• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

November 11, 2013

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Bone health: Tips to keep your bones healthy
Wondering how to keep your bones strong and healthy? Follow these tips to take care of your bones.

Asthma: Limit asthma attacks caused by colds or flu
Asthma, colds and flu — Keep your sneeze from turning into a wheeze.

Asthma triggers: Are hard flooring surfaces better than carpet?
Replacing carpet with hard flooring may be a good idea if you have asthma.

Hand swelling during exercise: A concern?
Hand swelling during exercise is a common problem, but rarely serious enough to disrupt your routine.

Potato soup with apples and Brie
Sloppy joes
Tuscan white bean stew
Pumpkin soup

Caucasian man's fist pounding down on a pile of broken cigarettesHEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Quit smoking: Surviving quit day
Getting through 'quit day' can be emotionally and physically challenging, especially if tobacco cravings strike. Use these tips to help get through quit-smoking day: 1. Don't smoke, not even 'just one.' 2. Begin using nicotine replacement therapy if you've chosen that method. 3. Remind yourself of reasons to quit smoking. 4. Keep physically active. 5. Avoid situations and people that trigger cravings. 6. Attend a support group, counseling session or stop-smoking class. 7. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques. 8. Keep your hands busy by texting, writing, squeezing a ball or knitting.

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Asthma medications: Know your options
High cholesterol
Allergies and asthma: They often occur together
Slide show: Age-related vision problems

Nutrition-wise: Prevent kitchen fires with these safety tips
Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires. Fortunately they can be prevented with a few simple safety tips.



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