• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

January 26, 2015

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESGlasses of red wine
Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?
Can a glass of red wine with your meal really help your heart? The substance resveratrol may reduce "bad" cholesterol and more.

Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt
People have been saying for centuries that chicken soup helps a cold. Does it really work? What about other remedies? Get the facts and feel better soon.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Flat stomach: Can girdles tighten abdominal muscles?
Want a flat stomach? Diet and exercise — not undergarments — are what count.

Benefits of being bilingual: Delay Alzheimer's?
Knowing at least two languages may help protect you against the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Hearing loss
Oral cancer screening
Video: Lunge exercise
Heart-healthy recipes

HEALTHY RECIPES
Black bean cakes
Vegetarian chili
Chili
Black bean and corn relish

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Simple ways to cook healthier
You can make your cooking healthier with some very simple strategies, without sacrificing taste. 1. Use herbs and spices instead of salt or butter. 2. Depending on the recipe, use low-sodium broth, or water instead of oil. 3. When steaming food, use a flavorful liquid or add seasonings to the water to enhance the flavor. 4. Stir-fry a meal, since you need only a small amount of oil or cooking spray for this cooking method.

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Nutrition-wise: Take a whole-diet approach to preventing heart disease
A whole-diet approach, such as the Mediterranean diet, is more effective for preventing heart attacks than low-fat, low-cholesterol diets.

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