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For a more intense workout, start crawling

Crawling is a foundational movement for all sports, and any athlete can benefit. Working with your hands and feet on the ground helps you isolate different body parts for better body awareness, teaches you to engage your core and presents plenty of challenges. Read More

Exercise tools designed to help get you moving

There are some cool tools that will make it a whole lot easier for you to start and continue to add at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to your routine. The benefits are enormous: You can dramatically reduce your risk for diabetes, cancer, a lousy sex life and depression. Read More
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2 million U.S. teens are vaping marijuana

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A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. Read More

Consider concussion screening for keiki before sports season begins

Mayo Clinic experts have developed a screening program that involves testing brain function skills before the sports season begins. Then, if concussions happen, retesting can determine when it’s safe for athletes to return to the game. Read More

Keep fans clean to minimize allergy risks

If you’re running fans with dusty, dirty blades, you are spewing dust mites through the air and making anyone with an allergy to them — maybe even yourself — suffer. Read More

Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a mild virus that mostly infects children from infancy to about 5 years of age. Sometimes, kids as old as 10 contract it, and adults have been known to get it too. Read More
 

Which workout is best: High or low intensity?

High-intensity interval training has become a big deal among workout enthusiasts, who like the short bursts of intense exercise alternated with longer periods of rest. But some folks still prefer low intensity workouts — repetitive moderate motion for 30 to 45 minutes. So which is better for you? Read More

Odd sports can provide great fitness boosts

There are several often-overlooked sports that provide enormous fun and extensive health benefits. We’re talking about table tennis, pickleball and joggling. Read More

Single-use plastic can lead to stubborn fat

Not losing weight as fast as you once did? You could be affected by the endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), also called obesogens, which are found in many plastic bottles/containers and migrate into food and liquids. Read More
 

Are nut butters badder, better or as nutty as nuts themselves?

Eating peanuts and tree nuts two or more times a week and walnuts at least once a week has been found to be associated with a 13 to 19 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and up to a 23 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Read More

Check teens for 5 signs of depression

It’s no secret that teenagers can be moody, but research shows that ongoing moodiness often is far more serious. New guidelines suggest screening all teens for depression starting at age 12. Read More

Stable costs may shift ‘Obamacare’ politics

After two years of double-digit premium hikes, millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest increases next year, according to an exclusive analysis that highlights the changing politics of health care heading into the midterm elections. Read More

Supplements to avoid while taking medication for depression

There are certain supplements that interfere with selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and with serotonin and noradrenalin reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) too, so be sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your current regimen. Read More

Parents’ preconceptions shape keiki’s future

No matter how you put it, parents set examples for their children that shape their kids’ lives. Read More

Eye exam shows promise in predicting Alzheimer’s

Using an easy eye exam, researchers at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis were able to detect evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in patients before they had symptoms of the disease. Read More

The benefits, risks and choices of birth control

If you take the birth control pill (oral contraceptive), you’re probably happy with its convenience and reliability. Still, you may have questions about how birth control pills could affect your health, the benefits and risks of birth control pills and newer options available. Read More

Health Options: Risk of pancreatic cancer on the rise

The recent loss of Aretha Franklin from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 has renewed interest in the disease. Read More

Mayo Clinic introduces first-aid skill for Amazon Alexa

Mayo Clinic has introduced a new skill for Amazon Alexa, giving a hands-free way to access first-aid information. A skill is a new capability a person can add to their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices which creates a more personalized user experience. Read More

Should my dog be on probiotics?

Are probiotics a better choice for older animals in terms of energy level and overall health? Read More

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