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Posted by Dana Sparks (@danasparks) · Mon, Aug 4 at 1:09pm EDT

Monday's Housecall

Housecall Banner blue and whiteTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESwoman putting sugar substitute or artificial sweetener in coffee cup
Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes
Are you trying to reduce the sugar and calories in your diet? Find out if artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are good choices.

Colon cancer screening: Weighing the options
If you need a colon cancer screening, you might have the option to choose which kind to have. Discover pros and cons of the different tests.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Does family history put my toddler at risk of eosinophilic esophagitis?
Family history increases the chance of developing eosinophilic esophagitis, but there are other risk factors.

Low blood sodium in older adults: A concern?
For older adults, low blood sodium (hyponatremia) can be fatal if left untreated.

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Baked macaroni with red sauce
Marinated portobello mushrooms with provolone
Mixed bean salad
Mixed berry whole-grain coffeecake

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Top 5 foods to lower your cholesterol
A few tweaks to your diet may be enough to lower your cholesterol to a healthy level and help you stay off medications. Consider adding these cholesterol-lowering foods to your diet: 1. Oatmeal and oat bran. 2. Walnuts, almonds and other nuts. 3. Fish, especially mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon. 4. Olive oil. 5. Foods fortified with plant sterols or stanols, such as margarines, orange juice and yogurt drinks.

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Napping: Do's and don'ts for healthy adults
Parkinson's disease
Slide show: 5 healthy recipes for fresh fruit

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