Health Fusion

Health care journalist Viv Williams delivers daily health tips. Meet amazing people who’ll share their stories of illness, wellness and how they find joy.

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Health Fusion: Avoid winter health hazards with these safety tips
Fri Dec 30 17:44:51 EST 2022
Fracturing a bone when you fall on the ice and wrenching your back while shoveling snow are two common injuries that happen in winter. In this episode of Health Fusion, Viv Williams gets winter safety tips from a University of Minnesota doctor.

Can extreme cold damage your lungs? Get answers from an expert who studies the lungs of winter athletes
Thu Dec 29 11:16:31 EST 2022
When arctic blasts cause temperatures to plummet, stepping outside can be dangerous. Frost bite can set in quickly. And if you've ever taken a deep breath in extreme cold, you know that it feels as if your lungs are freezing too. In this Health Fusion episode, Viv Williams talks to a researcher from Canada who studies what intensely cold air could do to athlete's (or anyone's) lungs.

Health Fusion: Holiday travel and disrupted routines can be hard for people with Alzheimer's. Get tips that can help
Thu Dec 22 15:18:03 EST 2022
Loading up the car to visit family and friends during the holidays can be hectic. And when one of the travelers has Alzheimer's disease, the process may be even more stressful. In this episode of "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares tips from the American Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota on how to make holiday travel and disrupted routines less difficult.

Health Fusion: 3 ways those sneaky elves on shelves and other traditions may help you handle the holiday blues
Thu Dec 15 16:30:42 EST 2022
Why, at a time when people are supposed to be full of holiday joy and cheer, do you feel sad when you walk by a tree that's decorated in full, twinkling regalia? In this episode of "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gets tips on how to handle the holiday blues from a University of Minnesota expert and learns lessons from — believe it or not — the Elf on a Shelf.

Health Fusion: Practice the 4 "P's" of pickleball to stay injury-free. Tips from a Mayo Clinic expert
Thu Dec 08 16:41:33 EST 2022
If you're thinking of joining the pickleball craze, or are already a player, listen up. A Mayo Clinic hand and wrist surgeon has tips to help you avoid injuries on the court. Viv Williams has details of the four "p's" of pickleball in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: True of false. Test your holiday health smarts with this quiz
Tue Dec 06 16:38:04 EST 2022
Christmas cards can kill. True or false? Or, how about this one — during the height of the holidays, more people die from heart attacks than any other time of the year. True or false? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares health trivia in her holiday quiz. See how well you do!

Health Fusion: Want to unlock the secret to waking up refreshed and alert? Do these three things
Thu Dec 01 13:48:03 EST 2022
When your alarm clock goes off, do you hop out of bed feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day? Or are you groggy, tired and would rather hit snooze and sleep longer? A new study shows that the secret to feeling more energetic in the morning is to do three things. Viv Williams has the details in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: The Winter wonderland effect: How a walk in the snow may boost body image
Tue Nov 29 14:22:47 EST 2022
Do you ever feel down about your body? Bundling up and taking a walk in the snow may help improve your body image. Viv Williams has details of a new study in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: Don't let too much salt, fat and caffeine cause "holiday heart" this Thanksgiving
Tue Nov 22 15:32:12 EST 2022
Do you overindulge on Thanksgiving? A lot of people do. It can be hard to resist recipes you only get during the holidays. But if you chow down on foods and drinks that are high in salt, fat or caffeine, you may be at risk of "holiday heart." Viv Williams has details from Mayo Clinic cardiologists in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

Health Fusion: Late sleepers at higher risk of depression than early risers. Here's what you can do about it
Tue Nov 08 15:23:30 EST 2022
When temps drop and days shorten in the fall, are you temped to hibernate and stay in bed a little longer? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares what experts now know about a possible connection between how early you wake up and your risk of depression.