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Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease
A diet that's high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease. Eating habits can be hard to change, though. From controlling portion sizes and choosing food that are healthier to allowing yourself the occasional indulgence, here are eight tips that can help make heart-healthy eating both doable and enjoyable.


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Vaccines for adults
Vaccines aren't just for children. Adults need certain shots, too. Vaccines for adults are recommended based on your age, prior vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation and travel destinations. The schedule is updated every year, and changes range from the addition of a new vaccine to tweaks of current recommendations. Here's what you need to know.

Protein shakes: Good for weight loss?
Despite claims by manufacturers of protein shakes, the drinks are not the best way to lose ,weight and keep it off. Depending on the rest of your diet and how much you exercise, adding protein shakes may make you gain weight. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.

What alternative treatments work for psoriasis?
It's unclear whether any alternative treatments — those used in place of traditional medical care — are definitively effective at treating psoriasis symptoms. But some alternative treatments are considered generally safe and may ease itching and scaling in some people. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

Antidepressants: Selecting one that's right for you
Antidepressants are a popular treatment choice for depression. Although antidepressants may not cure depression, they can reduce symptoms. There are a number of antidepressants available that work in slightly different ways and have different side effects. The first antidepressant you try may work fine. But if it doesn't relieve your symptoms, or it causes side effects that bother you, you may need to try another. With persistence, you and your health care provider should find one that works better for you. Learn more about selecting the right antidepressant for you.

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