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Air Pollution Linked to Increased Stroke Risk, Study Says
 
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

Dangers of Common OTC Drugs

  • Aspirin can affect your blood's ability to clot for up to two weeks. Too much aspirin can cause bleeding, stomach ulcers or ringing in your ears.

  • Both aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bleeding ulcers in the stomach.

  • Antacids provide relief of symptoms. If you need them too often, however, you should talk to your doctor. They also interact with many other medications.

  • Laxatives are powerful and frequently abused. Overuse can create dependency and even permanent damage to your colon.

  • Diet aids are like a mild form of amphetamine. They speed up the heartbeat and raise blood pressure. If you have hypertension, kidney disease or heart disease, you should avoid these.