Causes and treatments for ear infections

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Posted on November 03, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: I swim for exercise and relaxation. I try to get in the pool about three times a week. Recently, I have begun to have episodes where it feels like water is still in my ear. Then my ear becomes red and painful. A friend suggested I might have swimmer’s ear. Is this something that is easy to treat? Do I need to stop swimming? A: Swimmer’s ear is an infection... READ MORE

Avoid holiday anxiety, shopping stress

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on November 01, 2023

The other day I realized why I feel stressed in stores lately. I feel inundated with Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving and even Christmas paraphernalia. I’m nowhere near holly or jolly right now; I’m still wearing shorts. There used to be some separation in the old days, remember that? Halloween was often the turning point in the year, but now there are shameful displays that begin ... READ MORE

Answers on chronic inflammation, earwax

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on October 30, 2023

Q: I hear so much about the dangers of chronic inflammation. What dietary changes can I make to reduce the risks? A: Diet plays an important role in chronic inflammation, most likely due to the ingredients in the foods and beverages we ingest and the bacteria that populate our intestines, known as our microbiome. These intestinal bacteria release chemicals that may spur or suppress... READ MORE

The buzz on honey and its many benefits

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on October 26, 2023

The buzz on honey and its many benefits Honey, a luscious, golden elixir, has not only graced our breakfast tables and sweetened our tea, but has been revered for its medicinal benefits for millennia. While it’s a natural sweet treat for many, there are some intriguing facts about honey that may surprise you. Here are the top five medicinal magic properties of honey: It’s... READ MORE

Can personal training help prevent falls?

By Margaret Foster
Posted on October 24, 2023

As we age, balance begins to decline, starting at about age 50, according to most research. Of course, lack of balance can lead to devastating falls. Researchers at the University of Maryland and Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center are recruiting 100 people 65 and older for a study involving personal training to try to reduce fall risk. “The long-term goal of this research is... READ MORE

Energy-boosting alternatives to coffee

By Nancy Oliveira
Posted on October 20, 2023

When you’re low on energy, is it worth trying yerba mate, yaupon tea, matcha and other beverages that promise similar energy perks and health benefits as coffee and tea? Often marketed as wellness drinks, coffee alternatives like these are trending, according to the International Food Information Council. So, how do a few popular alternatives stack up nutritionally? Do they rely on... READ MORE

Expanded treatment options for migraine

By Amaal Starling, M.D.
Posted on October 18, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: I’ve had migraines since I was a teenager. My pediatrician said it was likely hormonal since they often occurred during my menstrual cycle. Over the years, I have tried various prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat migraines, as well as preventive therapies, but I continue to struggle. I feel as if my headache days are increasing. I often miss work... READ MORE

Ideas for building a satisfying breakfast

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on October 13, 2023

Breakfast may be the least popular meal of the day. Hunger, time, motivation — whatever it is, plenty of research suggests that breaking the nightly fast is healthier than skipping it altogether. Still, it can be a challenge. And, let’s face it, American breakfast foods are generally not ideal. We favor foods like processed meats (bacon, sausage), pastries, and high-sugar cereals.... READ MORE

Fruits that indulge your sugar cravings

By Jenny McCoy
Posted on October 12, 2023

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying something sweet, if you have a hard-to-satisfy sweet tooth, looking for alternatives that will help scratch the itch — sans added sugar — is a great way to support your health in the long run. Enter fruit. Here is a roundup of six especially sweet fruits, all recommended by food experts, that can serve as great substitutes when... READ MORE

Know the hidden secrets of paper towels

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on October 11, 2023

Paper towels are a household staple. You wipe your counters with them, dry your hands, and maybe even pat your freshly washed lettuce like I do. But have you ever paused and pondered over what’s lurking within those white sheets? The answers might surprise you. First, let’s talk about how they feel. Ever notice the luxurious softness of VIVA compared to the rugged strength of... READ MORE