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    Housecall: Colon cancer screening — know your options

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Weighing the options for colon cancer screening
If your doctor has recommended colon cancer screening, you might be able to choose from various screening tests. If you're reluctant to make a decision, remember that any discomfort or embarrassment from colon cancer screening is temporary, and detecting problems early could save your life. Here's what you should know.

Medications, supplements and your blood pressure
Some prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements and other substances, can raise your blood pressure. These substances also can interfere with medications intended to lower your blood pressure. See how what's in your medicine cabinet may affect your blood pressure.

How is dry mouth treated?
From chewing sugar-free gum to avoiding certain foods and drinks, find out how to ease dry mouth.

How does breakfast help control weight?
Tempted to skip breakfast to save calories? You may be sabotaging your attempts to lose weight.

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Can't sleep? Try daytime exercise
Regular physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, can help you fall asleep faster and make your sleep more restful. However, for some people, exercising right before bed may make getting to sleep more difficult. If that's you, don't exercise within six hours of bedtime.

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: Small changes for new, healthier habits

March is National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to take stock of your eating habits and make a few improvements. This year's theme, "Put Your Best Fork Forward," is a reminder that everyone has the tools to make healthier food choices.

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