• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Gambling — all in fun or are you risking it all?

February 12, 2018

a close-up of playing cards, money and poker chips on a gaming tableTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES 
Compulsive gambling
An office Super Bowl pool or an occasional game of poker with friends is one thing. Compulsive gambling that destroys families and lives is another. Do you know the symptoms and risk factors for gambling disorder and when it's time to seek help?

Emergency health information
If there's a medical emergency, you may need your family's health information at a moment's notice. Having critical information that's up to date, accurate and handy may help you get the care you need. Learn what to include, the storage options available and more.

EXPERT ANSWERS
How can I keep up with technology without feeling stressed?
Some technology, such as tablets or smartphones, can be challenging to learn to use. You may feel trapped by technology that you feel you can't fully master. The key is making technology work for you — not against you. Here are three tactics from Dr. Edward Creagan, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and palliative care specialist.

How accurate are portable body fat analyzers?
If you're concerned about your body fat percentage, commercially available analyzers may not be the answer. Results from portable body fat analyzers can vary depending on many factors, including the quality of the device and how hydrated you are when the measurement is taken. Learn more from Dr. Edward Laskowski, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Potato and fennel soup
Sloppy Joes
Creole shrimp
Southwestern potato skins

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Office work: Don't take it sitting down
Finding time to exercise can be a challenge. Why not work out while you work? To make office exercise a part of your routine, walk or bike to work, get off the bus a few blocks early or park farther from the door. Stand while talking on the phone, or skip instant messaging and walk to a colleague's desk for a chat. Trade your desk chair for a firmly inflated fitness ball. Organize a lunchtime walking group or schedule walking meetings.

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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