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.

What Creeps Us Out? Study Has Surprising Answers

What makes someone creepy? Unbelievably, science has never asked this question — until now. “I was absolutely amazed that there had never been a single study about this,” considering how often people refer to being “creeped out” or “creepiness” in everyday conversation, said Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Illinois’ Knox College. So he decided to find out. The result: The first “empirical study of creepiness,” published last month in the journal New Ideas in Psychology. His study used …

Strawberries Top ‘Dirty Dozen’ List for Pesticides

And the winner — or maybe we should say, loser — this year is … strawberries. For the first time in five years, the popular berry has ousted apples from the number one spot on the Environmental Working Group’s annual report of the produce with the most pesticide residue — aka “The Dirty Dozen.” The nonprofit group also included a “Clean 15” list of produce lowest in pesticides. After strawberries, apples are number two, followed by nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, …

Panel Adds Colon Cancer Protection to Benefits of Low-Dose Aspirin

Many Americans take a daily low-dose aspirin to protect against heart disease and stroke, but for the first time a federal advisory panel says taking it can also protect adults in their 50s and 60s against colon cancer. The new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — first proposed last September — find that the benefits of taking a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) to prevent a first heart attack are strongest for those ages 50 to 59 who …

What’s the Secret to a Happy Life? It’s Not What You Think

When you’re in your 20s and just starting out, money and fame may seem the key to a happy life. But as you age, that viewpoint changes considerably. The real secret, according to a Harvard study that’s been going on since the 1930s, has nothing to do with your bank account or your career. “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period,” the study’s current director, Robert Waldinger, …

7 maneras sorprendentes de reducir el riesgo de tener cáncer de colon

In English | El fallecimiento reciente a causa de cáncer de colon de Elizabeth Garrett, presidenta de Cornell University, solo ocho meses después de haberse convertido en la primera mujer en alcanzar el cargo, nos recuerda de manera trágica la existencia del segundo tipo de cáncer más mortífero del país. Garrett, quien tenía 52 años, falleció justo un mes después de anunciar que estaba recibiendo un tratamiento intensivo para el cáncer de colon. Este año, a aproximadamente 95,000 personas en …

Yoga’s Popularity Spreads Among 50+ and Men

The popularity of yoga continues to grow, not only in the sheer numbers of people doing it, but also among older adults and men, according to a new national survey. The survey, conducted for Yoga Alliance, an international yoga teachers group, and the magazine Yoga Journal, interviewed 3,700 people to get a better idea of how much yoga has spread, who is practicing it, and the benefits they hope to gain. Among the biggest trends the survey revealed is that …