• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

February 24, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Mammogram guidelines: What's changed?
Get the latest Mayo Clinic mammogram guidelines for breast cancer screening.

Heart disease prevention: Strategies keep your heart healthy
You can avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are six tips to get you started.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Alzheimer's prevention: Does it exist?
Staying physically and mentally fit may be most effective in preventing Alzheimer's.

Migraines: Are they triggered by weather changes?
Some people who have migraines appear to be more sensitive to changes in the weather.

HEALTHY RECIPESAssortment of nuts for healthy eating
Roasted salmon
Lemon or lime glaze for chicken, fish or vegetables
Tangy green beans
Sweet carrots

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Need a snack? Go nuts!
Nuts can be good for your heart. They may lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or 'bad,' cholesterol levels. Eating nuts may reduce the risk of developing blood clots that can lead to a heart attack. Try a small handful of nuts every day. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are also very heart healthy. Even peanuts, which are technically not a nut, but a legume, can be good for you. Of course, choosing nuts coated in chocolate, sugar or salt may cancel out their heart-healthy benefits.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts
Mediterranean diet for heart health
Pilates for beginners: Explore the core
Medication errors: Cut your risk with these tips

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Even a little weight loss can deliver health benefits. Find a diet that appeals to you. Strive for a long-term maintenance plan to keep the weight off.

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