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Spinning class helps female inmates battle weight gain

Spinning class helps female inmates battle weight gain

BY TAUNYA ENGLISH WHYY/TNS The gym at Riverside Correctional Facility in Philadelphia is through the metal detector, two heavy doors and down the hall. There’s a basketball court like one you’d see at any high school, except there’s a corrections officer on guard near the 3-point line. Sixteen stationary bikes are set up in a […]

Officers helping colleagues with fragile mental health

Officers helping colleagues with fragile mental health

BY CHRISTINE BYERS ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS ST. LOUIS —  Filling out a traffic crash report felt as challenging as a chemistry test to Joan “Joann” Glover Straughter. A call for all available units boomed across the St. Louis police sergeant’s radio, but she didn’t flinch. Questioned later about why she didn’t respond, she exploded in […]

Life after surviving breast cancer

Life after surviving breast cancer

Why time after treatment can be the hardest stage of the disease BY ALISON BOWEN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS For some cancer patients, the time after treatment ends can be the toughest. Stephanie Logan still remembers the moment her doctor told her she was done — done with four rounds of chemotherapy, done with seeing nurses more […]

What to know before getting a genetic test for breast cancer

What to know before getting a genetic test for breast cancer

BY ALISON BOWEN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS A genetic test to find out if people are more susceptible to breast cancer is available, but how do you decide whether to get it? With a lot of thought, cautioned Dr. Nora Hansen, director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. She […]

Putting the brakes on stress during commute

Putting the brakes on stress during commute

Benefits of mindfulness can turn a long drive into a productive and positive experience BY ALISON BOWEN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Commuters are sentenced to spend part of each day stuck in a compact space, all to get to work. That time can be stressful, full of other drivers’ raging honks or crammed-in strangers’ blaring phone conversations. […]

Cost of US health care increasing again

Cost of US health care increasing again

Workers’ deductibles rising much higher than their wages BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — American workers saw their out-of-pocket medical costs jump again this year, as the average deductible for an employer-provided health plan surged nearly 9 percent in 2015 to more than $1,000, a major new survey of employers shows. The […]

Study: Seniors who keep working are healthier

Study: Seniors who keep working are healthier

BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Is retirement hazardous to your health? It’s an intriguing question in light of a new study that finds senior citizens who work are in better health than their counterparts who don’t. Researchers from the University of Miami and their colleagues examined data on more than 83,000 Americans who participated […]

Plain soap more effective than anti-bacterial soap

Plain soap more effective than anti-bacterial soap

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS Previous studies have shown that regular soap is just as effective as anti-bacterial soap, and with a new study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, researchers in Korea are contributing more data to support that claim. They tested regular and anti-bacterial soaps against 20 strains of bacteria in a lab, […]

Is six miles a week the magic number for runners?

Is six miles a week the magic number for runners?

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS When it comes to the idea that running is good for the heart, six miles a week may be the magic goal number. In a review study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, experts found running about six miles a week — or 52 minutes — may add from three to six […]

American kids prefer apples over other fruit

American kids prefer apples over other fruit

Appeal crosses all racial and ethnic lines, survey shows BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Skip the acai berries and pass on the pomegranate juice. When it comes to fruit, American kids prefer apples — by a long shot. On any given day, apples account for 29 percent of the fruit consumed by U.S. children […]