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Allie Shah

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Allie Shah writes about healthy living and wellness issues.
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Twin Cities book clubs are having a 'senior' moment

Twin Cities book clubs are having a 'senior' moment

Reading and socializing may help reduce the health risks of social isolation, making book clubs a hit with Minnesotans in senior homes.
Full-scale Hogwarts comes to life for Harry Potter fans in Minnetonka

Full-scale Hogwarts comes to life for Harry Potter fans in Minnetonka

You can tour the ultimate Harry Potter experience created by a Minnetonka business owner for her daughter's college graduation.
Women's hands really are colder than men's, scientists confirm

Women's hands really are colder than men's, scientists confirm

Using thermal images, University of Utah researchers compared the hands of men and women, and found that women's hands typically run 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit colder than men's.
Despite major risks, Minnesota teens embracing DIY tattoos

Despite major risks, Minnesota teens embracing DIY tattoos

Hand-poked body art is going mainstream, worrying health experts.
Robbinsdale nurse heads to beloved Puerto Rico to help after hurricane

Robbinsdale nurse heads to beloved Puerto Rico to help after hurricane

"My heart was getting pulled," said the former Broadway dancer, who has traveled often to the island. "I thought, 'I've got to do something.' "
For parents, monitoring their kids online raises all sorts of conflicting feelings

For parents, monitoring their kids online raises all sorts of conflicting feelings

Most parents monitor teens' digital lives, but where does it become an invasion of privacy?

Hunter, 16, found shot to death in northern Minnesota deer stand

A 16-year-old deer hunter was found dead in his deer stand Saturday — the victim of a gunshot wound, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said.

3 hurt, 2 of them seriously, in multivehicle crash on I-35W in Bloomington

Two people were seriously injured in a multiple-vehicle car crash Friday night in Bloomington, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Minnesota dentists will donate your Halloween candy to U.S. troops, give you voucher for veggies

Minnesota dentists will donate your Halloween candy to U.S. troops, give you voucher for veggies

HealthPartners' annual candy exchange aims to set record.
In opioid epidemic, children are becoming the unseen victims

In opioid epidemic, children are becoming the unseen victims

Many kids of addicted parents have been orphaned or sent to live in foster homes or with relatives. Those who stay at home must fend for themselves.
Minnesota 'water walker' hopes to save waterways from contamination

Minnesota 'water walker' hopes to save waterways from contamination

Every step is a prayer for an Ojibwe woman who leads "water walks" to call attention to pollution in rivers, lakes and oceans.
Minnesota's Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity

Minnesota's Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity

Two local Native Americans are leaders in a grass-roots movement to improve Native health by reviving the active ways of their ancestors.
Thomas Vennum Jr., who helped document Ojibwe music, dies at 82

Thomas Vennum Jr., who helped document Ojibwe music, dies at 82

From an early age, music and Madeline Island figured prominently in the life of Thomas Vennum Jr. As a student at Blake School, he played…
Five signs of prescription drug abuse

Five signs of prescription drug abuse

Two Minnesota doctors on the front lines of the opioid epidemic describe the telltale warning signs of addiction to prescription painkillers.
Heads up: The hottest way to treat lice catches on in Minnesota

Heads up: The hottest way to treat lice catches on in Minnesota

One way to get rid of a louse-y problem is to heat the critters until they dry out. Concerns about chemical-resistant "super lice" are increasing demand for this method.
Parental angst over HPV vaccine leads to fewer Minnesotans getting the shot

Parental angst over HPV vaccine leads to fewer Minnesotans getting the shot

Despite exhortations about reducing cancer, many parents remain hesitant about HPV vaccine.
Minnesota's pioneering Muslim model featured in new Nike ad campaign

Minnesota's pioneering Muslim model featured in new Nike ad campaign

The 19-year-old who has challenged attitudes about the wearing of hijabs has broken yet another barrier — this time appearing in a new Nike ad campaign for a sneaker.
Minneapolis father-daughter team tackle teens and tech use

Minneapolis father-daughter team tackle teens and tech use

A father-daughter research team offers guidance for parenting teens in the digital age.
A day later, eclipse watchers ask: Did I hurt my eyes?

A day later, eclipse watchers ask: Did I hurt my eyes?

Symptoms of eye damage from the sun include blurriness and spotty vision.
Blind Minnesota painter's art created from her 'mind's eye'

Blind Minnesota painter's art created from her 'mind's eye'

Sounds, smells and memories inspire a Burnsville artist's vivid paintings, now on display.
Icky truth: Blowing out birthday candles causes huge spike in bacteria on cake

Icky truth: Blowing out birthday candles causes huge spike in bacteria on cake

Blowing out birthday candles causes an astronomical increase in bacteria covering the cake, a new study says.
What to look for in a personal trainer

What to look for in a personal trainer

Tips on how to find a trainer that fits your needs.
Brave or dangerous? Graphic anorexia images in Netflix's 'To the Bone' spark debate

Brave or dangerous? Graphic anorexia images in Netflix's 'To the Bone' spark debate

"To the Bone" fuels debate over whether graphic portrayal of eating disorders is safe for young viewers.
New U of M project to limit C-sections is showing success

New U of M project to limit C-sections is showing success

New project at the University of Minnesota aims to reduce the rate of C-section births among first-time moms.
Almost 3% of state teens identify as transgender or gender nonconforming

Almost 3% of state teens identify as transgender or gender nonconforming

"It is much higher than what I was expecting," said the study's lead researcher at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Why we get brain freeze when eating ice cream — and tips for avoiding it

Why we get brain freeze when eating ice cream — and tips for avoiding it

We all scream for ice cream, but sometimes snarfing down a cold treat in a hurry makes us scream — in agony.
Overweight Minnesotans are among those who are ditching the diet

Overweight Minnesotans are among those who are ditching the diet

Fewer people are trying to lose weight amid a backlash against dieting and growing acceptance of being fat.
Carl Kroening, staunch supporter of Minneapolis schools and parks, dies at 89

Carl Kroening, staunch supporter of Minneapolis schools and parks, dies at 89

The longtime Minneapolis educator and legislator died June 29 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center following a stroke, said his daughter.
Tick alarmism is overstated in Minnesota, experts reassure

Tick alarmism is overstated in Minnesota, experts reassure

Warnings about an explosion in tick populations didn't pan out here.
Deep relaxation is the hot remedy for preventing and curing symptoms of stress

Deep relaxation is the hot remedy for preventing and curing symptoms of stress

Deep relaxation is hot as a remedy for pain, anxiety and other symptoms of modern life stress.
7 ways Minnesota hospitals are becoming more homelike

7 ways Minnesota hospitals are becoming more homelike

Minnesota hospital leaders who recognize that a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere can support a speedy recovery are rethinking the way patient rooms look and feel.
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.
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