More from the Homepage
Staff Directory 10645941

Allie Shah

Reporter | Features
phone: 612-673-4488
Allie Shah writes about healthy living and wellness issues.
Recent content from Allie Shah
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…
Don't let the heat wave make you sick

Don't let the heat wave make you sick

Doctors offer tips to prevent and treat heat-related illnesses.
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.

Ready, set, swat: Here come the mosquitoes in the Twin Cities

Recent storms brought heavy rains, creating ripe conditions for more mosquitoes.
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.
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…
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.
More from Star Tribune