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How much do you really know about our “state bird” – the ever-annoying and potentially dangerous mosquito?
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.
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.
A movement of workout warriors takes over the city – guerrilla-style – every week with extreme challenges and extreme hugging.
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.
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.
A star psychologist craves answers to the toughest food dilemmas we face in our daily lives.
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…
“No fat, low fat, good fat, bad fat”: A chorus of voices is challenging the belief that high-fat foods are unhealthy
It’s a massive industry despite the scant evidence of efficacy.
Forty years of Hmong life is captured in one of the largest exhibits of its kind at the Minnesota History Center.
Cat love was on full display Saturday at the Saintly City Cat Show in St. Paul, drawing more than 100 cat owners and hundreds of…
This weekend’s Saintly City Cat Show in St. Paul will be quite the beauty pageant — one in which contestants with furry armpits and whiskers are the norm.
More than 100 cats from across the country will show their stuff at this weekend contest.
When you're feeling sick, answering the "What do I have?" question is key to knowing when to use antibiotics. But nailing it down is tricky.
The body’s “power plants” multiply with bursts of intense exercise, new fitness book explains.
Not since 2006 has there been this much talk about the highly contagious disease with the funny name — mumps. The infection has garnered…
The current vaccine packs less punch against this year’s virus, but still is worth it.
Can we really feel changes in the weather in our bones? While some dismiss the claims as nothing more than folklore, scientists are working to find out if there is a link between weather and pain.
A Twin Cities area Wonder Woman pumps up a sisterhood of female powerlifters. In person and online, she makes lifting look, well, glamorous.
A Minneapolis mom’s Instagram account is driving the movement to erase the stigma of openly breast-feeding.
Though both are deadly, flu is on the list of top 10 killers in the United States every year.
Dr. Michael Howell works in the world of parasomnia — a bizarre and potentially dangerous category of sleep behaviors that range from sleepwalking to sleep fighting to sleep smoking and sleep driving.
Instead of waiting weeks for a next scheduled appointment, patients can stop in at a moment’s notice to see a psychiatrist at the Hennepin County Mental Health Center., which is on the cutting edge of a movement to deliver mental health care quickly and conveniently — mirroring the minute-clinic model for flu and colds.
19-year-old St. Paul woman has left to help wounded terrorists, according to a family member.
Between 20-30 Somalis may have conspired to join terrorists.
Far from access to natural maple syrup, wild rice and game available Up North, the residents at Little Earth of United Tribes — a south Minneapolis low-income housing complex — are finding new old ways to grow crops that existed long before European settlers arrived.
The FBI is looking into the possibility that a Twin Cities Somali man was killed in Syria fighting with terrorists.
A controversial report on hand hygiene in clinics and hospitals puts shaking hands with your doctor under the microscope.
Resiliency, the ability to bounce back quickly and completely from setbacks, is taking on new significance as a component to overall health.
A surprising medical condition might explain why some longtime couples die as they lived – together. Doctors even have a not-so-subtle name for it: broken heart syndrome.
Coconut is making a big comeback from its bad-for-you reputation to a homeopathic cure-all. But does it really do everything people think?
$830 million settlement puts new focus on pelvic organ prolapse.
St. Paul police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Saturday evening in a St. Paul apartment building. Police said Sunday…
Two investigators – working side by side, out of the limelight – search for clues to identify the offenders that attack unsuspecting sinuses.
As evidence of its effectiveness grows, more doctors are prescribing meditation to help boost the body’s healing powers.
Video doctor appointments are emerging as a more convenient way to diagnose and treat minor ailments, but skeptics caution there’s no substitute for the old-fashioned office visit.
Our obsession with staying connected may be turning us into the hunchbacks of the digital age -- the more time we spend hunched over our smartphones, the more our necks hurt.
Some counselors are mixing movement with traditional talk therapy in hopes of getting clients to open up.
This Minneapolis church lady, a retired school nurse, practices what she preaches : the gospel of good health.
Ken Lehmann is taking his Alzheimer’s diagnosis very seriously: He’s making a game of it. Three and a half years ago, the retired furniture executive…
Genetic testing brings sci-fi to real life for patients seeking answers to their ailments. But do you really want to know?
For Stacie Clark, the road to fitness stardom has been especially long. The 40-year-old trainer has spent years getting other people in killer shape. Now…
A second body was found Friday morning in the wreckage of a Minneapolis apartment building that exploded and burned on New Year’s Day.
Two survivors recall jumping to safety during the New Year’s Day fire in Minneapolis.
NONFICTION: A keen insight into Pakistan’s past, present and future.
Reading and responding to text messages while asleep — called “sleep texting” — is an abnormal sleep behavior, similar to sleepwalking. It’s also a growing concern among doctors grappling with a sleep-deprived population: young people who can’t be separated from their cellphones.
Can an app help you stop smoking or lose weight? More people are “gaming” their path to living a healthier life.
Scientists are learning more about the disease, but there’s no foolproof tool to protect us. Try this quiz to see what your risk factor is for getting flu.
Using unorthodox methods, University of Minnesota kinesiology professor Thomas Stoffregen is questioning everything we know about motion sickness.
Salt therapy, an old-fashioned treatment for respiratory illnesses and skin problems, is making a comeback.
The cookie, chock full of sugar and fat, stimulated the “pleasure center” in rats more than cocaine.
Somali-American Barkhad Abdirahman is one of many locals planning to show up for Saturday's open call for African-born men, women and children to audition for a role in "Capt. Phillips," a Tom Hanks film about pirates.
Five years after bitter debate over an upstart terror group divided their Minnesota community, Somalis stand against Al-Shabab.
A touring college is bringing “rock star” professors to the Twin Cities for a day of evocative classes.
Companies embrace stretching programs to prevent workplace injuries – but are they worth it?
Pushing a loved one to diet may do more harm than good.
We hear them referenced all the time on TV and at the doctor. So why haven’t some of us memorized the five essential numbers that can reveal our true health?
Women’s Health magazine crowned Plymouth personal trainer Stacie Clark, 40, the winner of its months-long search for the ultimate fitness trainer to star in an upcoming DVD fitness series.
With as many as 70 million Americans reporting trouble sleeping, health officials have redoubled efforts to unlock the mysteries of this essential bodily function.
Next Steps, a St. Paul running club for homeless people, aims to transform lives one step at a time.
Want to maximize your health? Here are the best times to eat, sleep, exercise – and do everything else.
Getting our daily habits in sync with our natural body clock can help us live healthier. We culled advice from multiple wellness experts to determine…
Placing sleeping babies on their backs has cut the SIDS rate in half, but are back-sleeping babies able to roll over properly? The answer, according to a new study, is yes.
Ready to cover up? A major overhaul of sunscreen labels is hitting store shelves.
A growing body of evidence supports the idea that sweating is better than resting after cancer. The workouts both restore energy drained from cancer treatments and, in some cases, help prevent the disease’s return.
These smartphone apps are beginning to change the way some people manage their seasonal allergies, which afflict up to 25 percent of the population.
The Hollywood icon’s disclosure about her cancer worries fuels discussion, but raises concerns about overestimating the risks.
A groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why fat storage shifts from a woman's hips and thighs to the abdomen after menopause: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat.
Allie Shah: Though my visit was professional, the experience was also deeply personal. I longed to reconnect with the land my parents left in the late 1960s to pursue the American dream.
A doctor some call the “Mother Teresa of Somalia” is inspiring Minnesota Somalis to help their homeland.
Hennepin County Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Program, which opens Monday, will help moms with postpartum depression focuses on building bonds and community.
Jared Sieling of Maple Grove is part of a rapidly growing “quantified self” movement — the practice of collecting data on everything from diet to blood sugar to sleep patterns and mood levels to optimize the body’s inner workings for optimum health.
Aided by political winds blowing in their favor, hundreds of young undocumented immigrants in Minnesota embrace newfound freedoms.
A photo exhibit of life in Tibet on display at the University of Minnesota this week has outraged local Tibetans who are now staging a…
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