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Tooth loss caused by gum disease may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Stroke Association in 2003. The initial results of an ongoing study show that 60 percent of those missing 10 or more teeth had plaque buildup in the carotid arteries (the blood vessels that lead to the brain). Of those in the study who were not missing teeth, 45 percent had carotid artery plaque.
Mental HealthYour mental health is just as important to your overall well being as your physical health. Here's information on a range of mental health topics, plus ideas on how to cope when your life hits an emotional bump.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPDChronic 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.
Women's HealthStay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.