- By Laurel J. Kelly
Housecall: Making the holidays happier
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping
The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests: stress and depression. Here are some practical ways to find peace and joy.
Self-care approaches to treating pain
You can treat many types of pain yourself once you know the cause of your discomfort. Get the facts on over-the-counter medications, hot/cold therapy and other options that may provide relief.
Walking pneumonia: What does it mean?
Get the facts about this relatively mild type of pneumonia and how it's treated.
Food poisoning: How long can you safely keep leftovers?
Bacteria typically don't change the taste, smell or look of food, so you can't tell whether it's dangerous to eat.
HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Toothpicks: For hors d'oeuvres, not teeth
Have something stuck in your teeth? Use a toothbrush, dental floss, or an interdental cleaner, such as a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between teeth, a water flosser or a wooden or silicone plaque remover. Save toothpicks for olives. If you use a toothpick to clean your teeth, you could injure your gums and let in bacteria.
Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.
Protect your identity with sensible precautions
As technology continues to evolve, there's no place to hide. Here are some tips on how to safeguard your privacy.
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