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Exercise and stress
Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can relieve stress. Even if you're out of shape, you can make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress, and how you can make exercise part of your stress management plan.

Hair loss
Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone can experience hair loss, but it's more common in men. Learn more about the causes and risk factors, and tips that may help you avoid preventable types of hair loss.

How harmful is too much sitting?
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, such obesity and a cluster of conditions, including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, that make up metabolic syndrome. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Learn more from Dr. Edward Laskowski, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Do detox footpads really work?
Manufacturers of detox footpads say that their products draw toxins out of your body while you sleep. Some claim that detox footpads also treat high blood pressure, headaches, cellulite, depression, diabetes, and insomnia, and aid in weight loss. Should you add them to your bedtime routine? Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

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Does flossing really make a difference?
You can't reach the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gumline with a toothbrush. That's why daily flossing is important. If you find it hard to handle floss, use an interdental cleaner, such as a dental pick, a pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between teeth, a water flosser, or a wooden or silicone plaque remover. And as long as you do a thorough job, it doesn't matter if you brush or floss first.

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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