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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…

Difference in male vs. female brains is not what you think, study finds

  The brain, it appears, is not a battleground for the battle of the sexes. That’s because there is no such thing as a ‘male…
Quitting Facebook makes you happier, study says

Quitting Facebook makes you happier, study says

Other studies have shown a link between Facebook and symptoms of depression.
Being HIV-positive is no longer considered a death sentence

Being HIV-positive is no longer considered a death sentence

People with HIV are living longer thanks to medical advances, but many still face a public stigma.

Why gratitude is good medicine

Here’s something to remember this Thanksgiving and beyond — being thankful is a real health booster. Gratitude has been the focus of a flurry of…
Cooking red meat at lower temps could reduce cancer risks

Cooking red meat at lower temps could reduce cancer risks

Good news, burger lovers. That scary cancer warning from the World Health Organization about eating red meat and processed foods might have a silver lining…
Now hear this (if you still can after that loud workout music)

Now hear this (if you still can after that loud workout music)

A booming soundtrack at your gym may help you power through workouts, but at what cost to your ears?
When men dine with women, they pig out to impress

When men dine with women, they pig out to impress

The study's authors suggest that men overeat as a show of strength to a potential mate.
Sore muscles? Tired? Depressed? Come into the cold with cryotherapy

Sore muscles? Tired? Depressed? Come into the cold with cryotherapy

The total body deep freeze is the new, albeit controversial, alternative therapy for treating muscle soreness and other ailments.
Just 1 energy drink a day could increase heart risk, Mayo researcher says

Just 1 energy drink a day could increase heart risk, Mayo researcher says

How's this for a jolt: Young adults who drink even just one energy drink may increase their risk of heart disease.
Minnesota hospitals, clinics find nasal flu vaccine in short supply

Minnesota hospitals, clinics find nasal flu vaccine in short supply

An unexpected flu complication during busy flu season — there's not enough FluMist to go around.
To your health: A walk a day keeps the heart doctor away

To your health: A walk a day keeps the heart doctor away

  Take steps to protect your heart by picking up the pace in your walking game. Brisk walks for just 20 minutes a day can…
Mediterranean Diet may protect against age-related brain atrophy, dementia, new study shows

Mediterranean Diet may protect against age-related brain atrophy, dementia, new study shows

Following a diet that is rich in fish oil might ward off dementia.
Inventor re-creates military history with Legos

Inventor re-creates military history with Legos

It may seem like child's play, but Dan Siskind's custom-design military kits are big business.
The great lice debate: More schools abolishing 'no-nit' policies

The great lice debate: More schools abolishing 'no-nit' policies

Talk of "super lice" and new policies raise questions over how schools in Minnesota and elsewhere handle the situation.
Day trip: Historic NE Mpls. mixes Old World charm with new hipness

Day trip: Historic NE Mpls. mixes Old World charm with new hipness

As far as urban enclaves go, historic northeast Minneapolis is one of the cool kids. This 7½-square-mile area of the city is a vibrant playground for foodies, artists and hipsters.
Hung over? Ran a marathon? Hydration therapy debuts in Twin Cities

Hung over? Ran a marathon? Hydration therapy debuts in Twin Cities

Hydration therapy — injecting fluids through an IV — offers thirst aid for the dehydrated masses, but does this trendy treatment really hold water?
Want to run better? Easy tips can make big strides

Want to run better? Easy tips can make big strides

We were born to run. So why would anyone need a lesson in something so primal? Turns out there's a market for learning how to run. Here are experts' tips on proper form.
Swim at your own risk as Minnesota lakes turn green

Swim at your own risk as Minnesota lakes turn green

Yes, there's icky stuff growing in the lakes this time of year. But that doesn't mean that we can't dive in.
Mayo Clinic doctor has your prescription for happiness

Mayo Clinic doctor has your prescription for happiness

A doctor at Rochester's Mayo Clinic believes that he has the prescription for happiness. He isn't arguing that we can buy happiness, but that we can achieve it.
Grown-ups need their booster shots, too

Grown-ups need their booster shots, too

At back-to-school time, parents dutifully head to the doctor's office to get their children immunized. But plenty of parents would be wise to roll up their own sleeves.
Gay teens have higher pregnancy rates than their straight peers

Gay teens have higher pregnancy rates than their straight peers

The counterintuitive finding from the latest statewide survey of student health determined that these young people are far more likely than their straight peers to become pregnant or have gotten someone pregnant.
The wizard of zzz: Advice on getting kids to sleep

The wizard of zzz: Advice on getting kids to sleep

Parents have new allies in their long-suffering struggle to get their children to bed: sleep coaches.
Senior athletes stay in the game by playing safe, smart

Senior athletes stay in the game by playing safe, smart

Age brings a loss of speed and strength, but adjustments can make it possible to play sports well into golden years.
Elders treat ills with mind-body medicine, native healing traditions

Elders treat ills with mind-body medicine, native healing traditions

The path to healing comes full circle for two Indian elders bringing mind-body medicine to their community.
When disaster strikes in Twin Cities, elite team springs into action

When disaster strikes in Twin Cities, elite team springs into action

Building collapses. Trench rescues. Confined space rescues. Grain elevator rescues. This team of emergency workers has seen it all.
Minnesota painter's art captures scenes of prewar Somalia

Minnesota painter's art captures scenes of prewar Somalia

Local artist paints scenes of Somali life and struggle in his vibrant works.
Eek! Take this quiz to learn to protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease

Eek! Take this quiz to learn to protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease

You know that sinking feeling. The one you get when you discover that new mole isn't actually a mole — it's a tick! Test your tick knowledge with a quiz designed to keep you bite-free this summer.
Eek! Take this quiz to protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease

Eek! Take this quiz to protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease

Test your tick knowledge with a quiz designed to keep you bite-free this summer.
How Minnesotan are you? Take our mosquito quizzzzz

How Minnesotan are you? Take our mosquito quizzzzz

How much do you really know about our "state bird" – the ever-annoying and potentially dangerous mosquito?
Flash-mob-style fitness group using Mpls. as playground

Flash-mob-style fitness group using Mpls. as playground

There's no fee to join the latest extreme fitness club in town. Instead, to become a member of this underground movement — known as the November Project — you need only follow these simple rules: Show up, work so hard you might puke and hug like you mean it.
Flash-mob-style fitness group blowing up in Mpls.

Flash-mob-style fitness group blowing up in Mpls.

A movement of workout warriors takes over the city – guerrilla-style – every week with extreme challenges and extreme hugging.
Sept. 21, 2014: Slick videos, social media lure Minnesotans

Sept. 21, 2014: Slick videos, social media lure Minnesotans

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has zeroed in on Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the country, as a target-rich recruiting ground for fighters.
5 ways to boost your brain health, from 'neurobics' to walnuts

5 ways to boost your brain health, from 'neurobics' to walnuts

Advances in technology have enabled scientists to explore the brain as never before — and they're making bold discoveries. The new thinking is that our brains are malleable and capable of building new connections between nerve cells, even as we grow older.
Food psychologist Traci Mann spills secrets from the eating lab

Food psychologist Traci Mann spills secrets from the eating lab

A star psychologist craves answers to the toughest food dilemmas we face in our daily lives.
Ranking the most dangerous toys for kids

Ranking the most dangerous toys for kids

You’d better watch out: Some of the toys that bring joy to children can also send them to the hospital. In the latest ranking of…
A new debate is swirling around high-fat foods

A new debate is swirling around high-fat foods

"No fat, low fat, good fat, bad fat": A chorus of voices is challenging the belief that high-fat foods are unhealthy
Desire for a 'natural' cure drives demand for supplements

Desire for a 'natural' cure drives demand for supplements

It's a massive industry despite the scant evidence of efficacy.
5 surprises from 'We Are Hmong Minnesota' at MN History Center

5 surprises from 'We Are Hmong Minnesota' at MN History Center

Forty years of Hmong life is captured in one of the largest exhibits of its kind at the Minnesota History Center.
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