• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

November 18, 2013

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

Light therapy
Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by exposure to artificial light.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Canola oil: Does it contain toxins?
Health concerns regarding canola oil are unfounded.

Vitamin D and MS: Is there any connection?
 Some research suggests that vitamin D may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis.

HEALTHY RECIPES
Southwestern chicken and pasta
Fish tacos with tomatillo sauce
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Grilled pork fajitas

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Humidifier care 101
Dry winter air can take a toll on your skin, nose and lips. To increase the humidity indoors, try a portable home humidifier. Set the humidity level between 30 and 50 percent, and fill the humidifier with distilled or demineralized water. Change the humidifier water often. Clean the humidifier every three days. If the humidifier has a filter, change it at least as often as the manufacturer recommends.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Swine flu (H1N1 flu)
Learning disorders: Know the signs, how to help
Fatigue
Eye exam

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