Julie Deardorff

The rooming in debate: Readers respond

The rooming in debate: Readers respond

November 21, 2013

Like many aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, the debate over whether to send a healthy newborn baby to the hospital nursery at night raises strong emotions. Below, two mothers respond to Sunday’s story, "Is end of the hospital nursery on the horizon?" with their own perspectives:

  • Statins may reduce benefits of exercise

    June 12, 2013

    Millions of people take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. But the medications may also interfere with the positive effects of exercise in some patients, according to a small study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

  • Five minutes with Madonna's personal trainer

    March 28, 2013

    As Madonna’s primary personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer always has five backup plans ready – just in case her original idea doesn’t fly with the famously fit Madge.

  • Does a low-fat diet increase triglycerides?

    March 27, 2013

    It’s easy to assume that a low-fat diet is the healthy way to go, especially since a diet low in saturated and trans fat was recommended by government agencies back in the 1980s.

  • Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson on running, fitness and weight gain

    March 8, 2013

    Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing with the Stars champion Shawn Johnson admits she has never been a runner. Ever. But once she retired from competition, Johnson made a fitness bucket list and wrote down crazy running-related goals like “half-marathon,” “marathon”  and “Ironman triathlon."

  • The benefits of long, low-intensity exercise

    February 14, 2013

    Can an intense, hour-long workout compensate for sitting on your rear all day? A small new study suggests it might not – that you’d be better off walking more and standing up throughout the day, rather than cramming in a vigorous workout.

  • One minute with pushup champ April Calderon

    September 18, 2012

  • The Pilates workout DVDs that kept me sane

    September 7, 2012

    I recently started trying Lara Hudson’s best-selling “10 Minute Solution: Pilates” DVDs after somehow herniating a disc in my cervical spine. The injury kept me from running, biking, swimming and lifting weights. But (with the blessing of my physical therapist), I found I could still do most of her DVDs, which consist of five, 10-minute mini-workouts. 

  • Standing desks: The classroom of the future?

    August 7, 2012

    Sedentary officer workers aren’t the only people who may benefit from standing desks. A small but growing body of research is finding that children who stand at desks during school burn more calories than those who sit, information that could help in the battle against childhood obesity.

  • Rower Jenn Gibbons continues journey by bike

    July 25, 2012

    "I got this."

  • Lake Michigan rower vows to carry on after attack

    July 24, 2012

    Chicago rowing coach and charity founder Jenn Gibbons plans to continue her 1,500-mile rowing journey around the perimeter of Lake Michigan after surviving a sexual assault that took place in her rowboat on Sunday.

  • Rowing the Great Lake for breast cancer

    May 29, 2012

    "One woman. One Great Lake. One great cause."

  • POM Wonderful pushes back against FTC

    May 24, 2012

    POM Wonderful, a manufacturer of pomegranate juice and supplements, is pushing back against a recent ruling that found the company violated federal law by making deceptive disease prevention and treatment claims.

  • Five minutes with stroke survivor Jill Bolte Taylor

    May 23, 2012

    Neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor has always loved the brain’s complex beauty. But she developed an unexpectedly deep appreciation for her own in 1996 after a blood vessel ruptured and she suffered a massive stroke. The life-changing moment destroyed her memory, her ability to walk, talk and read and even her personality.

  • Oreck to pay consumers $700,000 for unfounded health claims

    May 22, 2012

    The claim: The Oreck Halo vacuum and the Oreck ProShield Plus air cleaner can reduce the risk of flu and other illnesses. An infomercial claimed, “The Oreck Halo has killed up to 99.9 percent of bacteria exposed to its light in one second or less,” and the vacuum’s light chamber “has been tested and shown to kill up to 99.9 percent of certain common germs, plus dangerous pathogens like E. Coli and MRSA.”

  • A 'free play' experiment

    May 17, 2012

    My friend Kendra recently conducted a short but nerve-wracking experiment with her two boys, ages 7 and 9. “Go out and play,” she told them. “Don’t come in until dinner time.”

  • Skechers to pay $40 million for false toning shoe claims

    May 16, 2012

    If you bought Skechers Shape-ups or the company’s other toning shoes but still, somehow, have a flabby rear end, here’s your chance to apply for a refund.

  • Fatigue supplements are actually misbranded drugs: FDA

    May 4, 2012

    A commercial website for people suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is rife with numerous illegal and misleading treatment claims, according to a recent warning letter sent to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • How do cell phones affect young brains?

    March 16, 2011

    Cell phone safety warnings are generally designed for a large man with a big head who talks less than half an hour a day.

  • Write to ease your pain

    September 14, 2010

    As a lifelong journal keeper, I've always scribbled down my thoughts to clear my head and to help express emotions I didn't know I had. But some types of writing can also treat physical ailments, including chronic back and neck pain, according to a new program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness.

  • The allergy mystery

    July 26, 2010

    House dust mites, those microscopic insects we unwittingly sleep with every night, are among the few known causes of asthma and allergic symptoms.

  • Demystifying the Cardiac Stress Test

    February 22, 2010

    Treadmill stress test: What is a treadmill exercise stress test?

  • Your Morning Meal Makes a Difference

    September 14, 2009

    Breakfast comes at a terrible time of day to make a rational decision. We're rushed. We're groggy. And we're famished.

  • 1-minute workouts: 10 to try

    January 11, 2009

    Fitness is like a drug; each person needs a different dose. But if you're time-pressed you can still benefit from the bare minimum: a one-minute burst of movement.

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