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E-cigarettes: Not a safe way to light up
Are e-cigarettes safe? Manufacturers say yes, but experts warn of health risks. Here are the facts about e-cigarettes and vaping.

Memory loss: When to seek help
Memory loss may be a sign of normal aging, a treatable condition or the onset of dementia. An accurate diagnosis will allow appropriate treatment and planning. Know when it's time to see your health care provider.

Can eating grapefruit cause problems with my medications?
Think twice before enjoying your breakfast. Grapefruit and certain other citrus fruits, such as Seville oranges, can interfere with several kinds of prescription medications and cause potentially dangerous health problems. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.

Should I be worried about some bleeding after menopause?
Although the reason for bleeding after menopause may be harmless, there could be a more serious cause. Learn more from Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a Mayo Clinic obstetrician and gynecologist.

Staph infections: Symptoms and causes
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Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you
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Blister care tips
Need to drain a painful blister? To avoid infection, follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands and the blister with soap and warm water.
  2. Swab the blister with iodine.
  3. Sterilize a clean, sharp needle with rubbing alcohol, and puncture the blister at several spots along the edge.
  4. Let the blister drain, but leave the overlying skin alone.
  5. Apply an ointment, such as Vaseline or Plastibase, to the blister, and cover it with a bandage.
  6. Change the dressing every day, applying more ointment and a new bandage.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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