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Water breaking: Understand this sign of labor

Water breaking: Understand this sign of laborWater breaking worries? Prepare yourself for childbirth by getting the facts about this important sign of labor.By Mayo Clinic Staff If you’re pregnant, you might be curious about your water breaking — when it will happen, what it will feel like and what to do next. Recognize the signs…

Cuts and scrapes: First aid

These guidelines can help you care for minor cuts and scrapes: Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection. Stop the bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If needed, apply gentle pressure with a clean bandage or cloth and elevate the wound until bleeding stops. Clean the wound. Rinse the wound…

Rancher’s eggs

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: This combination of high fiber and protein is a great recipe for hunger control. Number of servings Serves 6High FiberHealthy carb Ingredients 6 whole-grain corn tortillas (6-inch diameter) 1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained 1 teaspoon ground cumin 6 large eggs or 1 1/2 cups…

What happens to donated blood

You sit down for an hour, donate a pint of blood. But then what? “We’re going to separate that into the various components of blood.” Justin D. Kreuter, M.D., is the director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program. He says blood donations enable much-needed patient care. “Most likely, your blood would be used for…

Human growth hormone (HGH): Does it slow aging?

Human growth hormone (HGH): Does it slow aging?Human growth hormone is described by some as the key to slowing the aging process. Get the facts about these claims.By Mayo Clinic Staff Growth hormone fuels childhood growth and helps maintain tissues and organs throughout life. It’s produced by the pea-sized pituitary gland — located at the…

Whole-wheat blueberry pancakes

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: White whole-wheat flour is smoother in texture than is regular whole-wheat flour. Number of servings Serves 6Low FatHealthy carb Ingredients 1 1/3 cup white whole-wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/3 cups skim milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon canola oil…

Roasted squash with wild rice and cranberry

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: Store winter squashes in a cool, dry place. Many will keep for months — a great way to extend the local bounty. Number of servings Serves 8Low SodiumHealthy carbLow Fat Ingredients 4 cups diced winter squash, peeled and cut into half-inch pieces 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided 1 cup…

Baked oatmeal

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: You can mix this in the evening and refrigerate it overnight. Just pop it in the oven first thing when you get up. Number of servings Serves 8Low Sodium Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/3 cup brown sugar Egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs, or…

Beet and walnut salad

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: Beets contain vitamin C and folate. Number of servings Serves 8Healthy carbLow Sodium Ingredients 1 small bunch beets, or enough canned beets (no salt added) to make 3 cups, drained 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon water 8 cups fresh…

Wild rice mushroom soup

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: Each variety of mushroom has its own unique flavor. They all have about the same number of calories. Number of servings Serves 4Healthy carbLow Sodium Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil Half a white onion, chopped 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped carrots 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh white…