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How to work toward healthier habits

By The Washington Post
Eat more fruit and vegetables, steer clear of fried foods, walk more, sit less and so on. Heard these messages a time or two? Although you know that implementing one or more of these healthy behavior changes could help prevent ...

How to feed your bones

By Environmental Nutrition
When you think about bone nutrition, you probably think of calcium first. And rightly so: A solid body of research suggests that you should meet ...

How to prevent infection from bad contact lens care

By The Washington Post
Americans make nearly a million doctor’s appointments and emergency-room visits per year for eye infections, most of them aresult of improper use and care of contact lenses. “People who wear contact lenses overnight are more than 20 times more likely to ...

How to get the most out of a treadmill run

By The Washington Post
“They say, ‘I can’t get on one.’ There’s this shame,” says David Siik, creator of the new Precision Running program at Equinox, a Washington-area gym. He has plenty of reasons athletes should get over their hang-up: Treadmills are gentler on ...

Women are muscling their way to fitter bodies

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Snug clothing can be a positive thing. “Women are buying clothes that show off their muscles,” says Kelsey Keller, who, with Jenly Deiter, owns Fullbody Fitness ...

Pilates sessions reform balance, strength

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Lauren Cerqua of Robinson stretched out on a piece of Pilates equipment called the Reformer, placed her arms on the bars and pushed away from ...

Running is a Thanksgiving tradition

By Doug Gulasy
Dan Holland remembers the Thanksgiving morning traditions of his youth: He would watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, while his father was at ...

Monaca ride dedicated to bicyclist who died

By Tribune-Review
Ride dedicated  to late bicyclist who was struck The Ohio River Trail Council plans a memorial ride on Sunday for bicyclist Taylor Lee Banks, who died when a vehicle struck him last month in Aliquippa. The ride will start at  2 ...

How to know you are emotionally on the mend

By McClatchy-tribune News Service
If you’ve been depressed or anxious for a while, it can be hard to recognize when you are actually getting better. Here are few signs that you are probably on the mend. You start forgetting to take your medication. (This ...

Marshall Mangler features running, bike races on North Park trails

By Deborah Deasy 9:00 p.m.
The Marshall Mangler, an annual event in North Park, challenges more than competitors’ physical endurance. Participants also need good eyesight to spot hazards, such as ...

Video recordings induce warm and fuzzy feelings known as ASMR

By Kate Benz
It’s been described as a drug-free high. You might have felt it without even realizing what exactly you were feeling. Perhaps it was triggered when ...

How to help prevent dementia

By The Monterey County Herald
Even though we sometimes forget things as we get older, dementia is not a part of normal aging, say experts from Alzheimer’s Disease International, which just released the World Alzheimer Report 2014. Here are some of the key recommendations from ...

Research validates theory physical activity can mean improved brain power

By Kellie B. Gormly
Chase D’Antonio prepares to return to his first-grade classroom at Sewickley Academy after an energetic gym class, where he and his peers threw and chased ...

How to make the indoors safer for allergy sufferers

By The Associated Press
These tips from allergists can help make any home friendlier to those with indoor allergies, dust mites included: Keep It dry. Dust mites can’t survive in less than 50 percent humidity, so buy a humidity meter and, if needed, ...

6-pack abs: A weapon against depression

By The Washington Post
Endorphins came first, those home-grown opioids or pain-killers called “runner’s high.” Then came the endocabbinoids, the pleasure-inducing molecules released during hard exercise that turn exercise nuts into gym rats. Now, decades after scientists first speculated on the effects of physical ...

Exercise routines can be modified to accommodate physical limitations

By Alice T. Carter
For some less youthful folks, exercise may not be the pleasure sport it once was. One mile into a brisk jog, there’s a sharp pain ...

School counselors’ duties expanding with growth of social media

By Kellie B. Gormly 9:15 p.m.
When Jennifer DiVittis was in high school, she went to her guidance counselor for help scheduling classes and applying for college. Now that she’s a ...

Ways to avoid colds and other viruses

By Erie Times-news 9:00 p.m.
September is typically a prime season for colds and other respiratory illnesses. Children are back in school, spending lots of time in close contact — perfect conditions for spreading germs. Now comes Enterovirus-D68, a respiratory illness that looks a lot like ...

How to treat migraines

By The Washington Post
People who suffer migraines know that not even the best medicines may get rid of all the pain all the time. “Preventive medications help 50 percent of patients by about 50 percent,” says Sheena Aurora, an associate professor of neurology ...

Pittsburgh event uses humor to get the word out on stroke prevention

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Strokes are no laughing matter. But the prescription of a large dose of comedy can be the best medicine to get the message across when it ...