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    Housecall: Making healthier fast food choices

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Fast food: Tips for choosing healthier options
Hungry and crunched for time? An occasional stop for fast food can fit into a healthy diet — if you're careful about what you order. Use these five tips to make smart menu choices.

Easy bruising: Common as you age
Easy bruising is common with age. Although most bruises are harmless and go away without treatment, easy bruising sometimes can be a sign of a more serious problem. Could your medication be a possible culprit? Find out if you should seek medical care.

Cochlear implants: Are you a candidate?
If conventional hearing aids haven't been able to improve your hearing loss, a cochlear implant may be an option. Are you a candidate?

Weight loss: Better to cut calories or exercise more?
The key to weight loss is to consume fewer calories than you burn. Understand how physical activity and limiting calories can help you meet your weight-loss goals.

Dry eyes: Lifestyle and home remedies
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Thyroid nodules
Burning mouth syndrome

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Broiled grouper with teriyaki sauce
Brown rice pilaf
Sautéed bananas with caramel sauce

Protein: Heart-healthy sources
Does your diet include unhealthy sources of protein, perhaps burgers, hot dogs and fried chicken in excess? Do your heart a favor, and choose your proteins wisely. Legumes, including beans, peas and lentils, are a great source of heart-healthy protein. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are good sources of soluble and insoluble fiber.

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

Nutrition-wise: Feed your mind
Did you know that what you eat can affect your brain's function? Researchers are paying more attention to the role of diet in brain health. See which foods may help keep your mind working well.

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