• By Dana Sparks

Housecall: Caring for yourself (and your family) when you have the flu

March 2, 2020
sick woman, flu, cold, tissue, headache

THIS WEEK'S TOP TOPICS
Self-care for the flu
As flu rates continue to soar, it's important to know how to care for yourself (and your family) should it hit your home this year. Be prepared and hopefully you'll be back to good health in no time.

High blood pressure dangers
Did you know that high blood pressure can quietly damage your body years before symptoms develop? Learn about potential problems with your heart, brain and more.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy
What is your waistline telling you? Get a measuring tape and find out if your girth is linked to a shorter life span.

CBD: Safe and effective?
Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical found in marijuana, is an effective anti-seizure medication. Can it help with anything else?

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Treating pain: When is an opioid the right choice?
Retinal diseases
Terminal illness: Supporting a loved one
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

HEALTHY RECIPES
Cheesy baked zucchini
Seafood gumbo
Fried rice with mushrooms

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break.
When you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, take some time for yourself. Find something that clears your mind, slows your breathing and restores your inner calm. A brisk walk may help release tension and renew your energy. Or listen to music, get a massage or read a book.

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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