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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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Big Drop in Hospitalizations, Deaths From Heart Disease

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA new study of 34 million Medicare patients has found what one prominent heart researcher calls “jaw-dropping” reductions in hospitalizations and deaths from heart attacks and strokes over the past decade. According to the findings published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the number of patients age 65-plus who were hospitalized with heart attacks dropped nearly 40 percent from 1999 to 2011, while those hospitalized with strokes caused by blood clots  fell by 34 percent. >> Top 15 Superfoods for …

Let There Be Light: Windows Improve Our Health

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthWindows — and the light they let in — make us healthier. That’s the basic finding of two new studies, including one that found that employees who worked near windows during the day slept longer at night, got more exercise and had better quality of life than their colleagues toiling away in rooms without windows. A second study found that nurses whose workstations had natural light had lower blood pressure, communicated more with their colleagues, laughed more and were in …

Should Everyone Really Cut Salt in Their Diet?

Posted on 08/14/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthA large international study questions the conventional advice that all people should cut their salt intake to the bone. Too much salt is bad, especially for those over 60 or those who already have high blood pressure, but too little salt may be just as bad, the scientists said. The findings are the latest in a decades-long controversy over whether health officials have gone too far in urging everyone to reduce the amount of salt in their diet. The new research suggests …

First At-Home DNA Test for Colon Cancer Approved

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new DNA-based screening test for colon cancer that has 90 percent accuracy and can be taken at home. Called Cologuard and manufactured by Exact Sciences Inc., the test is the first of its kind to get an OK from federal regulators. The test uses a stool sample to detect the presence of blood and DNA mutations that may indicate cancerous and precancerous growths in the colon. A doctor’s prescription is needed, …

Tick Bite Causes Severe Red Meat Allergy

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThose damn ticks. First it was the deer tick giving us a bacterial infection known as Lyme disease; now there’s a tick that can make us severely allergic to red meat. Are you ticked off yet? This time we can blame the lone star tick, which used to hang out in its namesake state, Texas, and the southeastern U.S. Today, though, it’s spreading to the East Coast and other parts of the country. The tick carries a sugar that human …

For a Bigger, Better Brain, Eat Fish Once a Week

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain HealthHere’s an easy way to boost your brain health, especially if you’re worried about memory loss or dementia: Eat any kind of fish — as long as it isn’t fried — at least once a week. That’s the surprising result of a new study looking at simple lifestyle changes a person could make to help protect against Alzheimer’s or cognitive decline. By looking at MRI brain scans of healthy older adults enrolled in a 10-year study, the researchers found that …