• By Dana Sparks

Housecall: Stress relief from laughter is no joke

February 17, 2020
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THIS WEEK'S TOP TOPICS
Stress relief from laughter
When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. From boosting your immune system to easing pain, laughter is powerful medicine. Learn how to fire up your sense of humor.

Kidney stones
These small, hard deposits form inside your kidneys, and passing them can be downright painful. See how your weight, diet and even dehydration can put you at risk.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Herbs and supplements: Can they enhance fertility?
Treating infertility can be costly, so it's not surprising that some people look to herbs and supplements as an alternative.

Hand drying reduces spread of germs
You know the value of washing your hands, but did you know drying them matters, too? Find out why.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Congenital heart disease
Mayo Clinic Minute: The facts about 3 flu vaccine myths
Laser resurfacing
Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories

HEALTHY RECIPES
Southwestern potato skins
Lasagna
Chicken strips with honey mustard sauce  

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Top threats to women's health
Do you know the greatest threats to women's health? The top causes of death among adult women in the U.S. include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take control by talking with your doctor about how to lower your risk.

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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