Link Roundup – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Elmo

Any week a Muppet make health news is a happy one for us:

Need a reason to get your downward dog on? A major new study finds that yoga helps chronic lower-back problems via less pain, improved functioning and boosted moods. (You can check out the official abstract at the journal Spine.) Need a reason not to? Bestselling author/yogi Sadie Nardini has 10 (sarcastic) ones, including #9: ” Chronic lower back pain isn’t really that bad when compared to other things…like Swine Flu.” (The Huffington Post)

On the subject of the H1N1 virus, the US government is campaigning to slow its spread. Their messenger: Elmo. The little red ticklish one appears in four flu-prevention PSAs demonstrating simple ways to stay “Happy and Healthy on Sesame Street.” (Flu.gov)

To stay healthy and happy with a stronger immune system, check out the evidence in support of Vitamin D supplementation. (Vitamin D Council)

Cheers to the LA Times for three great articles giving us the skinny on sweeteners, sugar substitutes, and why our brains may know the difference even if our taste buds don’t.

From our Baby Herbal Tonics desk: chamomile tea may help calm colicky tots. Check out the evidence and how to first make sure that your little one isn’t allergic. (New York Times)

When is a college student happy to give up pizza? When it relieves their chronic headaches. This enlightening article offers a great intro to celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder that requires a gluten-free diet. (Washington Post)

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