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.

8 Myths About Washing Your Produce

En español | Should you wash all fresh fruits and veggies before eating them? Even the organic ones? And what about that bag of “prewashed” lettuce from the supermarket — should you wash that, too? Modern Farmer magazine chronicles many of these farm-to-table issues for consumers, and one of the website’s most popular stories in 2015 concerned whether you need to wash the fresh produce you get from the supermarket or farmers market — even from your own garden. How …

The Most Googled Health Questions of 2015

Many of us search the Internet when we need a quick answer to a health question, and each year Google analyzes the most common health queries, both in this country and globally. Our top burning health questions in the U.S. this year, according to Google, showed Americans were worried about catching bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as wondering how many glasses of water they should drink and how many calories they should eat each day, Health reported. Globally, people were most …

Report Shows Americans Getting (a Little) Healthier

A new report shows Americans are getting better at smoking less, exercising more and reducing deaths from heart disease, but the past year has also brought an alarming rise in the rate of drug deaths, obesity and diabetes. The 26th annual America’s Health Rankings by the United Health Foundation found a 4 percent jump in drug-related deaths, both from illegal and prescription drug abuse, and an obesity rate that has more than doubled in the past 15 years. Get discounts …

¿Son adecuados para ti los nuevos números para alcanzar una presión arterial optima?

In English | Para los adultos mayores con presión arterial alta, los expertos llevan más de un año debatiendo acerca de cuánto debe bajar la lectura óptima de la presión arterial. Fotos: 10 alimentos que debes evitar si padeces de hipertensión ¿Deberían los pacientes de 50 años o más aspirar a un nivel de presión sistólica (el número más alto de la lectura) de 140 a 150, como lo recomendó un panel de expertos en el 2013? ¿O tomar más medicamentos …

Drink Up: Coffee, Chamomile Tea Could Help You Live Longer

This week was great. First, I got to start the morning with a big mug of coffee while reading about a new study linking a big mug of coffee (or three) to a longer life. And then, at night, I sipped a cup of chamomile tea and read about a recent study suggesting that this relaxing herbal brew can help older women live longer. Isn’t research wonderful when it supports what you already like to do? So first, the coffee: …

La desesperación que está matando a la población blanca de mediana edad en Estados Unidos

In English | Durante décadas la tasa de mortalidad entre todos los grupos de personas en Estados Unidos vió un decenso constante, gracias a los avances de la medicina y la calidad de vida. Pero 15 años atrás esa tendencia de repente cambió para uno de los grupos: la población blanca de entre 45 y 54 años. Fotos: Combate la depresión sin medicamentos En lo que un nuevo estudio denominó “una epidemia de desesperación”, dos economistas de Princeton encontraron que el suicidio, …