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.
 
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.