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Alcohol use during the holidays
During the holiday season, it may seem like opportunities to celebrate are everywhere. And when it comes to alcohol, the message can seem mixed. Drinking alcohol may offer some health benefits, especially for your heart. On the other hand, too much alcohol may damage your heart and increase your risk for certain cancers, liver disease, stroke and other serious health problems. When it comes to alcohol, the key is moderation. Here's what you need to know.

Weight management during the holidays
With all the parties and gatherings, and special foods, watching your diet can be hard during the holidays. You may find it's more manageable to shift your focus from weight loss to weight management. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.

Do breast enhancement supplements work?
Many supplements are marketed as a natural means of breast enlargement. However, they aren't likely to work and might have side effects, including adverse interactions with some medications. Learn more from Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician and past director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic.

Is it safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy?
If you'll be pregnant during flu season, be sure to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all women who are pregnant during flu season get a flu shot, regardless of their trimester. The vaccine protects both you and your baby. Learn more from Dr. Tatnai Burnett, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN.

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