Patti NeighmondAward-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
For athletes and nonathletes alike, stretching to keep muscles limber may help prevent cramping later in life.
Despite public health messages about exercise and eating healthfully, many children are acquiring what used to be considered "adult diseases," like diabetes and high blood pressure.
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As we age, our muscles deteriorate, and they don't repair as quickly as they used to. But the good news is that exercise and weightlifting can still make muscles stronger.
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A weakening immune system makes inoculations both more important and less effective for the elderly. But scientists can "trick" the immune system into a younger response by adding a little extra oomph to vaccines for older people via chemicals called adjuvants or larger doses of the vaccines.
Many schools have made an effort to get rid of unhealthy snacks and educate students about nutrition. Elementary students in Gilbert, Ariz., check out the fruit and vegetable choices as a part of a school lunch program called "A to Z Salad Bar."
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