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.

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, …

New Lower Blood Pressure Goal: Is It for You?

En español | For older adults with high blood pressure, experts have been arguing for more than a year about how low the optimal BP reading should go. Should patients age 50-plus aim for a systolic level (the higher number in the reading) of 140 to 150, as a panel of experts recommended in 2013? Or should they use extra medication to aggressively lower it to 120, as a major federal study of adults urged in September? That September announcement …

The Despair That’s Killing White, Middle-Aged Americans

En español | For decades, the death rate among all groups of Americans has been steadily declining, thanks to advances in medicine and quality of life. But 15 years ago, that trend suddenly reversed for one group: white Americans ages 45 to 54. In what a new study termed “an epidemic of despair,” two Princeton economists find that suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse are driving up deaths among less-educated, middle-aged, white Americans — some of it due to job loss and financial …

Experts Argue Against New Mammogram Guidelines

The American Cancer Society’s newly announced change in mammogram guidelines has made the debate on when, and how frequently, to get breast cancer screening even more confusing for women. Even worse, this change was based on the advice of a panel  that “did not include a single surgeon, radiologist or medical oncologist who specializes in the care and treatment of breast cancer. Not one,” said an op-ed column in the New York Times written by three breast cancer experts who …

Bad News, Bacon Lovers: Processed Meat Linked to Cancer

“Better not eat that. It’ll give you cancer. Didn’t you hear about that report?” the woman asked, as her friend reached for the bacon at the cafeteria breakfast bar. “That report” refers to the one this week from the World Health Organization (WHO) that caused a tizzy among lovers of bacon, cold cuts, sausages and hot dogs by saying consumption of processed meats “causes colorectal cancer.” Based on an analysis of more than 800 studies by 22 experts from 10 …