• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

February 23, 2015

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESpills and pill bottles
Antibiotics: Misuse puts you and others at risk
Did you know that antibiotics can't treat colds or the flu? Find out why these drugs don't help certain infections.

Dietary fats: Know which types to choose
Not all dietary fats are created equal. Discover which ones to avoid and which ones to add to your plate for good health.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Chronic stress: Can it cause depression?
Not coping well with chronic stress can wear you down and raise the risk of depression.

Vicks VapoRub: An effective nasal decongestant?
Find out if Vicks VapoRub can truly relieve a stuffy nose or if it tricks your brain instead.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Video: Injury season for snow blowers
Living with multiple sclerosis
Exercise headaches
Caring for the elderly: Dealing with resistance

HEALTHY RECIPES
Gingery chicken noodle soup
Chinese fried rice
Tofu hoisin with baby bok choy
Fresh spring rolls with shrimp

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Walking for fitness: Overcoming setbacks
Don't give up if your walking program goes off track. Get back in the game with these four tips: 1. Stop beating yourself up. Shrug it off as a temporary setback, even if it happens more than once. 2. Re-evaluate your goals. Make sure your goals are neither too hard nor too easy. 3. Get going. Just do some form of exercise today, even if it's only for 15 minutes. 4. Keep planning. Figure out ways to fit in a walk even if you're going on a trip, working overtime or juggling family duties.

NOW BLOGGING
Nutrition-wise: The new (ab)normal — Are bigger portions the norm?
Serving sizes have been growing. So have we. The average restaurant meal today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s.

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