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Keeping Fit Over the Holidays

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By Nancy Gottesman Amid parties and presents, decorating and travel, and the general holiday hubbub, finding time to exercise can be a real challenge... Read more


What You Need to Know About Swine Flu

With so much media attention and information flying around, it's hard to find one coherent source for H1N1 flu information. The Children's Physician Network has put toge... Read more


Approach Alcohol Consumption with Caution During the Holidays: Your Health

By Rallie McAllister As the holiday season approaches, many Americans will be celebrating with a glass of good cheer. While drinking a little alcohol can... Read more




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Sniffle-proof your whole family


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This isn't just the start of holiday season; it's germ season as well. That's why many of us will be hacking away and looking a lot like Rudolph before winter is over. "The average adult gets one to three respiratory illnesses each year, and women, especially if they're moms, tend to catch even more," says Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona and coauthor of The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu.

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Crowdfunding a Genome Sequencing Project


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World's first crowdfunded genome sequencing project uncovers 4-year-old's unknown genetic disease


Rare Genomics Institute, Ivy League medical research center identify novel gene variant


St. Louis, MO - The Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), a non-profit organization that uses genome sequencing and other biotechnology to help children with rare genetic diseases, and an Ivy League medical research center have jointly identified a new gene variant in four-year-old Maya Nieder that may indicate a brand-new disease.


This finding marks the first time that a patient-initi ... Continue reading Crowdfunding a Genome Sequencing Project.


Moms on the Run in the Twin Cities


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Women all over the Twin Cities are dropping pounds, making new friends, and improving their health. Their secret? Moms on the Run! Designed for all fitness levels, Moms on the Run was initially created to move even the most inactive woman towards lifestyle change and give her the confidence and training structure to complete a 5K Race. Now in its fifth year of operation right here in the Twin Cities, Moms on the Run offers a structured 18-week training program in 12 metro locations.


If you've been waiting for the motivation to get your start as a runner, this class is for you. Programs are available for walkers, beginning a ... Continue reading Moms on the Run in the Twin Cities.


When to Keep a Sick Child Home


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It's cold and flu season, which means plenty of moms are facing that age-old parenting dilemma: Do I send my coughing, sniffly child to school? And if I make the wrong choice, will the school nurse call a few hours later asking me to take him back home?


Figuring out when to keep your child home from school and when he's well enough to go back isn't always easy, says Dr. Loraine Stern, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine in California.


"The truth is, you can't always tell how sick a child really is," says Stern. For instance, some kids may seem totally fine at breakf ... Continue reading When to Keep a Sick Child Home.


Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum 2011 - 10 Fitness Tips


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10 fitness tips from the upcoming fitness video game, Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum 2011 exclusively for the Wii this November. 
 

1.       Exercise does more than just tone your body, it boosts self esteem, improves mood and revs up metabolism.  So suck it up and get moving!


2.       If you are looking to shed those last stubborn pounds, you need to increase the intensity of your workouts.    Try working at 85% of your Maximum Heart Rate for optimal results.


3.       Getting bored with that same old exercise routine?  Chances are you body is too.  It's probably time to ... Continue reading Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum 2011 - 10 Fitness Tips.


The Worst (and Best) Sweets for Your Teeth



By Dr. Carolyn Taggart-Burns


When trick-or-treaters ring my doorbell on Halloween, I toss a toothbrush in their bag. But make no mistake -- our neighborhood might as well be Candy Land. My kids got a scary amount of sweets last year, and they only went to a couple of houses. And because they were both too young to eat much of their loot, guess who was tempted by it? Yep, hubby (who has a major sweet tooth) and me, the dentist.
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Nature's Gym


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By Eric Butterman


You know staying fit is important, especially if you want to manage your heartburn. But who wants to exercise indoors when it's sunny and warm outside? Fortunately, you don't have to! It's time to try nature's gym for a workout that's just as good, if not better!


1. Instead of a calf machine Hit the hills. With just a slight incline, your calves will get a workout mere calf raises can never match. There's no substitute for outdoor terrain, says Kelli Calabrese, a Texas-based trainer and co-author of Feminine, Firm & Fit (Great Atlantic Publishing Group 2004).
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