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Consumer Health Tips: All about kombucha
Kombucha tea: Does it have health benefits?
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Proponents claim it helps prevent and manage serious health conditions, from high blood pressure to cancer. What does the research show? And are there risks? Learn more about kombucha tea from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
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Intervention: Helping a loved one overcome addiction
Is someone you care about struggling with alcohol, drugs, compulsive eating or another addictive behavior? Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. Or you may need to take a more focused approach with a formal intervention. Learn about planning an intervention, how it works and what you can expect during and after.
Diuretics and low potassium
Diuretics commonly are used to treat high blood pressure. They lower your blood pressure by helping your body eliminate sodium and water through your urine. However, some diuretics also can cause you to eliminate more potassium in your urine, which can lead to low potassium levels in your blood. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.
Frontal lobe seizures: An overview
Frontal lobe seizures are a common form of epilepsy, a neurologic disorder in which clusters of brain cells send abnormal signals and cause seizures. They may be caused by abnormal brain tissue, infection, injury, stroke, tumors or other conditions, and there may be unusual symptoms that can appear to be related to a psychiatric problem or a sleep disorder. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments for frontal lobe seizures.
The benefits of eating less meat
Meatless meals are built around beans, lentils, vegetables and whole grains. These plant-based proteins tend to be less expensive and offer more health benefits than meat. From maintaining a healthy weight to reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes, find out why meatless meals are good for your health and pocketbook.