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Allie Shah writes about healthy living and wellness issues.
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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?
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.
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.
Saintly City Cat Show has fanciers purring with pride

Saintly City Cat Show has fanciers purring with pride

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…
Who needs fur? St. Paul cat show brings out the beauties

Who needs fur? St. Paul cat show brings out the beauties

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.
Whiskered warriors to go paw-to-paw at Saintly City Cat Show

Whiskered warriors to go paw-to-paw at Saintly City Cat Show

More than 100 cats from across the country will show their stuff at this weekend contest.
Virus or bacteria? Know how to fight your enemy

Virus or bacteria? Know how to fight your enemy

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.
Greg LeMond's new fitness book aims to unlock our hidden 'force'

Greg LeMond's new fitness book aims to unlock our hidden 'force'

The body’s “power plants” multiply with bursts of intense exercise, new fitness book explains.

Health beat: Bold return of mumps is wakeup call for adults

  Not since 2006 has there been this much talk about the highly contagious disease with the funny name — mumps. The infection has garnered…
Flu shot less effective, what to do?

Flu shot less effective, what to do?

The current vaccine packs less punch against this year’s virus, but still is worth it.
Is weather a barometer of painful joints and achy bones?

Is weather a barometer of painful joints and achy bones?

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.
Bar belle: Twin Cities powerlifter is a social media heavyweight

Bar belle: Twin Cities powerlifter is a social media heavyweight

A Twin Cities area Wonder Woman pumps up a sisterhood of female powerlifters. In person and online, she makes lifting look, well, glamorous.
'Lactivist' brings breast-feeding into public eye

'Lactivist' brings breast-feeding into public eye

A Minneapolis mom’s Instagram account is driving the movement to erase the stigma of openly breast-feeding.
Health beat: Ebola worries? Focus on flu season

Health beat: Ebola worries? Focus on flu season

Though both are deadly, flu is on the list of top 10 killers in the United States every year.
Can't sleep? Twin Cities doctor tackles bizarre cases

Can't sleep? Twin Cities doctor tackles bizarre cases

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.
Minute clinic model: Mental health relief without having to wait

Minute clinic model: Mental health relief without having to wait

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.

Sept. 4: St. Paul woman recruited to aid terrorists in Syria

19-year-old St. Paul woman has left to help wounded terrorists, according to a family member.
Sept. 7: Federal grand jury targets local terrorist pipeline

Sept. 7: Federal grand jury targets local terrorist pipeline

Between 20-30 Somalis may have conspired to join terrorists.
American Indians are embracing the 'decolonized diet'

American Indians are embracing the 'decolonized diet'

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.
Second Minnesota fighter may have been killed in Syria

Second Minnesota fighter may have been killed in Syria

The FBI is looking into the possibility that a Twin Cities Somali man was killed in Syria fighting with terrorists.
Does shaking hands with your doctor spread disease?

Does shaking hands with your doctor spread disease?

A controversial report on hand hygiene in clinics and hospitals puts shaking hands with your doctor under the microscope.
New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

Resiliency, the ability to bounce back quickly and completely from setbacks, is taking on new significance as a component to overall health.
Can you really die of a broken heart?

Can you really die of a broken heart?

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.
Miracle fruit: Is the coconut all it's cracked up to be?

Miracle fruit: Is the coconut all it's cracked up to be?

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?
Mesh: A hushed but prevalent problem in women's health

Mesh: A hushed but prevalent problem in women's health

$830 million settlement puts new focus on pelvic organ prolapse.

St. Paul woman found dead; male friend arrested

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…
Meet Minnesota's pollen police

Meet Minnesota's pollen police

Two investigators – working side by side, out of the limelight – search for clues to identify the offenders that attack unsuspecting sinuses.
More doctors embrace meditation as medicine

More doctors embrace meditation as medicine

As evidence of its effectiveness grows, more doctors are prescribing meditation to help boost the body’s healing powers.
On-screen doctor visits are the new house call

On-screen doctor visits are the new house call

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.
Latest affliction caused by digital devices: 'tech neck'

Latest affliction caused by digital devices: 'tech neck'

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.
Walk and talk therapy may be gaining ground

Walk and talk therapy may be gaining ground

Some counselors are mixing movement with traditional talk therapy in hopes of getting clients to open up.
Church lady's mission: Say prayers, then check blood pressure

Church lady's mission: Say prayers, then check blood pressure

This Minneapolis church lady, a retired school nurse, practices what she preaches : the gospel of good health.
Flexing mental muscles keeps aging brain healthy

Flexing mental muscles keeps aging brain healthy

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…
With genetic testing, patients can see the future

With genetic testing, patients can see the future

Genetic testing brings sci-fi to real life for patients seeking answers to their ailments. But do you really want to know?
How I Got This Body: Budding fitness star Stacie Clark

How I Got This Body: Budding fitness star Stacie Clark

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…
Everyone accounted for after Minneapolis fire, officials say

Everyone accounted for after Minneapolis fire, officials say

A second body was found Friday morning in the wreckage of a Minneapolis apartment building that exploded and burned on New Year’s Day.
New accounts from survivors of New Year's Day fire emerge

New accounts from survivors of New Year's Day fire emerge

Two survivors recall jumping to safety during the New Year’s Day fire in Minneapolis.
REVIEW: 'The Faithful Scribe,' by Shahan Mufti

REVIEW: 'The Faithful Scribe,' by Shahan Mufti

NONFICTION: A keen insight into Pakistan’s past, present and future.
A new disorder is plaguing teenagers: Sleep texting

A new disorder is plaguing teenagers: Sleep texting

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.
To get kids moving, make a game of it

To get kids moving, make a game of it

Can an app help you stop smoking or lose weight? More people are “gaming” their path to living a healthier life.
Why there's no foolproof way to ward off the flu

Why there's no foolproof way to ward off the flu

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.
A simulator at the U of M is rethinking motion sickness

A simulator at the U of M is rethinking motion sickness

Using unorthodox methods, University of Minnesota kinesiology professor Thomas Stoffregen is questioning everything we know about motion sickness.
An old-fashioned treatment worth its salt?

An old-fashioned treatment worth its salt?

Salt therapy, an old-fashioned treatment for respiratory illnesses and skin problems, is making a comeback.
Oreo cookies might be as addictive as drugs, study shows

Oreo cookies might be as addictive as drugs, study shows

The cookie, chock full of sugar and fat, stimulated the “pleasure center” in rats more than cocaine.
Nov. 4, 2011: Casting call for pirates sparks excitement, unease

Nov. 4, 2011: Casting call for pirates sparks excitement, unease

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.
Minnesota Somalis united against terror group Al-Shabab

Minnesota Somalis united against terror group Al-Shabab

Five years after bitter debate over an upstart terror group divided their Minnesota community, Somalis stand against Al-Shabab.
One-day college event coming to Minneapolis

One-day college event coming to Minneapolis

A touring college is bringing “rock star” professors to the Twin Cities for a day of evocative classes.
Workplace stretching programs expand

Workplace stretching programs expand

Companies embrace stretching programs to prevent workplace injuries – but are they worth it?

Telling partner to diet may trigger unhealthy eating habits

Pushing a loved one to diet may do more harm than good.
Beyond body weight: 5 health numbers everyone should know

Beyond body weight: 5 health numbers everyone should know

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?
Plymouth fitness trainer wins national contest

Plymouth fitness trainer wins national contest

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.
A tireless search for a good night's sleep

A tireless search for a good night's sleep

With as many as 70 million Americans reporting trouble sleeping, health officials have redoubled efforts to unlock the mysteries of this essential bodily function.
Homeless running group helps men reach their goals

Homeless running group helps men reach their goals

Next Steps, a St. Paul running club for homeless people, aims to transform lives one step at a time.
Body clock: Best times to eat, sleep and exercise

Body clock: Best times to eat, sleep and exercise

Want to maximize your health? Here are the best times to eat, sleep, exercise – and do everything else.

The body clock-driven day

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…
How important is tummy time?

How important is tummy time?

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.
The new rules for sunscreen labels

The new rules for sunscreen labels

Ready to cover up? A major overhaul of sunscreen labels is hitting store shelves.
Cancer patients abandoning their beds and hitting the gym

Cancer patients abandoning their beds and hitting the gym

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.
Pollen count apps for smartphones are nothing to sneeze at

Pollen count apps for smartphones are nothing to sneeze at

These smartphone apps are beginning to change the way some people manage their seasonal allergies, which afflict up to 25 percent of the population.
Jolie's bold move sparks discussion of the C-word

Jolie's bold move sparks discussion of the C-word

The Hollywood icon’s disclosure about her cancer worries fuels discussion, but raises concerns about overestimating the risks.
Mayo Clinic study finds explanation for postmenopausal belly fat

Mayo Clinic study finds explanation for postmenopausal belly fat

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.
Pakistan: A Star Tribune reporter's journey

Pakistan: A Star Tribune reporter's journey

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.
'Mother Teresa of Somalia' inspires Minnesota community

'Mother Teresa of Somalia' inspires Minnesota community

A doctor some call the “Mother Teresa of Somalia” is inspiring Minnesota Somalis to help their homeland.
HCMC offers moms a safety net for when it isn't just 'baby blues'

HCMC offers moms a safety net for when it isn't just 'baby blues'

Hennepin County Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Program, which opens Monday, will help moms with postpartum depression focuses on building bonds and community.
Data on diet, exercise and more help push for optimum health

Data on diet, exercise and more help push for optimum health

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.
Young undocumented dreamers find doors opening in Minnesota

Young undocumented dreamers find doors opening in Minnesota

Aided by political winds blowing in their favor, hundreds of young undocumented immigrants in Minnesota embrace newfound freedoms.

Culture beat: U hosts dueling exhibits on Tibet

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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