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Candy Sagon writes about health topics for AARP. She previously was a reporter with the Washington Post and has written numerous articles on food, health and nutrition for national magazines.

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Grandmas Who Babysit Stay Sharp, But Don’t Overdo It

Posted on 04/17/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBabysitting the grandkids can help boost Grandma’s brainpower, but doing it too much may have the opposite effect — possibly because Grandma is feeling resentful, new research finds. The study of 120 Australian grandmothers, ages 57 to 68, wanted to determine whether minding grandchildren played a role in helping postmenopausal women stay sharp as they aged. Previous research had shown that staying involved in social activities with friends or relatives helps improve cognitive function in older adults. >> Sign up …

When Are You Over-the-Hill? Try Age 24

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayThink you should worry about your brain slowing down post-age 50? Too late. It’s already started at age 24. Or at least that’s what a Canadian study of players of a hypercompetitive computer game has found. Apparently our cognitive motor skills — meaning the speed at which we process something and then react to it — peak by age 24, then begin to diminish slowly. But don’t be depressed! We make up for it by becoming more cunning and crafty, …

Drinking Milk May Help Knee Arthritis in Women

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who drank up to six glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk a week delayed the effects of arthritis in their knees, a large new study finds. Unfortunately, the same effect was not found in men. In addition, researchers led by Bing Lu, M.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found that eating greater amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women, while eating yogurt had no effect on arthritis in either …

Study Says These 4 Foods Help Lower Cholesterol

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLowering your cholesterol and reducing your heart disease risk may be as easy as adding a daily serving of beans or other legumes to your diet, according to a new analysis of Canadian and American studies. Canadian researchers reported that a ¾-cup daily serving of beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas resulted in a 5 percent drop in “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — and, by association, a potential 5 percent drop in heart disease risk. It also didn’t matter which of …

Grab a Tissue, Major Allergy Season Coming

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMan, this winter just keeps on giving. Turns out those record-setting, lower-than-normal temperatures we just suffered through are now going to cause higher-than-normal pollen counts starting this month. Or, as Susan Kosisky, chief microbiologist at the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Laboratory, told the Washington Post, “Grab your Kleenex. It’s coming.” Evidently the long cold spell has given trees more time to build up pollen, which basically translates to lots of eye-watering, sneezy-wheezy misery as the weather warms and all …

Medicare Changes Its Policy for Heart Failure Patients

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter deliberating for a decade, Medicare recently announced that it will now cover cardiac rehab for some patients who suffer from stable but chronic heart failure, a costly, debilitating disease that could be improved with supervised exercise and counseling. Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s need for oxygen. Patients often suffer shortness of breath and swelling in their feet, ankles, legs and stomach from fluid buildup. Some 650,000 …