• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Are you up to date on Zika?

September 12, 2016

Zika virus text over a photo of a mosquito on a finger

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Zika virus disease
The Zika virus is still making headlines. Are you up to date on the facts? Learn about testing for the disease, donating blood and more.

Bladder control problems: Medication options
Is bladder control a problem even after you've given up coffee and made other lifestyle changes? If so, it may be time to ask your doctor about medication options.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Hypothyroidism diet: Can certain foods increase thyroid function?
See if there's any evidence that eating or avoiding certain foods can help your thyroid work better.

Couvade: Is sympathetic pregnancy real?
Some men whose partners are expecting babies claim to have pregnancy-related symptoms. Learn what researchers have found.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Suicide: What to do when someone is suicidal
Video: Healthy heart numbers
Lunch recipes
Overuse injury: How to prevent training injuries

HEALTHY RECIPES
Pasta with grilled chicken, white beans and mushrooms
Caesar salad with grilled chicken
Vegetarian kebabs
Grilled fruit with balsamic vinegar syrup

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Bad breath? Drink more water
If your morning breath seems to last all day, you may not be drinking enough water. Keeping your mouth moist helps wash away food particles and bacteria, which helps keep bad breath at bay. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (again, sugarless) can help, too. If you have chronic dry mouth, your dentist or doctor may recommend an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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Going the distance: Lessons to be learned from Olympic greats
Olympic gold medalists pay an incredible price that most of us cannot fathom. We don't have their tenacity, talent or resources, but we can learn from these athletes.

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