• By Jen O'Hara

Monday’s Housecall

May 11, 2015

friendship - two women laughing together and sharing friendship - diversityTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke
Laughter is powerful stress-relief medicine. Learn the short- and long-term benefits. Then discover how to fire up your sense of humor.

Aging parents: 8 warning signs of health problems
Whether you live close to your parents or far away, you want to be sure they're taking care of themselves. Here are some signs that they may need help.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Menopause hormone therapy: Who shouldn't take it

For women with heart disease or other conditions, hormone therapy isn't a good option for treating menopause symptoms.

Detox diets: Do they work?
Detox diets are popular, but they're unproven and may have side effects. Get the facts.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Allergies and asthma: Double trouble
Slide show: 5 healthy recipes for fresh fruit
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Head pain: First aid

HEALTHY RECIPES
Dilled pasta salad with spring vegetables
Crab salad
Rhubarb pecan muffins
Strawberry shortcake

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Strength training: How many sets?
When it comes to strength training, there's nothing magical about three sets. In fact, a single set of 12 repetitions can generally build muscle just as efficiently as can multiple sets of the same exercise. So if you're short on time, try this approach: Work your major muscle groups two or three times a week. Do a single set of each exercise, using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 repetitions.

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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Living with diabetes: Tips for diabetes caregivers
Caring for someone with diabetes can be a struggle for friends and family members. Here are some helpful tips.

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