• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

October 27, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Stress relievers: Tips to tame stress
Stress relievers can help restore calm to your chaotic life. When the pressure gets to be too much, try these tips for quick relief.

Hand-washing: Do's and don'tsshutterstock_196373114
Done properly, hand-washing is a simple way to avoid getting sick. Find out when to wash your hands and whether hand sanitizers can work in a pinch.

EXPERT ANSWERS
My 10-year-old has high cholesterol. How can we manage it?
Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet may help children lower their cholesterol.

Can prebiotics help control Crohn's disease?
It's not known whether prebiotics — food for a type of "good" bacteria — can help ease Crohn's disease.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Preventing anaphylaxis if you have food allergies
Risks of high cholesterol: Why you need to control it
Breast self-exam for breast awareness
Eat well to control cholesterol

HEALTHY RECIPES
Glazed turkey breast with fruit stuffing
Apple salad with figs and almonds
Apple corn muffins
Apples with dip

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Don't let your computer stare you down
Many people blink less than normal when working on a computer, which can lead to dry eyes. To keep your eyes from getting dry, make a conscious effort to blink more often. Blinking produces tears, which can help moisten and lubricate your eyes.

NOW BLOGGING
Nutrition-wise: Like adults, children are eating too much salt
A taste for salt develops early. Offering children foods with less salt is a good way to help them eat healthy now and in the future.

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María Vázquez Roque, MD