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In February, we are surrounded by hearts. They’re everywhere—in the grocery store, shopping malls and email inboxes. You may also hear more about heart health, because February is  American Heart Month. Taking steps to strengthen your heart yields a bonus—you’ll be protecting your brain as well.
Michael Clarke Duncan was full of life just three years ago. The then-54-year-old actor was at the pinnacle of his career. His Academy Award-nominated performance as John Coffey in The Green Mile is still revered.
Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died on June 3 at age 89 in New York City, was the oldest sitting member of the Senate by a decade - California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who turns 80 in a few weeks, now takes his place - and the last remaining veteran of World War II. (Here's a Wikipedia  list of U.S. Senators by age).
Today is the American Cancer Society's 37th-annual Great American Smokeout, and if you're trying to quit, new research shows that the nicotine patch or prescription drugs work much better than trying this cold turkey.
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Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout, a day when smokers are encouraged to quit or to make a plan to quit smoking.
President Obama
President Obama rallied Congress yesterday to get back to work on a debt ceiling deal. Last week, I posted a hypothetical from the Bipartisan Policy Center on what could happen to Social Security if lawmakers don't make the August 2 deadline. ...  Having your say: Want to ask President Obama a question about Medicare or Social Security? Can you do it in 140 characters? Beginning at 2 p.m. (EST) the president will answer users' tweets during a live town hall hosted by Twitter. ...  Speaking of sounding off: AARP's Illinois office launched a listening tour last month to give members a chance to share their concerns about how the federal budget, Medicare and Social Security. Join the conversation.
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