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Empty-nest syndrome: Tips for coping
If your last child is all grown up and about to leave home — or he or she has already moved out — you might be feeling mixed emotions. Although you encourage your children to become independent, the experience of letting go can be painful. Find out how an empty nest can affect parents, what you can do to prepare for the transition and how to cope.
Understanding ovarian cancer
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to learn more about this disease. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. At this late stage, it's more difficult to treat and frequently is fatal. Early-stage ovarian cancer, in which the disease is confined to the ovary, is more likely to be treated successfully. Factors that can increase your risk of ovarian cancer include your age, family and genetic history, and use of estrogen hormone replacement therapy. What do you know about ovarian cancer?
What is a Candida cleanse diet and what does it do?
Some complementary and alternative medicine practitioners blame common symptoms such as fatigue, headache and poor memory on overgrowth of the funguslike organism Candida albicans in the intestines, sometimes called "yeast syndrome." To cure the syndrome, they recommend a Candida cleanse diet. Is it effective? Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
Can Resperate help reduce blood pressure?
Resperate is a portable electronic device that promotes slow, deep breathing. Resperate is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for reducing stress and lowering blood pressure, and it's available without a prescription. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.
HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
What sell-by dates really mean
Did you know that the use-by and the sell-by dates on food packages typically are intended to ensure quality, not safety? These dates tell grocery stores how long to display products for sale. They don't indicate how long a food is safe to eat. Rather than relying on these dates, make it a habit to use or freeze perishable food within a few days of purchase.
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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