• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

September 29, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Chronic stress puts your health at risk
Your body's stress reaction was meant to protect you. But when it's constantly on alert, your health can pay the price.

cup of steaming coffee or tea on tableCaffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more
Are you bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety? Your daily caffeine fix may be the culprit. See how much caffeine is in your favorite drinks.

Fitness: Tips for staying motivated
Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or when results come too slowly. Here are 7 tips to help you stay motivated.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Alzheimer's: Can a head injury increase my risk?
Some research indicates a link between head injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Learn more.

Dry mouth treatment: Tips for controlling dry mouth
From chewing sugar-free gum to avoiding certain products, find out how to ease dry mouth.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Rabies
Easier hepatitis C treatment
Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) and children
Snack recipes

HEALTHY RECIPES
Chicken and asparagus tossed with penne
Sweet peppers stuffed with scalloped corn
Apple lettuce salad
Almond and apricot biscotti

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Do you respect the mind-body connection?
Feel stressed out? Try meditation and put the mind-body connection to work for you. During meditation, focus your attention on a single thought or phrase and let go of the jumbled thoughts that are crowding your mind. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can help you feel more calm and less frazzled.

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Nutrition-wise: Deciphering dates on food packages
Did you know that dates on food packages are typically intended to ensure quality — not safety?

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