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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Eat well to control cholesterol
Opting for a heart-healthy diet may help you keep your cholesterol levels in check. Here are the foods to eat — and the ones to skip.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): Prevention
If vacation plans are in your future, stay safe before you even arrive. Sitting for long stretches in a car or plane raises your risk for blood clots. Here's how to help avoid them.
Bipolar disorder and alcoholism: Are they related?
Up to half of people with bipolar disorder also struggle with alcoholism. See which factors likely play a role.
Fainting during urination (micturition syncope): What causes it?
A drop in blood pressure is to blame for fainting while urinating or right after. See who's at risk.
HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Create a family health record
Prepare for a family emergency by gathering important details about your family's health. For each person, create a medical reference file that includes his or her birthdate, doctors' names and phone numbers, and insurance information. Compile a list of allergies, medications, major health problems and surgeries. Also, include advance directives — the legal documents that outline your decisions about health care, such as whether to use life support machines.
Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.
Nutrition-wise: Gut check — How to spot diet scams
Promises of effortless weight loss sound good, maybe too good. How do you know what to believe? Try a gut check.
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