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Updated at 9:45 AM

You may be able to "make up" for your increased risk of death due to a sedentary lifestyle by engaging in enough physical activity. So just how much is enough?

Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Dear Readers, I have stepped away from my blog for a time. Colleague Megan Stonelake is filling in with insightful posts about parenting. Enjoy. Given the popularity of the time out on parenting websites, it may come as a surprise to many parents...

Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 1:17 PM

According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably. Thank goodness I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter — strength, ability, endurance, health and happiness.

Updated Jul 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

The diagnosis of Zika infection is complicated. Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. Until now, scientists assumed that if a person becomes sick after being infected, the virus stays in the person's...

Posted Jul 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

If we were to list the five most important things each of us can do to stay healthy as we age, handwashing would be on that list. Probably very close to the top. In fact, it may be the single most important thing you can do to stay...

Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 12:23 PM

It's not just humans that rely on a healthy microbiome. Plants do too — and just as researchers have started coming up with treatments to heal the human microbiome, companies are now doing the same for plants. By adding probiotics to crops,...

Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 12:14 PM

While running, swimming, and biking are all great forms of cardio, they all require space and equipment that you may not have access to. That's why jumping rope is a time-honored way to keep cardio up if all you have to work with is a small room or...

Updated Jul 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Doctors link long shifts and on-the-job anxiety to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke. Many believe the consequences can be fatal. But what if it wasn't the job's fault?

Updated Jul 18, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Summer is here, and with it comes so many possibilities for outdoor activities. But the season also brings sun, heat, insects, disrupted child-care routines and other headaches.

Posted Jul 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Last night I randomly wrote the word “de-escalation” on a napkin during a vigorous and slightly heated discussion with my husband during dinner. The topic was the future of race relations in this country. Yes, we really do...

Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 1:25 PM

There's a fierce debate, both among parents and psychologists, over whether parents and educators should bribe kids to eat healthily. Recent research suggests that, while there can be some downsides to the strategy, it can also really work.

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