- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health Tips: Reflexology and stress
What is reflexology? Can it relieve stress?
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears, and it can alleviate stress. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology also may reduce pain, anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
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Sunless tanning: What you need to know
Are you looking for that sun-kissed glow without damage from ultraviolet rays? Sunless tanning lotions, creams and sprays may be the answer. Understand how these products work — and the importance of applying them carefully and correctly.
Slideshow: Core strength exercises with a fitness ball
Core strength exercises strengthen your core muscles, including your abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis. You can do many core strength exercises with a fitness ball. Watch this brief slideshow for examples and tips on proper form for best results.
Children, fruit juice and obesity
Research has shown a link between children drinking fruit juice and obesity. But, fruit juice still can be part of a healthy diet for your child. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.
Niacin and cholesterol
Is the B vitamin niacin the solution to high cholesterol? It may raise your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, but the side effects might outweigh benefits for most people. Find out if niacin therapy is right for you, and learn about lifestyle changes that may boost your HDL cholesterol instead.