• By Laurel Kelly

Housecall: Caring for a dying loved one

May 8, 2017

a close-up of two hands clasped, one older and one youngerTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
End of life: Caring for a dying loved one
When someone you care about is approaching the end of life, you might not feel prepared. Understanding what to expect — and what you can do to increase your loved one's comfort — can help. Here's what you should know.

Breast lumps: Early evaluation is essential
Even though breast lumps are common and usually not cancerous, it's important to get them checked out. Know what to expect during a clinical breast exam — and what happens when a lump needs further evaluation.

Air pollution and exercise: Is outdoor exercise risky?
While aerobic activity is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle, air pollution and exercise can be an unhealthy combination. Take these precautions before you get moving outside.

How many hours of sleep are enough?
How much shut-eye you need depends on a variety of factors, including age. These general guidelines may help.

Low blood pressure (hypotension): Symptoms and causes
What are probiotics?
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Age spots (liver spots): An overview

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Coconut shrimp
Spicy snow peas
Asian vegetable salad

Don't go overboard for coconut water
Coconut water is the clear fluid inside a coconut. Because it has natural electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium and manganese, it's popular for rehydration after exercise. But 8 ounces of coconut water has 45 to 60 calories. If these calories put you over your daily calorie limit, you could easily gain 5 to 6 pounds a year. So, while coconut water may be comparable to some sports drinks, plain water is still the smart choice for a calorie-free drink after your workout.

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

Nutrition-wise: Omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease
If you're worried about cardiovascular disease, take a look at your diet. Find out why eating fish twice a week may help your heart.

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