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a smiling woman outside on a sunny day, peering over her sunglassesChoosing healthy sunglasses
Sunglasses are more than a summer fashion accessory. Because 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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Going gluten-free
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten and primarily is used to treat celiac disease. Some people who don't have celiac disease also may have symptoms when they eat gluten, however. This is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Going gluten-free is a big change, and it can take some getting used to. Learn more about following a gluten-free diet, including which foods are allowed and the ones to skip.

Strength training: How-to video collection
Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. And new research shows it may lower your risk of metabolic syndrome, which is associated with heart disease, stroke and diabetes. From biceps curls to calf raises and more, here's a collection of how-to videos to help you get started.

Vitamin D supplements for babies
Does your baby need vitamin D supplements? It depends, on whether you breast-feed your baby or how much vitamin D-fortified formula or cow's milk your baby is drinking. Learn more from Dr. Jay Hoecker, an emeritus Mayo Clinic pediatrician, about the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics for vitamin D for babies.

Swimmer's ear: An overview
Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis media, is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth. Prompt treatment can prevent complications and serious infections. Do you know the symptoms of swimmer's ear and when you need to see a health care professional?

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