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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.

First-aid kits: Stock supplies that can save lives
A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. You can buy first-aid kits or assemble your own. You may want to tailor your kit based on your activities and needs. Here's a helpful list of first-aid items to keep at home and on the road.

Can yoga help me lose weight?
Trying to shed those extra pounds? While yoga will get you moving — and it can provide health benefits, such as improved blood lipid levels and enhanced mood — you shouldn't rely on yoga alone for weight loss. Learn more from Dr. Donald Hensrud, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine specialist.

Is it possible to overcome test anxiety?
When taking tests, feelings of worry and self-doubt can interfere with your performance. The same is true for your child. There are several strategies that can reduce test anxiety and increase performance. Learn more from Dr. Craig Sawchuk, a Mayo Clinic psychologist.

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Depression: Diagnosis is key
It's normal to feel sad or upset occasionally, or to be unhappy with situations in your life. But, with depression, these feelings linger for weeks, months or years. If you think you are depressed, seek medical help as soon as possible. Depression usually doesn't get better on its own, but the disorder is treatable. Remember, help is available.

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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