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Candy Sagon

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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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‘Oil Pulling’: An Old Remedy is Getting a New Life

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCan swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day really whiten your teeth, sweeten your breath, improve your skin and get rid of your migraines? More to the point, is it even possible to swish oil in your mouth for that long without gagging? We’re talking about an ancient Indian folk remedy called oil pulling that suddenly has found new life, thanks to popular actresses trying it and social media sites such as Pinterest helping spread the word. Oil …

Rx for Winter: 5 Spring Superfoods

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThis year’s unrelenting winter makes it feel like spring weather will never get here, but eventually there will be a new crop of nutrient-packed spring foods to boost your health and help you shrug off those winter doldrums. Here’s what should be showing up in your local market soon. Artichokes California, which supplies 80 percent of the country’s chokes, has a glut of them this year, thanks to that state’s unseasonably warm winter, reports the Los Angeles Times. So savor …

Having a Stroke? Most Women Don’t Know Warning Signs

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWith stroke, getting treatment as soon as possible is crucial to recovery — and yet most U.S. women don’t know most of stroke’s warning signs, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Stroke, found that 1 in 5 women didn’t know a single symptom of having a stroke. Hispanic women were even less likely to know the warning signs — 1 in 4 couldn’t name any of them. Although 84 percent of women knew to call 911 …

Huh? 87% of Men Age 60-Plus Should Take a Statin?

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf statin guidelines released last fall were followed to the letter, nearly all men between ages 60 and 75 would be taking a cholesterol-lowering drug even if they didn’t have heart disease, according to a new study that analyzed the impact of the controversial recommendations. The Duke University-led study projected that following the guidelines would result in nearly 13 million more Americans taking statins, most of them 60-plus. Among adults 60 to 75 without heart disease and not on statins, …

Does Fat Cause Heart Disease? Study Raises Doubts

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow long have health experts told us that saturated fat — the kind found in meat, cheese and butter — was bad for our heart’s health? Forever, it seems. But now a large, new international study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says those experts may have gone overboard demonizing one kind of fat. Researchers analyzed 72 studies on heart risk and fat consumption, involving more than 600,000 people in 18 countries, and found no evidence that cutting back …

FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraines

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAbout 36 million Americans suffer from migraines, a severe type of headache often accompanied by visual problems, nausea and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. Could a device that zaps the nerves in the forehead help prevent them? Migraine sufferers will soon be able to find out. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved a medical device called Cefaly to help prevent the debilitating headaches. Similar to a headband that’s worn across the forehead, the battery-powered device delivers …