’re reading this while sipping your second — or more — cup of coffee today, blame it on your genes. Scientists say they’ve identified…
Not so sweet news: Doctors set new limits for kids' sugar intake

Not so sweet news: Doctors set new limits for kids' sugar intake

A group of heart doctors is calling on parents to stop indulging children's sweet tooths by curbing the amount of added sugars in their kids' diets.
Minneapolis massage therapist offers soothing touch to clients with cancer

Minneapolis massage therapist offers soothing touch to clients with cancer

Minneapolis massage therapist offers free services with a goal of relaxation and a supported immune system.
Minnesota library chronicles the history of natural cures

Minnesota library chronicles the history of natural cures

A local archive of home remedies offers a glimpse into centuries-old maladies and natural cures.
Feline fashion on display at the Cat Video Festival in St. Paul

Feline fashion on display at the Cat Video Festival in St. Paul

From knee socks emblazoned with cat tails to designer watches decorated with cat faces, even LBDs (little black dresses) with feline prints, the fashion on…
Local cats star as festival draws 10,000 humans to CHS Field

Local cats star as festival draws 10,000 humans to CHS Field

The majority of the clips shown at CHS Field were submitted by locals, organizers say.
What's up with the purple circles on Olympic athletes?

What's up with the purple circles on Olympic athletes?

Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps and other athletes are certainly making their mark. Large circular bruises are the tell-tale signs of a healing technique called "cupping."
Why do women have orgasms? The science behind 'I'll have what she's having'

Why do women have orgasms? The science behind 'I'll have what she's having'

It's a question that has stumped the greatest scientific minds throughout history: Why do women have orgasms?
65 march to St. Anthony-owned liquor store in police funding protest

65 march to St. Anthony-owned liquor store in police funding protest

Two municipal liquor stores closed early Saturday.
Youngest Peace Prize winner surprises her young Minneapolis fans

Youngest Peace Prize winner surprises her young Minneapolis fans

Malala Yousafzai followed in the evening by inspiring a much larger crowd, about 5,000 people — many of them girls — who packed Target Center to hear Yousafzai tell her life story.
Two sodas a day raises cancer risk, study finds

Two sodas a day raises cancer risk, study finds

Here's one more reason to consider cutting back on the soda: drinking too many sugary drinks on a daily basis has been linked to gallbladder cancer.
'What makes you happy?' Malala will respond to kids' questions at Mpls. speech

'What makes you happy?' Malala will respond to kids' questions at Mpls. speech

Nobel Peace Prize winner's Minneapolis appearance will include queries by three young Minnesotans.
Knowing the signs of heatstroke can save your life

Knowing the signs of heatstroke can save your life

These scorching dog days of summer are a reminder of the danger of heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the main medical problems that…
Can nail-biting and thumb-sucking be a healthy habit?

Can nail-biting and thumb-sucking be a healthy habit?

Good news for parents who have struggled to get their kids to take their fingers out of their mouths: nail biting and thumb-sucking might have…
Why recent heavy rain in the Twin Cities means mosquitoes are on their way

Why recent heavy rain in the Twin Cities means mosquitoes are on their way

Despite an arid spring that kept the number of mosquitoes in Minnesota down this summer, recent downpours in parts of the Twin Cities have caused a sizable new crop of skeeters to hatch.
Watching your waistline? Poor hydration linked to obesity, study finds

Watching your waistline? Poor hydration linked to obesity, study finds

Watching your waistline? Pay attention to how thirsty you are, suggests a new study that found a link between poor hydration and obesity.
4 in 10 popular sunscreens fail to protect skin, study says

4 in 10 popular sunscreens fail to protect skin, study says

A whopping 40 percent of the most-popular sunscreens do not adequately protect against sun damage, new research shows. And on top of that, consumers…
How to pick the right sunscreen — and which ones to avoid

How to pick the right sunscreen — and which ones to avoid

With hundreds of sunscreen options on the market, making a choice can be mystifying and frustrating. Nearly 75% of products tested this year offered inadequate protection or contained harmful ingredients.
Snacking on nuts, fruits and veggies can help older women remain active

Snacking on nuts, fruits and veggies can help older women remain active

Women who eat a healthy diet are more likely to be free of physical limitations as they grow older, a new study says. Published recently…
Swimmer's itch is getting under Minnesotans' skin

Swimmer's itch is getting under Minnesotans' skin

An early ice-out on Minnesota lakes has led to an advance outbreak of swimmer's itch — an uncomfortable but harmless skin rash.
Yearly pelvic exams might not be needed after all for healthy women

Yearly pelvic exams might not be needed after all for healthy women

The annual pelvic exam — an invasive procedure that many women dread — may not be necessary for healthy women after all, a federal health task force advises.
Doctors rarely test young men for HIV, CDC reports

Doctors rarely test young men for HIV, CDC reports

Young men who visit their doctor every year may get routinely tested for many things — but HIV is often not one of them, a study has discovered.
Parents' comments on girls' weight can backfire

Parents' comments on girls' weight can backfire

Parents should stay mum when it comes to talking about their daughter’s weight or she may suffer from future weight problems, new research shows. Young…
West Nile? Zika? Your immune system might make viruses worse

West Nile? Zika? Your immune system might make viruses worse

A virus hiding in the saliva of a mosquito can hijack your body's first-responder cells and take a ride throughout your body.
Minnesota 'forest bathers' turn to Mother Nature for healing

Minnesota 'forest bathers' turn to Mother Nature for healing

"Forest bathers" head for the woods in search of a natural cure for the stresses of modern life.
Fear stalks Minnesota Muslims as anti-Islam feeling builds

Fear stalks Minnesota Muslims as anti-Islam feeling builds

Minnesota Muslims face backlash from terror incidents, campaign rhetoric.
Obit: Carleton College professor expert on India history

Obit: Carleton College professor expert on India history

Eleanor Zelliot, who inspired hundreds to learn about the history of South and Southeast Asia, died June 5 at her home in Randolph, Minn. She was 89 and had Parkinson's disease and multiple myeloma, said her longtime friend, Rosemary Moore.
How much sleep does a child need? New guidelines spell it out

How much sleep does a child need? New guidelines spell it out

Lack of sleep can make children cranky, as all parents know, but exactly how much shut-eye do kids need?
Study: Fast casual spots like Panera, Chipotle dish up more calories than fast food

Study: Fast casual spots like Panera, Chipotle dish up more calories than fast food

When it comes to fast food vs. fast casual restaurants, which one serves up more calories? The answer, according to a recent study weighing in…
You are what you post: Eating disorders rise with social media use

You are what you post: Eating disorders rise with social media use

According to a new study, social media junkies are more likely than their less social peers of developing body image and eating disorders.
You can save a life: How to perform the Heimlich maneuver

You can save a life: How to perform the Heimlich maneuver

We asked Dr. Stephen Dunlop at Hennepin County Medical Center for some tips on how to administer the maneuver when you suspect someone is choking.
Health study is a win for the cry babies

Health study is a win for the cry babies

Here's some good news for parents desperate for a good night's sleep: it's OK to let your babies cry themselves back to sleep. Really.
A busy schedule may aid the aging brain, new study shows

A busy schedule may aid the aging brain, new study shows

Keeping up with the hectic pace of modern life can be a real headache, but all that busyness also might be healthy for your brain.
Exercise tied to lower risk for many cancers

Exercise tied to lower risk for many cancers

Need another reason to hit the gym more often? It may help you stay cancer-free.
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