Health

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New study shows too much sugar is bad for your heart--cardiologist explains

It's appropriate that on Valentine's Day, Buck spoke with Dr. Daniel Duprez, an interventional cardiologist at the U of MN, about a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that consuming too much sugar increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Learn all about it here...but rest assured, a bit of dark chocolate is still good for you.


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Psychologist's advice: This holiday season, shoot for being present rather than perfect

Dick chatted Dec. 20 with Dr. Mary Doheny, clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, about why striving for perfection never works....and what you can do instead to have a happy, lower-stress time this holiday season. 


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Never fear! The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is here!

It's the time of year when we check in with the experts at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. Home economist Alice Coffey joined Dick Nov. 22 to talk all things turkey. And as Alice says, people do incredibly unusual things with their turkeys. You can reach Butterball at 1 800 288 8372 (1 800 BUTTERBALL) or at their website.


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BCBS updates, a certification survey and more discussed at recent hospital meeting

The Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center recently held its regular board meeting.


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Palliative care helps people with chronic or terminal illness feel as comfortable as possible

Kay Grindland is director of Care Partners in Cook County, which works to support people with serious illness or those at end of life, as well as their caregivers. She and her colleague Debi LaMusga joined Dick Nov. 15 to talk about palliative (or comfort) care, how it works, why it's important, and more. November is National Palliative Care Awareness Month.


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New study launched on youth football and concussion

Football and concussions have been in the news more and more lately. Dr. Andrew Peterson of the U of Iowa Sports Medicine department joined Buck recently to talk about a new study they're undertaking on youth football and concussion. Find out about what a concussion is, why it's dangerous, and what the study is attempting to learn.


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Dream of Wild Health saves seeds traditionally cultivated by Native American communities

Diane Wilson is executive director of Dream of Wild Health, a St. Paul nonprofit working to collect and save seeds once cultivated by Indian communities and, in the process, improve health and teach young people about food and well-being. Buck spoke with her Oct. 4 about what they do and why it's important to Native American health.


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New study shows Chinese meditation technique helps smokers reduce tobacco use

Dick Swanson spoke recently with Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang, director of Texas Tech's Neuroimaging Institute, about new research showing that practicing a type of mindfulness meditation known as Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) can help smokers  cut their habit way down. Dr. Tang describes the study and the meditation technique in detail. You can learn more here.


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What can camping teach us about better sleep?

Ann Possis spoke Aug. 9 with Evan Chinoy, a grad student at the U of Colorado-Boulder who does most of his work in the Sleep & Chronobiology Lab. He conducted a study recently showing that a week out camping, away from all artificial light, adjusts a person's internal clock and helps them get up earlier.


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Can you really get a great workout in just a few minutes? Mayo Clinic fitness expert weighs in

Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, shares his ideas about the recent trend toward very short, intense workouts, as well as recommendations for how to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Ann Possis spoke with him July 19.