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Chronic Gambling Linked to Depression, Impulsivity
 
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.
 
You've heard that it's possible to preserve and strengthen your bones through exercise and a healthy diet. But accidents, genetics and disease can work against even the best of healthy habits. When fractures, sprains, and the wear and tear of daily life get to your bones and joints, you need to know when to take action and the best way to take care of yourself.
 
Enjoy good health at every age: know your body and how it works, eat well and stay active, and follow a plan for disease prevention.
 
Health Tip of the Day

How to Use a Ladder Properly

  • Use the proper ladder for the weight it will carry; look for a label stating how much weight the ladder can carry.

  • Don't stand on the top step of a stepladder; don't stand on the top three rungs of an extension or straight ladder.

  • Don't extend your body too far to either side. This might cause you or the ladder to become unbalanced.

  • When using an extension ladder to climb a roof, make sure the ladder clears the roofline by about three feet.

  • Don't use a ladder in a strong wind and don't use it near power lines.

  • Make sure the ladder is level on the ground. On soft ground, use boards under the ladder to keep it level.

  • Set up the ladder at an approximate 75-degree angle to the wall.

  • Climb up and down the ladder facing it.

  • When working with tools on a ladder, wear a tool belt to keep your hands as free as possible.