Personal Health and Well-being

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.

Why Are Some Generic-Drug Prices Soaring?

Inexpensive generic drugs have helped millions of Americans save money on brand-name medication, but lately soaring prices on some longtime generics are prompting investigations into this pricing U-turn by pharmaceutical companies. In addition, a a new AARP drug-pricing report shows retail prices for brand-name prescription drugs continue to increase. The debate over some generic price hikes has spurred the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging to hold a hearing to review pricing on a dozen generics, and the Department …

Daily Aspirin May Not Prevent a First Heart Attack

Is a daily low-dose aspirin losing some of its luster as a cheap, easy way to prevent a heart attack? While there’s solid evidence that aspirin can help heart attack survivors avoid a second attack, recent research has raised questions about whether routine use of low-dose aspirin by older adults can prevent a first heart attack. Now a large Japanese study of more than 14,600 adults ages 60 to 85 — none of whom had had heart problems but who …

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

It’s that season again. The one with lots of coughing, sneezing, sniffling, aching and carrying around large wads of tissues. So how do you protect yourself from colds and the flu, other than staying home from now through May? Obviously, getting a flu shot should be first on your list. Although no one can predict whether this flu season will be as severe as last year’s, a new study that looked at flu rates among those age 60-plus for the …

Can’t Swallow Pills? Try These 2 Methods

If you have trouble swallowing pills, you’re not alone. An estimated 40 percent of U.S. adults have experienced problems downing their medicine, according to a survey earlier this year by Harris Interactive. Some have even skipped a dose or stopped taking their medicine as a result. And women are twice as likely as men to have trouble. >> 10 Types of Meds That Can Cause Insomnia It’s also something people are embarrassed to talk about: Only 10 percent told their doctors …

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Older Smokers

In a move that could affect an estimated 4 million older adults, Medicare announced that it plans to start covering annual lung cancer screening for longtime smokers at high risk for the disease. The announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover yearly low-dose CT scans to detect small lung tumors that can be removed surgically. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and has a poor prognosis if not caught …

Compression Socks Are Now … Hip?

These definitely are not your grandma’s compression stockings. Suddenly, those tight, thick hose that help improve blood circulation are the newest hip-and-healthy trend. My grandma, who wore compression hose back in the day, would be stunned to hear that companies are now making compression tights and knee-high socks in chic colors and fun patterns to appeal to both fashion-conscious travelers and hard-core runners. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas Here’s the New York Times on the trend among fashionistas: In preparation …