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Chicago TribuneStability used to be a good thing in a shoe. But the current "fitness" footwear craze takes the opposite approach: By subtly throwing your body off balance, these shoes supposedly help you lose weight and sculpt muscles. The secret is the shoe's unstable...
Tags: Weight Loss, Muscle, Lower Back Pain, Chicago Tribune
House dust mites, those microscopic insects we unwittingly sleep with every night, are among the few known causes of asthma and allergic symptoms. But pesky mites alone can't explain why the prevalence of childhood allergies has risen worldwide over...
Tribune NewspapersBalance is such a fundamental part of each movement that it hurts -- sometimes literally -- when it's gone. But to strengthen our balance, especially as we age, it turns out we do need to lose it. Or at least test it a little. Kids do this naturally by...
Tags: Brain, Muscle, Health, Hospitals and Clinics
For Tribune newspapers"Chair disease" is an increasingly common malady in the U.S. that is almost always caused by spending too much time parked on your rear end. It's not really the chair's fault, though. The problem is that most of us sit wrong -- slouched forward with...
Chicago TribuneReady for some live, active cultures in your chocolate? How about your breakfast cereal? Probiotics, the so-called friendly bacteria with health benefits, have broken out of the dairy case and are colonizing other areas of the supermarket. The bacteria,...
Chicago TribuneLike many runners, 14-year-old Dan Anderson felt his body disintegrating around mile 17 of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. But fueled by a cheering crowd, the Wisconsin teenager completed the grueling 26.2-mile race to join an elite and controversial...
Chicago TribuneBreakfast comes at a terrible time of day to make a rational decision. We're rushed. We're groggy. And we're famished. We know it's good for us -- 90 percent of Americans think it's the most important meal -- yet fewer than half of consumers eat it...
Chicago TribuneIn some "healthy" school vending machines across the country, soda is out. But rehydrating, sugar-laden sports drinks are still in. Often promoted by popular athletes as essential thirst quenchers, sports beverages can be beneficial if they're consumed...
Tags: Children, Medical Research, Obesity, Sports, Chicago Tribune
Have back or neck pain, but not for sure if a chiropractor is the answer? Medical experts give their take on what you should do before making that appointment. -- Be wary of those who say spinal manipulation can cure whatever ails you. "Look for a...
Recycled rubber playground surfaces seem like a win-win situation. When children fall, they're more likely to bounce than break bones. And the springy, low-maintenance ground cover, which is also used in running tracks and synthetic turf, provides an eco-...
Tribune NewspapersIf you're trying to eat better but are confounded by the healthy logos, symbols and claims that food manufacturers put on packaging, help may be on the way. Or you may be more baffled than ever. In an attempt to help consumers sort through confusing...
Chicago TribuneThe most barbaric weight-loss treatment of the day award goes to the Chugay Tongue Patch, a postage-stamp-size piece of mesh that is surgically attached to your tongue to make eating painful. The patch -- implanted in only 10 people so far -- remains...
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