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Tension Releasing Exercises shake loose 'therapeutic tremors'

6 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

I've been running for 30 years and lucky enough to avoid an iliotibial band injury until this year. But my luck ran out a few weeks back, and the physical therapist has banned many kinds of workouts for a while. That seemed the perfect time to try something called TRE, or Tension Releasing...

Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label.

Choices abound when buying eggs

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Decades ago, eggs were brown or white, big or small. Now you need a scorecard to choose: cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised — not to mention prices that can run from less than $2 to $8 for a dozen.

Surfer Bethany Hamilton aims to motivate girls with 'Body and Soul'

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Talk about a commitment to her sport: Bethany Hamilton lost her entire left arm to a shark attack while surfing — and within a month was back on her board riding the waves. She was 13.

Side crunches can make love handles vanish, if done properly

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Say adios to those love handles with the side crunch; a proven waist cincher. Orthopedist and fitness trainer Levi Harrison, who created the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout, demonstrates proper form as well as a couple of ways to advance the move.

Unbreakable Performance caters to pros, but 'civilians' are welcome

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Up a little hill off the Sunset Strip, above the restaurants, there's a nondescript parking lot, and you can see that something's going on by the cars parked there. There are a few Range Rovers, a matte black pickup jacked up on monster wheels and, oh, yeah, a bright yellow Ferrari.

An intense climb at Sirens & Titans in Westwood

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

The VersaClimber is the most ignored piece of fitness equipment in the gym, but it shouldn't be, says Jacques Devore, owner of the year-old Sirens & Titans gym in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A. The simple-looking 7-foot-tall rail with hand- and foot-pegs that move up and down in a...

For hiking, an easier camera bag, a faster water filter and more

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

To go out for a good all-day hike nowadays, everyone pretty much knows that you need a backpack, poles, a hydration system and a mapping device. But what about the luxuries that aren't really luxuries anymore? The stuff you always realize you need after you've missed one too many wild animal...

Summer skin care: Could be the season of the itch

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

As appealing as the long afternoons, soaring temperatures and time outside can be, they also signal a harsh environment that can assault the skin. This elastic, tough covering keeps our internal organs moist while keeping out microbes, insects and UV radiation. It protects us from abrasions and...

Skin needs moisturizer in the summer too

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

For most people, sunscreen is a given in the summer, even year round. But many people neglect moisturizer when temperatures are high, and that's a mistake.

Gluten-free label rule to take effect, but its use won't be mandatory

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Regulations that tell consumers just what it means when a product is labeled "gluten free" take effect on Friday — a "major milestone," says one of the leading experts on gluten disorders.

Nicole Kidman enjoys fitness that's centered on family time

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Actress Nicole Kidman has an enormously busy professional life, but she prides herself on her close family ties. She says she is happiest when she's spending time with her family: country-singer husband Keith Urban and children Sunday Rose, Faith, Isabella and Connor. Among the jobs she juggles...

Cross-body punches bring on the cardio without the noise

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Every workout arsenal needs a fast-and-easy low-impact cardio movement, perfect for those days when time is short but you still want to work up a sweat. This is also a move you can take on the road. Because there's no noisy jumping around, it's great to do in a hotel room or in a second-floor...

'Peaceful warrior' Lisa Smith-Batchen conquers limits on 584-mile run

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

The diarrhea wouldn't stop. The hallucinations were just beginning. The blisters on her feet formed as she ran. In heat that topped 120 degrees, Lisa Smith-Batchen's body began breaking down.

Hazards of the nightly sleep-wake-repeat pattern are studied

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Sometimes science quantifies something many of us know to be true. So listen up, new parents: Waking up repeatedly to care for a little one isn't good for your moods and your ability to attend to tasks, and it's just as bad as not sleeping much at all.

Two legs and many hands on the grueling Badwater route

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Every mile, a gold Chrysler minivan waited for Lisa Smith-Batchen. It carried her pit crew, armed with water spray bottles, wet towels, body cream, calorie-dense food, new shoes (for when the rubber on hers melts) and bags of ice. The crew members paid their own way to help with the run.

Joseph Simmons of Run-DMC raps about his fight against diabetes

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Joseph Simmons, a.k.a. Rev Run, better be on Aerosmith's Christmas card list. He was part of the Run-DMC hip-hop trio, one of the most influential music acts, and its cover of "Walk This Way" became one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. Musically, the Rev took risks, and they paid off, but as a...

New 27.5-inch mountain bikes get high marks from cyclists

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Do you remember two years ago, when this column reviewed the "29er," which had come to dominate the mountain bike world with super-fast, roll-over-anything, monster-truck 29-inch wheels that made traditional 26-inch bikes look like children's toys? Well, forget about that. Big tires still rule,...

Psychotherapist borrows horse sense for book on human behavior

8 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Psychotherapists have plumbed all sorts of relationships in their quest to understand and improve human communication, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before they studied horse sense. Herd behavior, changing habits, building trust — it seems that people have a lot to learn from Equus...

After jolt of a medical crisis, support is key as patients choose paths

8 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Every health crisis is different, but most have one thing in common: You are blindsided by the bad news. "It's a time of upheaval, you feel out of control, anxious, you just don't know what to do next," says Amy Madnick, a licensed clinical social worker with UCLA Health System.

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