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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.
Popular painkiller may also blunt empathy, new study indicates

Popular painkiller may also blunt empathy, new study indicates

One of the most popular painkillers on the market may reduce not only our own hurt — it also might dull a sense of others' pain.
Minnesota's first 'little lama' studies Buddhist faith (and loves Pokemon)

Minnesota's first 'little lama' studies Buddhist faith (and loves Pokemon)

A Minnesota boy believed by many to be a reincarnated lama takes a key step along his predestined path.
Minnesota man takes mission for clean drinking water to Cuba

Minnesota man takes mission for clean drinking water to Cuba

Already, the new water filtration system built by Minnesota volunteers for the people of Cuba is a hit."They keep running out of water," said Hector…
Sunscreen tied to a marked reduction in skin cancer, up to 80%

Sunscreen tied to a marked reduction in skin cancer, up to 80%

The rates of melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — have doubled in the last 30 years, but finally there's some good news to report.
Mayo Clinic parasite researcher is ticked off by her work

Mayo Clinic parasite researcher is ticked off by her work

Others may cringe, but a Minnesota doctor delights in the strange allure of parasites.
Can an aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay?

Can an aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay?

Minnesota doctors weigh in on the latest federal guidelines on who should take daily aspirin.
Now hear this: Could listening to yourself chew reduce how much you eat?

Now hear this: Could listening to yourself chew reduce how much you eat?

New research suggests that the ability to hear ourselves chewing our food is an important cue that lets us know when we're full.
This is your brain on LSD

This is your brain on LSD

In a first, scientists can now see how the psychedelic drug compound, LSD, impacts brain activity.
The more money you make, the longer you live, study finds

The more money you make, the longer you live, study finds

The ever-widening income gap between the richest and poorest among us is also creating an expansive yawn in life expectancy.
Obituary: U Prof. John E. Rynders wrote the book on early education for children with Down syndrome

Obituary: U Prof. John E. Rynders wrote the book on early education for children with Down syndrome

Forty years ago, parents of babies with Down syndrome were often advised to put them in an institution. Then along came John E. Rynders, a…
Wearing contact lenses may disturb eye bacteria

Wearing contact lenses may disturb eye bacteria

Those lenses you rely on to help you see might be altering more than just your vision — they also might be changing the composition of bacteria on the surface of your eyes.
Here's what the Zika virus looks like

Here's what the Zika virus looks like

Using advanced technology that enables them to see the tiniest of objects, a team of researchers at Purdue University was able to get a detailed look at the virus structure.
Could there be a vegetarian gene? New study finds possible genetic evolution.

Could there be a vegetarian gene? New study finds possible genetic evolution.

Those who favor a plant-based diet may be hardwired that way.
Less than 3 percent of Americans have 'healthy lifestyle'

Less than 3 percent of Americans have 'healthy lifestyle'

If living healthy was a class, the vast majority of us would be flunking, a recent study found. Do you meet all four benchmarks for a healthy lifestyle?

Study finds a day's worth of sugar in one serving of kids' fruit juices

The amount of sugar in many fruit juices and drinks made for children is “unacceptably high,” a British study says. Scientists at the University of…
Study offers possiblity that 'lost' memories in Alzheimer's patients can be found

Study offers possiblity that 'lost' memories in Alzheimer's patients can be found

New research offers a tantalizing hope that memory loss — a signature and heartbreaking symptom of Alzheimer's Disease — may be reversed one day.
Are standing desks really helping your health? Evidence is weak.

Are standing desks really helping your health? Evidence is weak.

The evidence that trendy sit-stand desks make you healthier is weak, according to a review of major studies on the subject.
Do fitness monitors really help you improve your fitness?

Do fitness monitors really help you improve your fitness?

Fitness monitors aim to improve health by boosting activity, but accuracy and motivation questions remain.

High-speed chase in Dodge Center, Minn., involves police cars, cement truck

A juvenile driver suspected of stealing a cement truck led police on an unusual high-speed chase through Dodge County on Sunday.Police originally tried to stop…

Rise in ADHD diagnoses might be tied to the timing of the exams, study finds

A new study on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is generating a lot of discussion because of its revelatory finding — that August-born children are at…
Want to quit smoking? Cold turkey approach works best, study says

Want to quit smoking? Cold turkey approach works best, study says

After four weeks, 49 percent of the people who abruptly stopped smoking stuck with it, compared with 39 percent of those who quit gradually.
Scientists find genetic culprit primarily responsible for graying hair

Scientists find genetic culprit primarily responsible for graying hair

A gene has been known to play a role in determining hair color, but it is now believed to be linked to a loss of pigmentation in hair that happens as we age.

Putting the focus on rare diseases

The arrival of Feb. 29 on Monday was more than just an aberration in the calendar for some people.On leap day — the rarest of…

Transgender kids have better mental health when free to be themselves, study finds

Transgender children whose parents allow them to live out their chosen gender identity tend to do as well psychologically as other children, new research shows.

Leap Day shines a spotlight on 'rare diseases'

Breast cancer has Pinktober, men’s health owns Mo-vember and heart disease prevention reigns in February. But on this Leap Day — the rarest of days…
Mayo to livestream a colonoscopy to boost screenings

Mayo to livestream a colonoscopy to boost screenings

Live from Rochester, Minn. it’s … a colonoscopy. The Mayo Clinic is jumping into the emerging trend of livestreaming medical procedures via the mobile app…

Sharp drop in cancer-causing HPV rates since vaccine

Far fewer teen girls and young women have been infected with the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) since a vaccine that protects against the virus was first introduced a decade ago.
A Mediterranean diet for the mind

A Mediterranean diet for the mind

Think about it – eating better can contribute to a healthier brain.
What skinny people do to stay that way (hint: they don't diet)

What skinny people do to stay that way (hint: they don't diet)

The secret to staying thin and healthy may surprise you: It rarely involves dieting.
'Concussion' doctor played by Will Smith tackled CTE in football players head-on

'Concussion' doctor played by Will Smith tackled CTE in football players head-on

Dr. Bennet Omalu faced ridicule for trying to make people aware of risks of high-impact contact sports.

New evidence documents meditation's effect on the brain

Something to be mindful of: new research offers proof that mindfulness meditation training can alter the body for better health. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University…

Cat videos lend a paw to stop-smoking campaign

In yet another sign of the power of cat videos, an ad warning young smokers about the health dangers of secondhand smoke for their cats…
Anti-smoking campaign's newest weapon: Cat video stars

Anti-smoking campaign's newest weapon: Cat video stars

In yet another sign of the power of cat videos, an ad warning young smokers about the health dangers of secondhand smoke for their cats and featuring some of the biggest Internet cat video stars is creating quite a buzz.
Hopkins mom and fitness buff joins 'American Ninja Warrior' spinoff

Hopkins mom and fitness buff joins 'American Ninja Warrior' spinoff

The obstacle-running phenomenon is expected to make her first appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday on Esquire Network's "Team Ninja Warrior," a spinoff of the popular "American Ninja Warrior" TV show.
Why first heart attacks are more deadly for women

Why first heart attacks are more deadly for women

Women are more likely than men to die within a year of having their first heart attack.
Is dementia on the decline? Research suggests it might be

Is dementia on the decline? Research suggests it might be

Despite fears that the coming silver tsunami will trigger a dementia epidemic, a surprising new study suggests that it may be possible to delay — or even prevent — some kinds of dementia.
New strain of Lyme disease has different symptoms that could hinder diagnosis

New strain of Lyme disease has different symptoms that could hinder diagnosis

Mayo researchers have discovered a new strain of Lyme disease that is raising concerns because it does not produce the bull's-eye rash that typically alerts people to the condition.
Hockey on one wheel: Unicyclists put a true Minnesota spin on hockey

Hockey on one wheel: Unicyclists put a true Minnesota spin on hockey

What do you get when you combine the state of hockey with the nation's largest unicycle club? Why, unicycle hockey, of course.
Non-Muslim Minnesotans donning hijab to show their support

Non-Muslim Minnesotans donning hijab to show their support

The movement is turning heads at a time when many Muslims in Minnesota and elsewhere feel under siege. But hijab solidarity is drawing plenty of critics, too.
Pot smoking as young adult may lead to memory problems in middle age

Pot smoking as young adult may lead to memory problems in middle age

The longer you smoke pot and the earlier you start smoking it, the more likely you are to have problems recalling words in middle age.…

Exercise is the best Rx for back pain

A report suggests that the best remedy for back pain is also the one least often prescribed by doctors — exercise. Researchers at the University…
Why are death rates rising for middle-age white Americans?

Why are death rates rising for middle-age white Americans?

The mortality rate for middle-age white Americans is going up — contrary to what's happening with everyone else in the world — and a provocative new report explores why.

Exercise best Rx for back pain, research finds

A report suggests that the best remedy for back pain is also the one least-often prescribed by doctors — exercise. Researchers at the University of…
Dating app Tinder adds STD testing locator after feud with AIDS foundation

Dating app Tinder adds STD testing locator after feud with AIDS foundation

Tinder, the popular dating app, has added a new feature: information on where to go to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The new service…

Tinder adding STD information

Tinder, the popular dating app, has added a new feature: information on where to go to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The new service…
Skipping lunch? Your doctor wants you to think again

Skipping lunch? Your doctor wants you to think again

The lunch break at work is becoming a relic of the past — a trend some doctors warn is making us unhealthy.
Snooze your way to better health

Snooze your way to better health

New research suggests that catching up on sleep after several nights of missed Zs may help counter the risk of developing diabetes linked to sleep deprivation.
Hopkins woman to compete on 'Ninja Warrior' spinoff

Hopkins woman to compete on 'Ninja Warrior' spinoff

Jennifer Tavernier, who goes by the name Minneninja on the show, was invited to compete on the new show after serving as a "tester" on the original series.
Growth of ClassPass fuels Twin Cities' gym-hopping trend

Growth of ClassPass fuels Twin Cities' gym-hopping trend

Twin Cities area gym-hoppers are shaking up the local fitness scene, enabled by ClassPass.
Age of first-time moms in U.S. at its highest; now around 26

Age of first-time moms in U.S. at its highest; now around 26

Moms in Minnesota and around the country are waiting longer than ever to have their first baby.
Digital devices taking toll on our eyes; remember to blink often

Digital devices taking toll on our eyes; remember to blink often

If you’re reading this on your smartphone, tablet or computer, be sure to blink a few times. Your eyes will thank you. Americans are spending…

Social interaction is key to better health

Being social makes you healthier, according to research on the importance of social networks.While previous studies have revealed that older adults with strong social ties…
Nation's first vegan butcher shop to open in Minneapolis

Nation's first vegan butcher shop to open in Minneapolis

The growing appetite for meatless meals driven largely by health and environmental concerns will soon reach a new milestone: The country's first vegan butcher shop is opening in Minneapolis.
Lack of deep sleep may pave way for Alzheimer's, researchers say

Lack of deep sleep may pave way for Alzheimer's, researchers say

Forget about needing beauty sleep. It's your brain that may suffer the most from a lack of deep shut eye.
Home births on the rise; healthier for mother, riskier for baby

Home births on the rise; healthier for mother, riskier for baby

The debate over whether to give birth at home or in a hospital just got thornier. New research indicates that the risk of death for…
Obituary: Elaine Sorensen, 77, English teacher and raccoon rescuer

Obituary: Elaine Sorensen, 77, English teacher and raccoon rescuer

Elaine Sorensen lived to take care of others. A longtime English teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools, she introduced many of her students to mythology…
New research finds 'fat but fit' probably a myth

New research finds 'fat but fit' probably a myth

Here’s one more reason to keep that New Year’s resolution to lose weight: your survival may depend on it. New research suggests that people who…
Holidays aren't so happy for women's hearts

Holidays aren't so happy for women's hearts

Heightened stress during the holidays can lead to heart problems — especially for women, according to a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute-Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Brain scans show long-term effects of heavy drinking

Brain scans show long-term effects of heavy drinking

Studies using brain scans show chronic heavy drinking causes shrinking of the brain's frontal cortex — the home of higher-order thinking skills.
Minnesota doctors offer two takes on concussion debate

Minnesota doctors offer two takes on concussion debate

Should youth contact sports get a timeout amid growing concerns about concussions? Local doctors weigh in on the debate.

Anatomy of a concussion

  How do you know if you’ve had a concussion? If you don’t know the signs, it can be a difficult diagnosis. While broken bones…
Can you be fat and fit?

Can you be fat and fit?

Exercise does a body good, but new research suggests it does less good for obese bodies.
Brain scans may reveal who has 'Christmas spirit' and who's a Scrooge

Brain scans may reveal who has 'Christmas spirit' and who's a Scrooge

Which one are you: full of the Christmas spirit or Ebenezer Scrooge? The answer, new research suggests, lies inside our brains, where we have a…

Go ahead, get grump: Scientists say happiness may not extend your life

Here's something for grumps to be happy about: Being unhappy is not going to shorten your life.Research published in the well-known medical journal Lancet debunks…

Secret to living to 100 may be hidden in genes

Why do some people live to a ripe old age and stay healthy, while others don't?The answer may lie in their genes.New research examining the…
You don't have to pig out at the holidays

You don't have to pig out at the holidays

The holiday urge to eat, drink and be merry can lead to regrets when you step on the scale.
Healing words: Bob Dylan lyrics inspire medical writings

Healing words: Bob Dylan lyrics inspire medical writings

The Minnesota-born music legend's poetic lyrics apparently are music to the ears of medical researchers, who love to quote him in their work.

Being a grump won't shorten your life, study says

Here’s something for grumps to be happy about: Being unhappy is not going to shorten your life. Research published in the well-known medical journal Lancet…
A few drinks may keep Alzheimer's death away

A few drinks may keep Alzheimer's death away

People with early Alzheimer's disease have something new to toast to: raising their glasses moderately may actually help them live longer.
How to calm a crying baby instantly

How to calm a crying baby instantly

It's called "The Hold" and it's being lauded for its seemingly miraculous success at getting babies to stop crying instantly. Watch the video.

Study: Does living alone make you thinner?

Score one for the singles crowd. People who live alone tend to be thinner than married couples or co-habitors, according to research out of Western…

Too much TV tied to brain decline

TV binge-watching might be bad for your brain. Young adults who spend a lot of time as couch potatoes tend to lose some brain power…
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