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Sheila M. Eldred

Minneapolis

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As a freelance journalist specializing in health, sports, and fitness, Sheila Mulrooney Eldred writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, the human brain, opioids, ticks and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, VICE, STAT News and other publications.

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A health advocate’s crusade to end skin lightening

Karmel Square is a hub of the Somali community here, a colorful, cheerfully noisy hodgepodge of vendors and restaurants unofficially known as the Somali Mall. Amira Adawe stops by often to buy tea and chat in Somali with friends and relatives wearing hijabs and flowing, floor-length skirts. They greet her with smiles and hugs, and she calls them “auntie.” Her visits are more than social, however. The public health advocate scans market shelves for skin lightening creams that may contain harmful toxins — tubes and jars sold under names such as Fair & Lovely, Prime White, and Miss Beauty 7 Days White.
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Walker Art Center’s Reckoning With ‘Scaffold’ Isn’t Over Yet

Olga Viso, executive director of the Walker Art Center. Matthew Hintz for The New York Times. The wooden remnants of “Scaffold,” the gallows-like sculpture that created so much controversy at the Walker Art Center this summer, will soon be buried in symbolic fashion. But the museum, one of the nation’s top contemporary art institutions, is still reckoning with the fallout and with questions about decision making.
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The Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering

In the days and months following the 2016 presidential campaign, Sarah Stocco of St. Paul threw herself into civic activities: calling her congressional representatives, attending postcard-writing parties, joining a neighborhood political action committee. Since the election of Donald Trump, volunteering and civic engagement have increased both in the Twin Cities and nationwide, says Mark Snyder, director of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota.
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Fake news: How not to fall for it

A 7-year-old recently found a picture of President Donald Trump on the internet and gazed at it indignantly. “Look how stupid he is!”. she said to her dad, pointing to the image. The photo showed Trump writing his inaugural speech — with his pen turned upside down. Of course, the image was not the original photograph.
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In an era of fake news, students must act like journalists

When students sign up for oceanography at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Calif., many can’t wait to discuss mermaids and monster sharks. They are quickly chagrined to learn that neither actually exists. “People come in with hard-core misconceptions that come right off the internet or TV,” says teacher Dan Perreault.
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Lyme Disease Is Spreading, Partly Because of This Mouse

Black-legged ticks in forests of the Northeast and Midwest have a variety of options for the three blood meals they consume in their lifetime: In their earlier stages, the ticks feed on at least 41 species of mammals, from chipmunks to black bears, plus 57 species of birds and 14 species of lizards. In adulthood, they will hop onto at least 27 species of mammals and one type of lizard.
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Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids

Four revolutionary school programs are teaching kids how to take care of their physical, social, and emotional health. A few minutes of breathing mindfully before a test in a San Francisco high school. Studying a leaf of Swiss chard picked fresh from a school garden in Detroit. A jog around a track before the school day begins in Bowling Green, Ky.
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Food and Faith

How public health and religion are teaming up to save waistlines—and lives—through a novel approach to eating. Two years ago, Jason Jordan-Griffin had a health concern, one that afflicts some 70 percent of his fellow Americans. He was overweight. The pastor at Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore felt the burden not just of these extra pounds but also of the mixed message he was sending from the pulpit.
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Prince’s Death: One Year Later, Unsolved Mysteries

It is one of the great mysteries in recent American pop culture: the death of Prince almost one year ago and the circumstances that led him to be found crumpled on the floor of an elevator at his sprawling residence Paisley Park outside of Minneapolis. How did he come into possession of the powerful opioid fentanyl, which killed him in what the coroner ruled was an accidental overdose?
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The Rise in Group Health Appointments

In a darkened room in the heart of a vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood, eight people walk in a circle, immune to the honking and flashing lights of cars and buses outside. A faint scent of roasted kale chips permeates the space, the last slide of a PowerPoint presentation glows on a screen, and a blood-pressure machine hums quietly.
Experience Life Link to Story
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The Mental Costs of Being a Refugee in America

Getting psychological help from an unfamiliar healthcare system comes with serious challenges. When Ahmed Hassan decided to major in psychology at Southwest Minnesota State University, his Somali-born community assumed he was training to be a psychic. Not an unexpected reaction, given the popularity of psychic hotlines in the early 2000s—and the lack of anything equivalent to psychotherapy in Somalia.
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A Former Olympic Snowboarder On His Journey From Tragedy To Mindfulness

In 2009, Kevin Pearce was considered to be one of the best snowboarders in the world. Then, while training to compete against rival Shaun White in the 2010 Olympics, Pearce collided with the half-pipe wall, shattering his left eye socket and causing bleeding to his brain. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury that almost killed him, and after a six-day coma and years of recovery, his competitive snowboarding career was over.
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Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two kids. Click on the resume icon to read more about her career.