Health

Author: Humor, laughter are key to stress reduction

Embrace your stress. That's the message Stanley Abbott has for students and teachers who are feeling overwhelmed and behind just a month or so into the ...

Research says fidgeting is good for your health

Finally, science comes to the rescue of those of us who have been told all our lives to "sit still." Turns out fidgeting can be good ...

Study links early diabetes diagnosis with faster decline in heart health

When people develop diabetes early in life, they may also be more likely to experience heart problems in middle age, a study suggests. Cardiovascular disease has ...

Great gear, latest gadgets keep bikers on the road

With Downtown bike lanes, bike racks, bike shares and some of the best bike trails in the nation, bicycling in Pittsburgh has taken off. Bicycling ...

Study: Baby strollers, carriers injure more than 17,000 children a year

Thousands of children every year are taken to hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with baby strollers and carriers, reveals a new study published recently ...

Zip lines, climbing walls offer adventure challenges

Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds ...

Planning, goals key for successful weight loss

Q uestion: My mother, age 64, has been on a weight-loss roller coaster for years. She will stick to a strict diet for many months, ...

Study: Friends, exes turn to cyberbullying

Teen cyberbullying usually involves friends and dating partners rather than strangers, according to a new study co-authored by a Penn State professor. Girls were twice as ...

Crawling: The next best core workout?

Your next best exercise doesn't involve equipment, running, jumping or even standing. "Make the floor your friend," says Danielle Johnson, a physical therapist at the Mayo ...

Allegheny County installs fitness stations in 8 of its 9 parks

Who knew elliptical exercise equipment could look so good? The sleek lime-and-blue machines actually are appealing in their outdoor locations at eight Allegheny County parks instead ...

Running is the perfect time for podcasts

Music can distract you from the monotony of running and even improve your performance, but it's far from the only tool out there — and ...

Medicare readmission penalties hit new high

The federal government's readmission penalties on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the ...

For women, the chinup is an elusive but worthwhile goal

One day in my early teens, it seemed as if my ability to do chinups increased exponentially overnight. The victory was dampened by a cracking ...

Study suggests formula for physical activity: 8 hours sitting, 1 hour of exercise

If you fear you're doing irreparable damage to your body because your white-collar job keeps you sitting at your desk from 9 to 5, or ...

Knowing the signs of heatstroke can save lives

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the medical problems that can affect anyone, but particularly afflict the very old and very young. Heat exhaustion can make you ...

Hospitals to receive star ratings

Despite objections from Congress and the hospital industry, the Obama administration said it will soon publish star ratings summing up the quality of 3,662 hospitals. ...

Fitness experts call for end to drill-sergeant putdowns of clients

My grandmother can do more push-ups than you. No one wants to see jiggly cellulite hanging out of a bikini. You need to make up ...

Thumb-sucking, nail-biting might prevent allergies

If you're a parent, you might want to think twice about shooing a thumb from your child's mouth. Researchers in New Zealand have found that ...

6 ways to beat the bloat

According to a study published in International Scholarly Research Notices: Gastroenterology, surveys reveal that 10 to 25 percent of healthy people frequently experience bloating. Although ...

Pitt wins grant, seeks volunteers for initiative to tailor medicine based on genetic profiles

The University of Pittsburgh is looking for about 10,000 people from Western Pennsylvania this year to participate in President Obama's initiative to tailor medicine to ...