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Key to maintaining balance is to just keep on moving

By Rex Rutkoski
Shirley Eckman awoke early one morning this month frightened. “I was really, really dizzy, and as I walked I felt like I was going to …

How to keep back pain from becoming chronic

By The Washington Post
As your back gets older, occasional aches can turn into chronic, perhaps disabling, pain. In the March issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch, Zachariah Isaac, a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, offers suggestions aimed at …

E-cigarettes may not help people quit smoking

By The Los Angeles Times
A fair amount of conversation about e-cigarettes has involved people using them in efforts to quit smoking. Researchers say the evidence for that has been “unconvincing,” and they suggest that regulations should forbid such claims until there is supporting research. …

Celebrity endorsements boosting juice-cleansing among consumers

By Rachel Weaver
In December, Ankit Goyal, president of Fresh From the Farm Juices on the South Side, was selling on average four to five juice cleanses a …

Mt. Lebanon native Brian Cuban tackles male eating disorders through ‘Image’

By Rachel Weaver
Like many boys in the ’Burgh, Brian Cuban idolized Roberto Clemente and played on a Little League team as an adolescent. The Mt. Lebanon native …

How to get out in front of your mood

By McClatchy-tribune News Service
Everyone deals with anxiety and depression at some point in their lives. Many therapists agree that depression can look like anxiety, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what is making you feel uncomfortable. There are things you can do that …

Michaels will advocate maximizing workouts, life in Pittsburgh stop

By Rachel Weaver
Personal trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels has taken her message of happiness, success and goal attainment on the road. The “Maximize Your Life” tour …

Pocusset Street in Greenfield is ‘shifted’ to bike zone

By Bob Karlovits
Pocusset Street has grown into more than only a route to Greenfield or Squirrel Hill, says Eric Boerer, advocacy director of BikePGH. It also now is evidence of the change in thinking on cycling and pedestrian travel, he says. A …

How to find a child therapist

By Chicago Tribune
When looking for a child therapist, your child’s pediatrician is a wise and safe place to begin, family therapist Fran Walfish says. Most of her patients are referred to her by their physicians. “You can also reach out to a …

Former Rusted Root drummer teaches sound training to reduce stress

By Rachel Weaver
A Pittsburgh musician is using his talent help people ease stress, boost energy and energize the brain. Jim Donovan, founding member of the multiplatinum band …

How to calm winter allergies

By Tribune-Review
As frigid temperatures and unusually snowy conditions over much of the nation continue to keep many Americans indoors, allergy expert Dr. Joan Lehach, from Montefiore …

Women finding more fitness success working together

By Rachel Weaver
Almost every morning, a group of ladies from all over the Pittsburgh area gather at their morning hang out. They chat, laugh, even trade beauty …

Positivity key in fight against obesity in Allegheny County

By Chris Togneri
Every time Kevin Maurer stepped on his scale, the number got bigger. He would diet for a while, only to slip back into a routine …

How to avoid athlete’s foot

By Tribune-Review
Despite the name, athlete’s foot can happen to anyone. It is a common fungal infection that most people get from walking barefoot in moist public places like a swimming pool deck or locker room. Athlete’s foot can result in flaky …

Tiny doses may help peanut-allergic kids

By Science Now
For some children, even trace amounts of peanuts can be deadly. But these kids have no options other than to avoid the legumes completely. The results of a new clinical trial may change that. Scientists have found that feeding allergic …

Pine heart patient knows value of taking action early

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Melinda Kutzer and her late father shared a heart-felt connection — blockage in the anterior descending artery. It’s often called “the widow maker” because many …

An insider’s guide to winter exercise

By The Washington Post
So, you resolved to lose weight, get stronger or maybe just fit in those recommended 30 minutes of daily activity. But freezing temperatures, slushy sidewalks and slippery roads add up to a strong urge to stay indoors. Is it possible …

Treatments offer promise for breast cancer patients

By Adam Smeltz
Breast cancer sapped Layla Banihashemi’s energy, her health and her comfort. Yet the disease and its treatments did not claim her lymph nodes, the illness-fighting …

50 years after Surgeon General’s warning, smoke still clearing

By Tom Fontaine
For years, Kevin Joyce staunchly defended the right of people to smoke in Pennsylvania’s restaurants and bars. Since reading about increased heart, lung and other …

Classical fitness: Symphonic orchestration finds place in exercise classes

By Mark Kanny
If dancing and marching are the traditional pairings of music and movement, using music for exercise has come on strong in recent decades. One advantage …