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Good health: It’s something we often take for granted until it’s gone. In our annual health issue, The New Falcon Herald explores issues pertaining to the young, the old and everyone in between.Although many decisions we make about our health – smoking, not wearing a safety belt, sky diving – can cause obvious detriments to our health, others can be silent killers. Radon exposure accounts for thousands of deaths each year in the United States, but often goes undetected until it’s too late. Kathleen Wallace reports on what homeowners can do to keep their families safe from this deadly gas.In recent years, methamphetamine has become a household word. El Paso County has had its share of run-ins with meth labs and those hooked on the drug. Local agencies are taking steps to prevent and treat further spread of this epidemic. Read about the health risks of meth and how it can affect even those who don’t use the drug.How did we ever function before the cell phone came on the scene? In the past few years, it has become difficult to find someone who doesn’t own one. Recent studies suggest, though, the seemingly harmless device that is a lifeline to many Americans could pose significant health risks. Find out what you can do to limit the risks.Often, as we age, it is necessary to seek additional assistance with our living arrangements. Natalie Gowen reports on what to look for when finding a suitable long term care facility for yourself or a loved one.As we ring in the new year, many of us have made a resolution to maintain healthy habits. We hope this issue of the NFH informs you about ways to stay healthy during 2010. Happy New Year!– Stefani, Michelle and the NFH team

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