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Humidifiers: Air moisture eases skin, breathing symptoms
Humidifiers can ease problems caused by dry air. But they need regular maintenance. Here are tips on using a humidifier and making sure it doesn't become a household health hazard.

Women's health: Prevent the top threats
Many of the leading threats to women's health can be prevented — if you know how. Take control by talking with your doctor about your risk factors for these conditions. Then get serious about reducing your risk.

Universal blood donor type: Is there such a thing?
Is it truly safe for anyone to receive type O negative blood without having a reaction?

Autism spectrum disorder treatment: Can special diets help?
With no cure for autism, some parents put their children on restrictive diets to help them. What does the research say?

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What to know before you juice
Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables produces a liquid that contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients found in the whole fruit or vegetable. However, healthy fiber is usually lost during juicing. While juicing is a way to add variety to your diet, it can't take the place of eating whole fruits and vegetables.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

Don't deny yourself the gift of restorative sleep

Taking care of your health helps you cope better with stress, and a good night's sleep is a key part of the equation.

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