Posts from the Healthy Living category

Food fights with your kids every night?
 You’ve got a picky eater.

Research shows that people might taste a food between 14-21 times before they start to like it. Sure, this might not be true with foods like chocolate ice cream. But, we know that it takes many, many exposures to train your taste buds to like things. So, be patient and continue to offer a variety… read more

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Put down the gas can, handsome, if you want to stay that way.

Ryan Fey, MD, Burn surgeon Sitting around a cozy fire has become a staple of summer outdoor living in Minnesota. The trendiest deck furnishings include fire bowls and fancy grilling equipment. While most of us know how to be safe around fire, there are a few mistakes that our Burn Center doctors see people make… read more

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The connection between sugared drinks and weight gain

Overeating can lead to weight gain, and overdrinking may be just as problematic, according to several recent studies. The studies compared the weight gain of children who regularly drank sugared beverages to those who did not, and the results were clear – those who consumed sugary drinks gained more weight than their counterparts who drank… read more

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Stay fit when it’s hot outside

Donna and Joe loved to run outdoors year-round. But on one extra hot and humid long-distance run in July, Joe found himself cramping up and experiencing nausea. Fortunately, the couple always ran together and Donna recognized the signs of heat exhaustion. She immediately moved Joe to some shade, got him to drink water, and cooled… read more

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Poison prevention — safeguard your home

In 2010, America’s 57 poison centers received about 4 million calls. Of those, about 2.4 million were calls about poison exposures ranging from carbon monoxide to snake bites to food poisoning. The rest were calls for information. About 50% of the exposure calls concerned children younger than 6 years old. You can help keep your… read more

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Exercise – a powerful tool in the fight against cancer

By James Salwitz, MD If you had cancer, how good would a treatment have to be, how much would it have to help, for you to use it? How about a 20 percent chance to beat the disease using a treatment that is without side effects and free? “Sign me up” you say? Nonetheless, only… read more

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Skip breakfast at your own risk

At some point, we need to break our fast. For those not inclined to starve, that’s breakfast, as the name implies. Beyond that, there is little agreement about when and what the best “breakfast” should be. In May, a paper was published in the journal Physiology and Behavior suggesting that skipping breakfast might actually help… read more

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Is low testosterone real or drug company hype?

The barrage of ads clearly targets older men. “Have you noticed a recent deterioration of your ability to play sports?” “Do you have a decrease in sex drive?” “Do you have a lack of energy?” “If so,” says the announcer, “talk to your doctor about whether you have low testosterone,” or Low T as they… read more

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Outsmarting the bugs: 
All about antibiotics

You’ve probably heard that superbug infections are on the rise due to antibiotic resistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 94,000 people in the U.S. were infected by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in 2005. There are many things you can do to protect your and your family’s health from these… read more

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Women and the war on weight – why you have to move it to lose it

Perhaps you watch what you eat and you strive to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five or more days a week. Way to go! Getting half an hour of moderate activity each day lowers your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. But despite your efforts, does the number on… read more

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Romantic reading helps mommy get her mojo back

Sexual desire in women is a complex issue, says Tara Gustilo, MD, a gynecologist with Hennepin’s Women’s Clinic. “When I counsel women about low libido concerns, I always start by asking about two issues. Although there can be physical and biochemical reasons for loss of sexual desire, the most common causes of low libido are… read more

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Lose weight, find health? Sleep on it.

Unlike many of the factors that affect health profoundly, the impact of sleep is both immediate and intimate. You don’t need clinical trials, to tell you that sleep matters. Research consistently associates sleep deprivation with obesity risk, and invokes a number of potential mechanisms. Some are fairly self-evident. Imran Khawaja, MD, Director of Hennepin County… read more

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The dangers of detox diets

Are you carrying around a little extra weight and tempted by diets that promise a quick fix? Be careful, there are potential risks. Many fad diets, such as detox diets, rise in popularity when they are tied to celebrities who have used them to achieve rapid weight loss. In addition, promoters of detox diets often… read more

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17 strategies to quit smoking

What’s the greatest cause of death from cigarette smoking? Most people would say lung cancer. True, smoking is the leading cause of this cancer, which kills approximately 160,000 Americans a year. But what many don’t realize is that cigarettes may cause even more deaths from heart attack — smoking is believed to be the cause… read more

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