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Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law
 
There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.
 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
Health Tip of the Day

Pumping Up the Iron

To get the most natural iron from certain vegetables, watch how you prepare them. Steaming, stir-frying or boiling increases the iron in broccoli, green peppers and tomatoes, according to researchers at Rutgers University. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron found in vegetables. Caffeine, tannin (found in tea) and calcium decrease the body's ability to absorb iron.