Vaping is the term often used to describe the act of using an electronic cigarette. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid solution — usually but not always containing nicotine — turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. If the base nicotine mixture is not palatable,…

A healthy diet is essential for everyone, but it is vital for people who have chronic kidney disease.

Being outdoors in the autumn can be a great way to get fresh air and exercise. For many, fall also means hunting season which can pose dangers, sending hunters to the hospital or worse. Heart attacks, injured backs and broken bones are among the most common medical emergencies in hunting. Er…

Running is one of the world’s most popular sports, hobbies and ways of staying fit. However, running also can lead to the occasional injury. At some point, whether it’s a 5K, 10K or marathon, runners of all levels tend to cross this familiar bump in the road.

Just two generations ago, the average adult slept about nine hours per night — a stark contrast to the six hours or less that one-third of the population gets today.

Cross training simply means doing different types of exercise and can be as simple as switching between activities throughout the week. Doing so can help prevent injuries by giving your muscles and joints a break. When you do the same exercises over and over, you can overuse a particular mus…

It’s summer and the warmer weather tends to influence people’s dining habits by eating out and attending celebrations and events more frequently. In fact, some reports show that nearly half of consumers eat out more in the summer, often on a weekly basis.

It may be hard to believe, but fall sports are just around the corner. Parents and kids are gearing up for the upcoming athletics season by training, finding the right equipment and signing up for activities. As a reminder, your preparation checklist should also include a pre-participation s…

Heart disease, often called cardiovascular disease, refers to a variety of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. It’s one of the leading causes of death for adults in the United States. However, there are several steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease. While the…

Cooking for one or two doesn’t mean you have to let your health go by the wayside and resort to meals of cold cereal, grilled cheese and canned soup, or microwave meals. With some helpful tips, you can be cooking healthy and efficiently for a smaller household in no time.

There are many physiological and nutritional demands that occur within the body during exercise. As muscles contract, the demand for oxygen, hydrogen and other key nutrients increase. The human body requires a continuous supply of energy to perform its many functions. As energy demands incre…

As an audiologist, I often work with parents who are concerned about their child’s hearing. Hearing loss is a huge concern for parents who understand it can impair speech and language skills as their child develops.

Falls can happen to people of all ages and for a great variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more brittle our bones can become, so the severity of injury from even a simple fall can be more debilitating. Here are a few common questions about falls and fall prevention.

For many Americans, the topic of health care can be murky, confusing and even a little unsettling. Political factors, insurance reform, technological advancements, the rising cost of pharmaceuticals and physician shortages are all factors that contribute to this uncertainty. Although each of…

Compelling evidence shows that generous amounts of fruits and veggies as part of a healthy diet may lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Eating a healthy diet and adopting healthy habits have so much power in decreasing the possibility …

I totally understand. And as a parent, I feel your pain. But the fact is, getting a flu shot is the best way to protect you, your family and the people around you from getting sick this season. It’s better to get a flu shot instead of foregoing the vaccine altogether due to proven ineffectiv…

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The warm weather is a perfect motivator to get outside, go for a walk and generally get off the couch and move around.

Cold weather can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. But you don't have to let cold weather spell the end of your exercise. With these tips for exercising during cold weather, you can stay fit, motivated and warm when the weather turns chilly.

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ST. PETER — A funding boost from Minnesota's Statewide Health Improvement Program will allow local counties to focus on building healthier, more vital communities where residents not only live longer but have more satisfying lives.

MANKATO — Open Door Health Center has hired a behavioral health therapist for children and adolescents and will starting taking new appointments for both as early as mid-December. 

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in American men and women. According to the American Lung Association, more than 158,000 men and women in the United States are expected to die from lung cancer by the end of the year. Catching lung cancer or its initial indicators early can va…

South Country Health Alliance, the county-based system that provides the state’s Medicaid and low-income health insurance programs in some of the region’s counties, could see long-term declines in its membership as a result of this year’s bidding process in which it was an initial loser.

If you or a loved one is living with a serious or life-threatening illness, you may have thought or heard about palliative care. Palliative care helps patients and their families live well in the face of physical changes and personal challenges.

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints of Americans of all ages. The pain can result from an injury, arthritis or other condition. The location and severity of knee pain often varies with each person depending on the cause of the problem.

MANKATO — For 22-year-old photographer Hanna Newman, cataloging various states of her own mental being has been a process of self-discovery as much as it has been art.