• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

January 5, 2015

HousecallBannerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Smoking cessation: Creating a quit-smoking plan
Have you resolved to quit smoking for good? Having a plan can help you cope with nicotine withdrawal and strong urges to light up.

Memory loss: When to seek help
Losing your memory may be a sign of normal aging, a treatable condition or the onset of dementia. Know when to see your doctor.

EXPERT ANSWERSwoman in red shirt breaks tobacco cigarette, quit smoking concept
Hangover prevention: Do lighter colored drinks help?
Drinking lighter colored drinks is not a good method of hangover prevention — but it may help a little.

Loss of taste and smell: Natural with aging?
Aging can play a role in the loss of taste and smell, but not always. Learn about other factors.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Restless legs syndrome
Video: Tomosynthesis: New breast cancer screening
Prediabetes
Watery eyes

HEALTHY RECIPES
Creole-style black-eyed peas
Cod with lemon and capers
Brown rice pilaf with asparagus and mushrooms
Chipotle spiced shrimp

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Laugh more, stress less
Humor can help reduce stress by providing a positive way of looking at problems. Humor can also help you perceive what's ridiculous or absurd in a situation. To promote humor in your life, follow these steps: 1. Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to laugh, even during tough times. 2. Surround yourself with humor. Try hanging cartoons in your workstation. 3. Seek out humor. Look for humor in everyday situations. Or watch a favorite comedy DVD. 4. Share your humor. Tell a funny true story to a coworker or friend.

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Nutrition-wise: Weight management mantra: Maintain, don't gain
Try thinking about about weight in a new way: Focus on a healthy lifestyle that prevents weight gain rather than on dieting for weight loss.

 

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