• By Jen O'Hara

Housecall: Zika Virus Update

February 22, 2016

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

What is the Zika virus, and should I be worried?
Linked to symptoms such as a rash and even birth defects, the Zika virus has gained people's attention. How concerned should you be?

Dietary fats: Know which types to choose
Not all dietary fats are created equal. Discover which ones to avoid and which ones to add to your plate for good health.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Whitening toothpaste: Does it whiten teeth?
Looking to brighten your smile? Find out how whitening toothpaste works and whether it's worth trying.

Vicks VapoRub: An effective nasal decongestant?
Was your mom right — can Vicks VapoRub truly relieve a stuffy nose? Or is it a trick of the mind?

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Slideshow: Low-calorie-density foods for weight control
Pancreatic cancer
Erectile dysfunction
Family therapy

HEALTHY RECIPES
Caesar salad with grilled chicken
Honey crusted chicken
Pineapple chicken stir-fry
Southwestern chicken and pasta

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Headaches 101: Know your type
Your head hurts. Again. To better understand your headaches, take a close look at your symptoms. Do your headaches feel like a tight band around your head? These are probably tension headaches, easily treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Do you have headaches nearly every day? Chronic daily headaches may be a rebound phenomenon from daily analgesic use and may improve when you stop your pain relievers. Are your headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or sound? These may be migraines, which often require prescription medication. If your headaches are disrupting your daily activities, talk with your doctor.

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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