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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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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 …

New Blood Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA simple blood test that a researcher calls a “game changer” may be able to accurately predict whether older adults will develop dementia. The experimental test, developed by researchers at six universities, was 90 percent accurate at predicting whether adults age 70 and older would develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s within two to three years. The study was published online Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. The test measures the levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream. …

Spring Forward: 4 Myths About Daylight Saving Time

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLet’s hope you’ve recovered from Groggy Monday, the day after we turn our clocks ahead an hour (and lose an hour of sleep) for that  convoluted practice called daylight saving time. Even though studies show that this fiddling with our sleep schedule is a bad idea — a higher risk of car accidents from sleepy drivers during the Monday morning commute, workplace injuries because of tired workers, a spike in heart attack risk — we’re still somehow wedded to “springing …