• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

December 22, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESDoctor writing on clipboard with airplane taking off in background
Airplane ear
Will you be flying this holiday season? Airplane ear can make plane travel uncomfortable, so get tips on preventing and treating the condition.

Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health
Walking can be an ideal low-impact exercise, helping with weight, mood, balance and more. Get tips on how to stay motivated.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Eye exam: Is a laser retina scan worthwhile?
A laser retina scan can complement a traditional eye exam, but it's usually not necessary.

Flu vaccine: Safe for people with egg allergy?
If you're allergic to eggs, you still may be able to receive the flu vaccine.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Alcohol use: If you drink, keep it moderate
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Chewing tobacco: Not safer than cigarettes
Food-borne illness: First aid

HEALTHY RECIPES
Fruitcake
Fava beans with garlic
Baby minted carrots
Pork Chops

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Want healthier recipes? Swap ingredients!
A simple switch of ingredients can turn fatty family favorites into healthy dishes. Substitute turkey bacon or lean prosciutto for bacon. Replace sour cream with fat-free plain yogurt. Try lean ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef. And use applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil in baked goods.

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