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Consumer Health: Choosing healthy sunglasses
Choosing sunglasses: Check the UV protection
Sunglasses are more than a summer fashion accessory. Because ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye, choosing sunglasses with UV protection is important for your health, too. Learn more from Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist.
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Are your feet ready for summer?
Summer's here, so it's time to break out the flip-flops and sandals. But what if painful and unsightly corns and calluses have you hiding your feet? Try these lifestyle and home remedy measures.
Vitamin B-12 injections and weight loss
Proponents of vitamin B-12 injections say the shots give you more energy and boost your metabolism, helping you shed unwanted pounds. A shot that helps you shed pounds sounds appealing, but there's no solid evidence that vitamin B-12 injections aid weight loss. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
Dealing with dust mite allergy
Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust. Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, are too small to see without a microscope. In most homes, items such as bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting provide an ideal environment for dust mites. Signs of dust mite allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. By taking steps to reduce the number of dust mites in your home, you may be able to reduce your symptoms. Here's what you need to know.
How accurate are wrist blood pressure monitors?
Some wrist blood pressure monitors may be accurate if used exactly as directed. However, the American Heart Association recommends using a home blood pressure monitor that measures blood pressure in your upper arm and not using wrist or finger blood pressure monitors. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.