Today in Health News
Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer
 
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

How Cigarettes Cause 'Smoker's Face'

Cigarette smoke and its component chemicals may damage your skin by:

  • Causing elastin, the normally long, smooth and elastic fibers in skin, to thicken and break apart.

  • Reducing blood circulation, thereby reducing oxygen supplies to the skin. This may reduce the body's ability to form collagen, the main structural component of the skin.

  • Cutting estrogen levels in women, causing skin dryness and cracking.

  • Reducing levels of vitamin A, causing premature wrinkling.

  • Heating the skin.