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Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer
 
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.
 
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

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.