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    Dig into the benefits of gardening

    Growing your own food in a garden isn’t a new idea. It was a critical way for ancient people to have access to reliable, nutritious foods. Today there are still many benefits of gardening. The necessity of vegetable gardens has varied through time. Gardening has gained popularity recently, even with…
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    What is COPD and how is it treated?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Each time you inhale, air travels through your windpipe into tubes in your lungs called bronchial tubes or airways. These airways branch many times in your lungs, dividing into thousands of smaller, thinner tubes called bronchioles. At the end of each bronchiole are clusters of tiny air sacs called alveoli.
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    Expert answers: COPD care improvements

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Paul Scanlon, M.D., worked as a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist for more than three decades. Below, he answers questions about COPD and describes experts’ evolving understanding of it.  Q: Has the approach to treating COPD changed in the course of your career?  A: Having finished my training in 1984, virtually everything…
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    Three exercises to reduce chronic pain

    A common misconception is that exercise aggravates pain. To the contrary, exercise can help reduce it. During physical activity, your body releases chemicals called endorphins and enkephalins that block pain signals from reaching your brain. These chemicals also help alleviate anxiety and depression, conditions that can make your pain…
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    Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

    Diagnosis To diagnose atopic dermatitis, your health care provider will likely talk with you about your symptoms, examine your skin and review your medical history. You may need tests to identify allergies and rule out other skin diseases. If you think a certain food caused your child’s rash, ask your…
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    Ankylosing spondylitis 

    Diagnosis During the physical exam, your health care provider might ask you to bend in different directions to test the range of motion in your spine. Your provider might try to reproduce your pain by pressing on specific portions of your pelvis or by moving your legs into…
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    Why you are so stressed and how to reduce it

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    Stress will ALWAYS be a reality in our lives, so what can we do about it? Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, explains the origins of stress in our brains and offers excellent insight on managing or eliminating it to live a healthier life. Relevant reading…
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    I took an at-home DNA test. Is my health information safe?

    Teresa M. Kruisselbrink, M.S., CGC,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Q: Can insurance companies find and use information from my direct-to-consumer genetic test? A: In the past, genetic tests were only available as a part of formal medical care. But today, kits from genetic testing companies such as 23andMe are available for direct purchase and are even marketed around the…
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    Getting a good night’s sleep

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    Which simple habits can help you sleep better? Find out what works best for Mayo Clinic experts. Relevant reading Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Fifth Edition Shop Now…
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    Relief for dry eyes

    Cynthia Weiss,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Since the beginning of winter, my eyes feel dry and scratchy. I can no longer wear contacts because my eyes burn and sting, and are watery. How can my eyes be dry and watery at the same time, and what can be done to fix this? It’s common to have…
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    Osteoporosis affects men, too

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    Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over age 50 will experience a bone fracture due to osteoporosis, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation. But it’s not just women who are affected by osteoporosis. One in 5 men over age 50 also will have the same issue. Osteoporosis is thinning of your…
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    What is CoolSculpting and is it safe?

    Tasmiha Khan
    With beauty technology constantly evolving, it is critical to pay attention to what can be problematic or lead to serious side effects. When it comes to freezing fat through CoolSculpting, consideration for its efficacy and potential side effects should be weighed. The technology has recently made headlines. According to a…

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