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a medical illustration of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Deep vein thrombosis: Prevention
If vacation plans are in your future, plan ahead to stay safe on the way. Sitting for long stretches in a car or plane raises your risk for blood clots. Here's how to avoid them.

Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan
If you're looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. Load up on fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains, and add a splash of olive oil to your next meal. Learn more about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Cataract surgery: When is the laser method a good idea?
If you're thinking about having your cataracts removed, your doctor might opt for a laser-assisted approach. Learn more about laser-assisted cataract surgery and whether it might be right for you.

Sulfa allergy: Which medications should I avoid?
Antibiotics and other medications containing sulfonamides can trigger a reaction in some people with sulfa allergies. Learn which medications may be OK and which are likely to cause problems.

Asthma treatment: 3 steps to better asthma control
Robotic surgery
Ataxia: An overview
Slideshow: Weight training exercises

Carrot and spice quick bread
Polenta with fresh vegetables
Grouper with tomato and olive sauce
Ambrosia with coconut and toasted almonds

What's considered moderate alcohol use?
Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men over 65, and up to two drinks a day for men 65 and younger. One drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1½ ounces (44 milliliters) of distilled spirits (80 proof).

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: Can diet influence mental health?
Growing evidence suggests a link between what you eat and your mental well-being. Find out which foods may help your brain's health.

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