• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

May 5, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Managing your cholesterol
Learn how medications and healthy lifestyle choices can help keep your cholesterol in check.

Fingernails: Do's and don'ts for healthy nails
Find out what's normal and what's not for fingernails, and get tips on taking good care of them.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Weightlifting: Best before or after an aerobic workout?
Experiment to see if doing weights or cardio first works best for you.

Pseudoclaudication: Is it related to claudication?
These two conditions cause similar symptoms — leg pain while standing or walking — but for different reasons.

HEALTHY RECIPES
Grilled chicken salad with olives and orangesMan with Migraine Headache
Vegetable salsa
Baby minted carrots
Ambrosia with coconut and toasted almonds

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Stress and headaches: Stop the cycle
Stress can make your head hurt, and a headache can really stress you out. Either way, you can rein in the pain with these tips to keep stress under control: 1. Simplify. Ask yourself what really needs to be done and what can be dropped. 2. Delegate. Look over your to-do list and delegate what you can. 3. Laugh. Humor is a great way to relieve stress. 4. Relax. When you feel your muscles begin to tense, breathe deeply. Focus on inhaling and exhaling deeply and slowly for at least 10 minutes. 5. Exercise. Regular exercise provides a healthy break from the stress of daily life.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Vaccines for adults: Which do you need?
Stroke
Slide show: Guide to beans and legumes
Wheezing

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Nutrition-wise: Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy
What is your waistline telling you? Get a measuring tape and find out if your waist circumference is associated with shorter longevity.

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