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Study sheds light on value of early rising

To slim down, it helps to get up early and get outdoors in the sun.

LOS ANGELES—To maximize your chances of fighting flab, new research offers some simple advice: Wake up early and go outside.

Before you exercise, know your health background

Healthful living is a decision. In fact, it’s a series of decisions each day that lead us either toward good health or away from good health.

For most in their 40s, happy days return again

Recently the Brookings Institution’s Carol Graham looked at the relationship between age and happiness around the world, as measured by the Gallup World Poll conducted from 2011 to 2013.

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Kids learn signs of stroke via imitation

NEW YORK — Andrea Esteban tried to smile with half her face, crossing her eyes in the process, and her third-grade classmates giggled.

Column: Targeted weight loss is a myth

I can’t tell you how many times I have had a YMCA member grab that extra roll around their middle, pinching it with two fingers, and tell me, “I just want to lose this.”

Free Pilates class offered for cancer patients, survivors

A free Pilates class for cancer patients and survivors will begin April 16 at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

Conquering fear is key to natural childbirth

Just what is “natural” childbirth?

Swimming safety has simple rules

Learning how to swim is a vital lifelong skill, if not a lifesaving one.

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Oregon extends insurance deadline to April 30 (with video)

SALEM — Oregonians will have an extra month to sign up for subsidized health insurance, and the state’s health insurance exchange is planning a $1 million push to get the word out, officials announced Wednesday.

Eat a peach: WSU researcher finds peach extract slows breast cancer growth, spread

PULLMAN — A Washington State University food scientist and colleagues at Texas A&M have found that compounds in peaches can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and their ability to spread.

Early gang involvement has long-lasting effects on life, 29-year study finds

It’s pretty much a no-brainer that a kid who joins a gang — even briefly during adolescence — stands a greater chance of committing crimes, using drugs and winding up in prison as an adult.

Doctors' group: Labor in tub OK; water births unproven

WASHINGTON — Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be’s pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation’s obstetricians.

Study finds workout with a buddy increases output

It’s no surprise that working out on a consistent basis is the most effective way — maybe the only way — to lose weight and change your body.

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FDA process bogs down progress for sunscreens in the US

The tourists flocking to the French Riviera or Spain’s Costa del Sol this summer will slather on sunscreen containing the latest ingredients for protecting against the sun’s most harmful ultraviolet rays.

Group says $34 million saved through effort to cut needless ER visits

After a contentious beginning, the state Medicaid program and a coalition of doctors and hospitals together forged a plan that helped cut nearly $34 million from expensive, unnecessary emergency-room visits last year, both sides announced Thursday.