What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Posted on November 27, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: I am a mother of two, work full time and am also a breast cancer survivor. I know physical exercise is important, so I try to visit the gym a few times a week for weight training and to walk. A friend recently invited me to a yoga class. I have never thought about adding yoga to my fitness routine. What are the benefits, and how would I get started? A: Yoga is a... READ MORE

Six ways to alleviate Raynaud’s disease

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on November 22, 2023

Raynaud’s disease, often characterized by its telltale cold fingers and toes, is more than just a fleeting discomfort for people. It’s a window into the complexities of our vascular system. While managing Raynaud’s can be challenging, understanding its ties to other conditions, like thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders, can shed light on effective treatment strategies. I’m a... READ MORE

Small fish and bivalves are good choices

By Julie Corliss, Harvard Health Blog
Posted on November 21, 2023

Many health-conscious consumers have already cut back on hamburgers, steaks and deli meats, often by swapping in poultry or seafood. Those protein sources are better than beef, and not just because they’re linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Chicken and fish are also better for the environment, as their production uses less land and other resources, and... READ MORE

Why fingers may hurt in colder weather

By Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on November 17, 2023

Q: I am getting more sensitive to colder weather. I am worried about the times my fingers get cold enough to hurt and throb. What are some of the possible causes? A: A likely possibility is Raynaud’s phenomenon. People with this condition have blood vessels that respond in an exaggerated way to cold. This occurs in their fingers and toes and sometimes in other parts of the... READ MORE

Leave leaves on yards to aid biodiversity

By Edwin J. Viera
Posted on November 16, 2023

A new study finds the autumn chore of raking leaves could be a disservice to budding plant life. The National Wildlife Federation found that fallen leaves can be crucial to biodiversity. Experts find keeping leaves in a yard has a similar effect to spreading mulch. They cover roots under plants, suppress weeds, and keep the soil moist. While the group’s research finds this is common ... READ MORE

SADder in the winter? Try light therapy

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Posted on November 15, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: Once daylight saving time ends, I find it difficult as it gets darker earlier. I also notice that I get a bit more depressed in the winter. My friend suggested a light box for seasonal affective disorder. What is a light box, and can it be helpful in improving my mood? A: Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that typically occurs each year... READ MORE

One-sided headache may need attention

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on November 13, 2023

Q: How would a person know if a one-sided headache around the temples is just a migraine or something more serious, like temporal arteritis? A: Throbbing pain in the temples, especially on just one side of your head, is a common symptom of migraine pain. But when throbbing turns into a constant headache, and it’s accompanied by pain when you touch your temples, you need immediate... READ MORE

Fact v. fiction about our immune systems

By Jessica Migala
Posted on November 09, 2023

The health of our immune systems has become front-of-mind for many over the last few years. And with that comes a lot of advice on the best way to prepare your body’s defenses for any lingering bugs. Here, we take a look at four common myths about immune health and see what the science says. 1. Your body’s defenses weaken with age. True. Research shows that as more candles top your ... READ MORE

Some unique appetizers for the holidays

By Dawna Pitts
Posted on November 08, 2023

As the holidays approach, add these appetizers to your entertaining repertoire. Parmesan Crisps, below, are available in grocery stores, but they are easy to make and can be prepared a week in advance. Homemade ones taste so much better, and leftovers are great on salads, soups, or with slices of pear for a little snack. In addition, Baby Brie and Fig Pies are an easy, fast appetizer... READ MORE

Test a new combo flu and Covid vaccine

By Margaret Foster
Posted on November 07, 2023

When children get immunized for measles, mumps and rubella, they get one shot, known as MMR. Same with diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis, or DTaP. So why not bundle the flu shot with a Covid vaccine? A study of a combined flu and Covid vaccine is under way now at Velocity Clinical Research in Rockville, Maryland. “Right now, we have a Covid vaccine and we have a ... READ MORE