• By Jennifer O'Hara

Monday’s Housecall

July 27, 2015

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Stay safe this summer: Know the ABCs of ticks
For such tiny creatures, ticks can make a big impact. Here's how to protect yourself on the trails and in backyards this season.

Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you
Dropping those extra pounds is your goal, but which diet will help you reach it? Get the skinny on how to rate weight-loss plans.

Statins: Do they cause ALS?
Statins can cause muscle injury in some people. But can they also trigger ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)? See what researchers found.

Celiac disease diet: How do I get enough grains?
If you have celiac disease, there are plenty of gluten-free grains — including good-for-you whole grains — out there.

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Slide show: Melanoma pictures to help identify skin cancer
Video: Step-up exercise
Chest pain: First aid
Being assertive: Reduce stress, communicate better

Avocado dip
Crispy potato skins
Ginger-marinated grilled portobello mushrooms
Chipotle-spiced shrimp

Buying athletic shoes? Check your arch
Athletic shoes should be tailored to your arch type (high arch, neutral arch, low arch). Not sure about your foot type? Dip your foot in water and then step on a piece of cardboard. Examine your footprint. If you see most of your footprint, you probably have a low arch. If you see very little of your footprint, you probably have a high arch.

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: Champions show the way
A look at a rock band, a basketball team and a race horse suggests that success depends a lot on focus and commitment.