• Housecall: Golf injuries — play it safe with these tips

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Preventing golf injuries 
Although golf is a low-impact sport, it's associated with a significant number of injuries. Many golfing-related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse. The most commonly injured area is the lower back, followed by the elbow, wrist and hand, and shoulder. Follow these tips to stay in shape on the course.

Nip seasonal allergies in the bud 
Spring means flower buds and blooming trees. And if you're one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, spring also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis, can make you miserable. Try these simple strategies to control seasonal allergies.

What causes laryngospasms? 
A laryngospasm is a spasm of the vocal cords that temporarily makes it difficult to speak or breathe. The cause of vocal cord spasms often is unknown, but conditions such as anxiety and acid reflux may be contributing factors or triggers. Learn more from Dr. Edward Rosenow III, an emeritus Mayo Clinic pulmonologist.

Should I stop taking long-acting beta agonists for asthma? 
Long-acting beta agonists are used on a regular schedule to open narrowed airways and prevent asthma attacks. In some studies, long-acting beta agonists have been linked to life-threatening asthma attacks — a risk that appears to be greatest when there is not also an inhaled corticosteroid in use. The benefits of long-acting beta agonists to control asthma generally outweigh the risks if they're used as recommended. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist.

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Do you have a living will?

Life-threatening situations can happen to anyone, so it's important to have a living will or other advance directive. These documents spell out your preferences regarding medical treatments you would or would not want to keep you alive. You also can outline your preferences for other medical decisions, such as pain management or organ donation. By planning ahead, you can get the medical care you want and save your family from having to make tough decisions in a crisis.

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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