- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: You know core exercises are good for you — here’s why
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.
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Are natural remedies for depression effective?
Treating depression with a natural remedy can't replace getting proper medical care. And natural doesn't always mean safe. However, certain herbal and dietary supplements work well for some people. More studies are needed to determine which are most likely to help and what side effects they might cause. Learn more from Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist.
Video: 'Healthy heart numbers'
Improving your heart health is a numbers game. To play the game, you have to know the four most important numbers to good heart health: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and waist circumference. Learn more about these numbers and what you can do to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
Home safety tips for Alzheimer's caregiving
Home safety is important for everyone, but it's critical if you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease. Paying attention to home safety can give you peace of mind and help your loved one maintain his or her independence. Consider these room-by-room home safety tips to keep your loved one out of harm's way.
Chronic constipation: Diagnosis and treatment
Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. Some people experience chronic constipation that can interfere with their ability to go about their daily tasks. In addition to a general physical exam and digital rectal exam, there are several tests and procedures health care providers use to diagnose chronic constipation and find the cause. Treatment usually begins with diet and lifestyle changes meant to increase the speed at which stool moves through your intestines. If those changes don't help, your health care provider may recommend medications or surgery. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment options for chronic constipation.