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1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
 
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.
 
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

Is Your Baby Ready for Solids?

Here's how to tell:

  • Your child can hold his or her head steady when sitting.

  • Your baby's tongue thrust reflex is gone (this is the reflex that prevents infants from choking by pushing food out of the mouth).

  • Your child is between 4 and 7 months of age.

  • Your child sometimes opens his or her mouth when food approaches.

  • Your child is interested in food when others eat.

  • Your child is able to swallow baby food placed on the tongue.