• By Jennifer O'Hara

Monday’s Housecall

March 30, 2015


Peaceful man sleeping in bed at home in the bedroomTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Help yourself to better sleep with these tips
Eager to catch more z's? See what to avoid during the day and how to prepare for bedtime.

Prophylactic oophorectomy: Preventing cancer by surgically removing your ovaries
Angelina Jolie Pitt recently had surgery to prevent ovarian cancer. Get the facts about this procedure and weigh the pros and cons.

What are superbugs and how can I protect myself from infection?
Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to a lot of antibiotics used today.

Cold or allergy: Which is it?
Do you get a "cold" each spring? It could be allergies. Learn how to recognize the symptoms.

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Blood pressure chart: What your reading means
Pulmonary embolism
Strength training: How-to video collection

Tofu triangles with peanut sauce
Creamy polenta with roasted red pepper coulis
Fresh fruit smoothies
Whole-grain banana bread

Quit smoking: Try stop-smoking products
Don't be afraid to use stop-smoking products to help you quit. Stop-smoking products are a legitimate way to handle withdrawal symptoms and tobacco cravings. Some types of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gum and lozenges, are available over-the-counter. Nicotine nasal spray and the nicotine inhaler are available by prescription. Prescription medications might be an option, too. Bupropion (Zyban) can help control nicotine cravings. Varenicline (Chantix) can reduce both the pleasurable effects of smoking and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your health care provider about what stop-smoking products may be right for you.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

Stress: Focus not on the problem but on your reaction
While you can't prevent or even predict the challenges and setbacks you'll encounter, you can control how you react.