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Preventing food poisoning
You've got charcoal for the grill and condiments for the burgers, but there are a few other preparations you need to consider before your cookout. At what temperature should you cook meat? And how do you defrost foods safely? Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food. Contamination can occur if food is handled or cooked incorrectly. Here's how to make sure your cookout is safe and healthy.

Summer's heat can make you sweat. Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that's not necessarily related to heat or exercise. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of hyperhidrosis.

Is there treatment for vaginal dryness after menopause?
Vaginal dryness can be a problem for many postmenopausal women, and it may result in painful intercourse. There are several treatments your health care provider might recommend. Learn more from Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN.

Weight-loss strategy: Cutting calories versus increasing exercise
The key to weight loss is to consume fewer calories than you burn. Cutting calories through dietary changes seems to promote weight loss more effectively than increasing exercise. But exercise also is important because it can help you maintain your weight loss. Learn more from Dr. Donald Hensrud, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine specialist.

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Time your lotions right
Apply moisturizers immediately after washing or bathing. Gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin. Immediately moisturize your skin with an oil or cream to trap water in the surface cells.

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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