- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: What to do when someone’s in danger of suicide
When people say they are thinking about suicide or act as though they may be considering harming themselves, it can be upsetting. You may not be sure what to do to help, whether you should take them seriously, or if your intervention might make the situation worse. Tuesday is World Suicide Prevention Day. Learn what you can do and how you can help someone in danger of suicide.
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Heart attack risk and secondhand smoke
Secondhand smoke exposure is a risk factor for having a heart attack. It's especially important to avoid secondhand smoke if you have had a previous heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease. And if you smoke, the best way to reduce your heart attack risk is to quit. Learn more from Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.
Slideshow: Types of psoriasis
Psoriasis occurs when the life cycle of skin cells speeds up, resulting in a rapid buildup of rough, dead skin cells. These skin cells accumulate, forming thick silvery scales and dry, red patches that are sometimes itchy or painful. In some cases, pus-filled blisters appear. Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandrufflike scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas. Though psoriasis signs and symptoms vary from person to person, psoriasis types typically are identified by their hallmark appearances. Check out this slideshow illustrating classic signs and symptoms of several types of psoriasis.
Ear stapling for weight loss: Does it work?
Ear stapling is based loosely on the principles of acupuncture, which involves stimulating certain points with fine needles. With acupuncture of the ear, the needles are typically left in place for only a short time. Proponents of ear stapling claim that the staples stimulate a pressure point that controls appetite, leading to weight loss. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
Why you should strengthen your core muscles
Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. From improving your balance and toning your abs to helping you achieve your overall fitness goals, find out why core exercises are an important part of a well-rounded fitness program.