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April 29, 2009

Mayo Clinic Housecall: Swine flu, healthy cooking, meditation and more

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Vol. 10, Issue 17 Search MayoClinic.com

April 28, 2009

Dear Subscriber,

Swine flu has people worried around the world. See what our expert says and what precautions you should take.

Also this week, if you’re stressed out, try meditation. Find out about some quick techniques to use in everyday life. Take a short break for a stress-reduction video. And if leg cramps bother your sleep, we have a health tip for you.

Thanks for subscribing.

Sincerely,

The team at MayoClinic.com

Swine Flu

Swine flu: How serious is the global threat?

A swine flu outbreak has halted Mexico City’s normal routines, and new cases are appearing in the United States. Here’s what you need to know.

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Featured TopicQuit Smoking

Quit smoking: Proven strategies to help you quit
Quitting smoking is hard, no question. Use these tried-and-true strategies to help you quit, and refer back to them as often as needed.
Teen smoking: How to help your teen quit smoking
Teens who smoke are likely to turn into adults who smoke. Take action against teen smoking — starting today.
The pain and pleasure cycle of quitting smoking
Find new ways to bring joy to your life and avoid the long-term pain of smoking.

Books & Newsletters

With today’s shaky economy, rising health care and prescription costs, taking a proactive role in your health is essential to saving on medical expenses. With Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource, you can arm yourself with important knowledge that could help you improve and maintain your good health. Get important advice and information from Mayo Clinic doctors each month on the topics most important to you. Subscribe today and receive two bonus special reports. Learn more.

Highlights

Birth control pill FAQ: Benefits, risks and choices
Will taking the pill prevent menopause? How long should you be off the pill before becoming pregnant? Get answers to these questions and more.
Healthy cooking techniques
Cater to your health. Use healthy cooking techniques to capture the flavor and nutrients of food without adding excessive amounts of fat or salt.
Meditation: Take a stress-reduction break
Stressed out? Try meditation. Learn easy, quick techniques that you can use at work, waiting in line or virtually anywhere.
South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet claims that eating the “right” carbs and fats will help you lose weight. See what’s behind the claims.
Teen drinking: Talking to your teen about alcohol
Talking to your teen about drinking isn’t easy. Find out how to explain the risks and prevent underage alcohol use.

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Endoscopy
This video shows how your doctor can view your esophagus, stomach and part of your duodenum using a fiber-optic endoscope.
Inserting and removing ear tubes for ear infections
How ear tubes for ear infections are inserted and removed or eventually fall out.
Need to relax? Take a break to meditate
Guided meditation helps you relax, clear your mind and get back to your day more focused. Take a short break with this stress-reduction video.

Health Tip Of The Week

Are leg cramps disturbing your sleep?

Leg cramps are most common during rest or sleep. To prevent leg cramps, stretch your calves and feet at least three times a day, including before bedtime. Stand two to three feet from a wall, placing your hands on the wall. Keep your heels on the floor. Bend one knee to lean toward the wall. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Straighten your leg. Repeat with the other knee. Stretch each leg at least three times. It also helps to drink plenty of fluids during the day.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Try a daily dose of healthy lifestyle tips from MayoClinic.com. Receive the tips through your favorite RSS reader.

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Health Digest

A wrap-up of this week’s other new and updated information

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