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Cosmetic surgery: What to know beforehand
Cosmetic surgery, a subspecialty of plastic surgery that includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures, might seem like an easy way to shave years off your appearance or improve your physique. But there are risks and limitations. Know what to consider before surgery, how to find a surgeon and what questions to ask.

Pseudobulbar affect
Pseudobulbar affect is a condition that's characterized by episodes of sudden uncontrollable and inappropriate laughing or crying. It typically occurs in people with certain neurological conditions or injuries, which might affect the way the brain controls emotion. The condition often goes undiagnosed or is mistaken for mood disorders. Once diagnosed, however, it can be managed with medication. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of pseudobulbar affect.

What causes olfactory hallucinations?
With olfactory hallucinations, or phantosmia, you detect smells that aren't present in your environment. The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and may be foul or pleasant. They can occur in one or both nostrils. The phantom smells may be constant or come and go. Learn more from Dr. Jerry Swanson, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Is body weight training effective for strength training?
Body weight training — using only your body weight for resistance — can be an effective type of strength training. The resistance training effect you get from using your body weight can be as effective as training with free weights or weight machines. Learn more from Dr. Edward Laskowski, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

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Act 'FAST' if you suspect stroke
If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to fluctuate or disappear, remember to act "FAST," which stands for:

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to rise up?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the person's speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

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