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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.
 
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.
 
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.