• By Jen O'Hara

Housecall: Prevent Food Poisoning

July 4, 2016

steak, meat, brats and vegetables cooking over a barbecue grill
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

Food poisoning: Prevention
You've got charcoal for the grill, but at what temperature should you cook meat? And, how do you defrost foods safely? Here's how to make your cookout a healthy one.

Complementary and alternative medicine: Evaluate claims
If you're considering an herbal remedy, acupuncture or another alternative treatment, do your homework first. Here's what to look for and how to weed out misinformation.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Sunburn treatment: Do I need medical attention?
The summer sun can do a number on your skin. Know when sunburn merits a trip to the doctor.

Antihistamines for insomnia
Antihistamines can cause drowsiness, which might help you fall asleep for a few nights, but using them regularly isn't a good idea.

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Recipes that serve 8

HEALTHY RECIPES
Balsamic feta chicken
Barley risotto with asparagus
Vegetable stir-fry
Strawberry mockarita

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Prevent night leg cramps
Nighttime leg cramps often strike just as you're falling asleep or waking up. To prevent these involuntary contractions of your leg muscles — usually in the back of your lower leg — stretch your legs before you climb under the covers. Wear shoes with proper support. Untuck the covers at the foot of your bed. And, drink plenty of fluids during the day.

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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