• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Secondhand smoke — do you know the dangers?

January 16, 2017

a burning cigarette, with smoke curling upward into the airTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Secondhand smoke: Avoid dangers in the air
You don't smoke because you understand the dangers, but what about smoke you inhale involuntarily? Understand what's in secondhand smoke, and consider ways to protect yourself and those you love from it.

Vaccines for adults: Which do you need?
Vaccines aren't just for kids. Adults need certain vaccinations, too. Start 2017 off right, and check with your doctor to make sure you're up to date.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Flu germs: How long can they live outside the body?
Flu germs are more resilient than you may think. Learn how to protect yourself.

Whitening toothpaste: Does it whiten teeth?
Looking to brighten your smile? Find out how whitening toothpaste works and whether it's worth trying.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Broken heart syndrome: Causes and treatment
Video: Cyberchondria
Nasal polyps: An overview
Exercise: When to check with your doctor first

HEALTHY RECIPES
Vegetable and garlic calzone
Soba noodle stir-fry with coconut curry sauce
Hearty turkey chili
Roasted winter squash with wild rice and cranberries

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Eat more of these key nutrients
Americans don't get enough vitamin D or potassium. Low levels of these nutrients are associated with an increased risk of chronic disease. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is adding them to the Nutrition Facts label as nutrients Americans need to include in their diets.

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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