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It's not as world-famous as ramen or sushi. But the humble onigiri is soul food in Japan

It's not as world-famous as ramen or sushi. But the humble onigiri is soul food in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The word “onigiri” became part of the Oxford English Dictionary this year, proof that the humble sticky-rice ball and mainstay of Japanese food has entered the global lexicon.
Claire Nielsen: A few common reasons for weight gain

Claire Nielsen: A few common reasons for weight gain

Columnist Claire Nielsen shares her thoughts on this complex topic.
Claire Nielsen: Healing relationships through self-inquiry

Claire Nielsen: Healing relationships through self-inquiry

After exploring our thoughts and asking four questions, we can broaden our perspective, challenge our assumptions, and find new ways of interpreting our experiences.
Patient describes harrowing stiff person syndrome, lack of resources in Canada

Patient describes harrowing stiff person syndrome, lack of resources in Canada

An "episode at work" is how Robyn Cook describes the sudden and life-changing full-body spasm that sent her to the emergency room, five years before a mysterious set of symptoms would be diagnosed as stiff person syndrome.
Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Try the gym and weight-resistance training

Looking for the Fountain of Youth? Try the gym and weight-resistance training

There are biological limits, but one expert says the bulk of age-related decline in strength, flexibility and endurance is behavioural — putting too few demands on the body, not too many.
Claire Nielsen: Negative calorie diet — fact or fad?

Claire Nielsen: Negative calorie diet — fact or fad?

"When we eat only to satisfy our need for satiation and/or to feed our cravings, the majority of the food we consume may have very little nutritional value," writes columnist Claire Nielsen.
Leftover rice gets a new life in this Nigerian-inspired curried skillet meal

Leftover rice gets a new life in this Nigerian-inspired curried skillet meal

Freshly cooked rice is delightfully tender and fragrant, but not the best choice for fried rice due to its soft, moist texture.
Keeping children safe on social media: What parents should know to protect their kids

Keeping children safe on social media: What parents should know to protect their kids

At what age should kids be on social media? Should they be on it at all? If they aren't, will they be social pariahs? Should parents monitor their conversations? Do parental controls work? Navigating social media as a parent — not to mention a child
Lower your risk of falling as you get older with these simple steps

Lower your risk of falling as you get older with these simple steps

Common as falls may be, they are not inevitable. Here are some recommendations on how to reduce your risk of falling.
Claire Nielsen: Healing to find our purpose

Claire Nielsen: Healing to find our purpose

"To heal the haunting of guilt and shame, we need to forgive ourselves," writes Claire Nielsen.