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Allie Shah

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Allie Shah writes about healthy living and wellness issues.
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Kidney donation gives old friends from Minn. film industry 'amazing bond'

Kidney donation gives old friends from Minn. film industry 'amazing bond'

These two men hadn't spoken in 20 years, but when one of them needed a kidney, the other gave his friend the gift of life.
At 100-year-old St. Paul club for the deaf, 'your friends are all here'

At 100-year-old St. Paul club for the deaf, 'your friends are all here'

St. Paul's 100-year-old Deaf Club still draws a crowd but fights to attract younger folks.
'Biggest Loser' nutritionist, a St. Paul native, says not to skip meals

'Biggest Loser' nutritionist, a St. Paul native, says not to skip meals

Don't try to imitate contestants' dramatic results, Cheryl Forberg says.
Minn. doctor pushing for cannabis for canines to treat seizures

Minn. doctor pushing for cannabis for canines to treat seizures

Dogs have higher rates of epilepsy than humans do, and Leppik believes a cannabis pill could do for canines what it's done for humans.
Definition of 'healthy' food gets a makeover

Definition of 'healthy' food gets a makeover

It's no shock that some of these foods are considered healthful and others are not. Can you figure out which are which? Be ready to be surprised.
Hold the phone: Doctors OK screen time for kids under 2 (with limits)

Hold the phone: Doctors OK screen time for kids under 2 (with limits)

For the first time, the nation’s largest pediatricians’ group is saying it’s OK to allow children younger than two to be exposed to television, tablet…
Belly up to the TV: Binge watching could lead to more stomach fat

Belly up to the TV: Binge watching could lead to more stomach fat

Binge watchers, you may want to hit the pause button for this: watching TV has been linked to more belly fat — even for people who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
We still love our dietary supplements even though they might not help

We still love our dietary supplements even though they might not help

Use of supplements — including vitamins, minerals and herbs — has become a $32 billion industry.
Can playing 'Pokemon Go' make you live longer?

Can playing 'Pokemon Go' make you live longer?

"Pokémon Go" fanatics, rejoice! Your collection addiction may pay off in the long run, in the form of a longer life.
Remember this: brain game claims can't be proven, study says

Remember this: brain game claims can't be proven, study says

An exhaustive review of published studies on brain-training products incuding Lumosity, CogniFit and BrainHQ tests whether brain games can make you smarter.
What causes runner's high? Scientists are still chasing after the answer

What causes runner's high? Scientists are still chasing after the answer

For many of the runners in this weekend's Twin Cities Marathon, the reward for pushing themselves during the race will extend beyond the finish line in the form of a hidden perk: runner's high.
Playing with your cat could be hazardous to your health

Playing with your cat could be hazardous to your health

Warning: Playing with your cat could be hazardous to your health. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s…
Missing mist? How to help your kids handle the flu shot

Missing mist? How to help your kids handle the flu shot

Parents are scrambling to deal with children's fear of shots now that doctors say to avoid the nasal spray.

Hospitals still overusing antibiotics, feds say

Amid rising fears about "superbugs" that are resisitant to antibiotics, hospitals are still overusing antibiotics to treat patients.
Study: Ditch spoon or risk giving your kids wrong amount of medicine

Study: Ditch spoon or risk giving your kids wrong amount of medicine

Doctors are urging parents to ditch the spoon in favor of an oral syringe to measure medicine for young children, arguing that using spoons often…
'Mogadishu, Minnesota' HBO series stokes hopes and fears in Minneapolis

'Mogadishu, Minnesota' HBO series stokes hopes and fears in Minneapolis

Heated debate over a TV pilot for the series reached a boiling point at the West Bank Block Party, when a protest ended with arrests and police pepper-spraying the crowd.
Why people quit their Fitbits

Why people quit their Fitbits

Once embraced with enthusiasm and worn with pride, fitness trackers are now winding up in the bottom of a drawer months later.
Obituary: John Hodowanic, 86, past president of the World Press Institute

Obituary: John Hodowanic, 86, past president of the World Press Institute

John Hodowanic never did anything halfway. The former editor of Twin Cities magazine and president of the World Press Institute threw himself into every job…
Later bedtimes for tots can lead to weight problems as teens

Later bedtimes for tots can lead to weight problems as teens

Benjamin Franklin may have been on to something when he prescribed "early to bed" for better health.
Playing through concussion doubles recovery time, new study shows

Playing through concussion doubles recovery time, new study shows

Playing through the pain of a concussion doubles your recovery time. It also could lead to more severe symptoms, according to new research.
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…
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.
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…
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