• Consumer Health: Top foods to improve your cholesterol numbers

a close-up overhead view of a bowl of oatmeal with almonds, blueberries and cranberries sprinkled on topCholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers
Can a bowl of oatmeal lower your cholesterol? How about a handful of almonds? A few simple tweaks to your diet — along with exercise and other heart-healthy habits — may help you lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.


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Finding a mental health provider
World Mental Health Day will be observed on Wednesday, Oct. 10. If you've never seen a mental health provider before, you may not know how to find one who suits your specific needs. Do you need a psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor? Here are some things to keep in mind as you search for a mental health provider.

Treating your headaches
Almost everyone gets headaches, and many are nothing to worry about. But if headaches are disrupting your activities, work or personal life, it's time to see your health care provider. The first step in determining the correct treatment is determining what type of headache you have. Learn more about different types of headaches, and some treatments and self-care measures that may be recommended.

Slideshow: Joint protection for people with hand arthritis
People with hand arthritis should avoid pinching items between their thumb and forefinger because this puts extra stress on already painful joints. Using pens with large barrels or rubbery grips can reduce stress on your finger and thumb joints. What other tools could make your everyday tasks less painful?

Conflicting mammogram results
Most abnormalities found on screening mammograms turn out to be insignificant and not breast cancer. It's important that the radiologist compares your current and past mammograms to assess whether the area of concern is stable or new. And additional views may be needed. Learn more from Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician and past director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic.

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