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12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids
 
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

Ways to Talk to Teens About Sex

  • Look for openings. A TV news story about teenage pregnancy can segue into a more personal discussion of sexual issues.

  • Make the first move. It's better to broach the subject of sexuality yourself, rather than waiting for an adolescent to seek you out. If the child has questions, you want the answers to come from a caring adult, and not from the child's peers.

  • Talk to other parents. Talking to parents who have already raised teenagers can often produce suggestions that will help you with your own kids.