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.

‘Women’s Viagra’ Gets OK From FDA Committee

The first drug designed to boost a woman’s sex drive was given the green light Thursday by a government advisory panel, which recommended that the pill be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but only with certain safety restrictions. The committee voted 18-6 in favor of approving the pill flibanserin for women on the condition that drugmaker Sprout Pharmaceuticals take measures to reduce the risk of its side effects. The FDA is expected to announce a final decision by …

¿Estamos ante el fin de la era de los medicamentos genéricos económicos?

In English | Los precios de los medicamentos genéricos más comúnmente usados por los adultos mayores en Estados Unidos descendieron en el porcentaje más bajo desde el 2006 y 1 de cada 4 subió de precio —algunos más del 1,000%, de acuerdo a un informe reciente del Instituto de Políticas Públicas de AARP (PPI)—. Fotos: 7 medicamentos que ‘cuestan un ojo de la cara’ El informe examinó las tendencias de precio en el 2013 de 280 medicamentos con receta que …

El analgésico que envía a los adultos de 55 o más a la sala de emergencia

In English | Tramadol, un analgésico recetado que se pensaba que era menos riesgoso que otros medicamentos narcóticos para el dolor, ha causado un gran aumento en las visitas a la sala de emergencia, en especial entre los pacientes de 55 años o más, descubrieron dos nuevos informes del gobierno. Fotos: 7 medicamentos que ‘cuestan un ojo de la cara’ Típicamente, el tramadol se usa para aliviar el dolor moderado a severo después de una operación o debido al dolor continuo …

Is the Era of Cheap Generic Drugs About to End?

En español | Prices for generic drugs most commonly used by older Americans fell by the smallest percentage since 2006, with 1 in 4 rising in price — some by more than 1,000 percent, according to a new report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). The report looked at 2013 price trends for 280 generic prescription medications widely used by those age 50-plus. The majority of these generics saw price decreases, some of them substantial, but the overall decline slowed …

The Best Sunscreens You’re Not Using

Who’s better at using sunscreen lotion, men or women? Truthfully, they’re both pretty lousy at it, according to a new government study. Even sadder: New testing of sunscreen lotions finds you can’t always believe the claims on the label. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found a paltry 14 percent of men and 30 percent of women reported that they regularly use sunscreen on both their face and other exposed skin. Women are better when it comes …

The Painkiller Sending Adults 55+ to the ER

En español | Tramadol, a prescription painkiller thought to be less risky than other narcotic pain meds, has caused a sharp spike in emergency room visits, especially among patients 55 or older, two new government reports have found. Tramadol is typically used for the management of moderate to severe pain, such as for after surgery and for ongoing pain from arthritis. It is the active ingredient in such brand name medications as Ultram, Ultracet, ConZip, Ryzolt and Rybix ODT. When …