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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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Why Cereal Can Help You Avoid a Second Heart Attack

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEating a high-fiber diet can help you avoid heart disease, but what if you’ve already had a heart attack — can adding fiber to your diet help you live longer? A study that researchers say is the first to examine this question has some good news for heart patients: The more fiber heart attack survivors add to their diet — especially in the form of cereal and whole grains — the lower their risk of dying from any cause, said …

Could This Be the Secret to Younger-Looking Skin?

Posted on 04/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWant skin that looks 20 to 30 years younger? Forget the lotions and potions; instead, try exercising twice a week. Surprising new Canadian research on sedentary adults age 65-plus found that exercise significantly improved their skin composition. Skin samples viewed under a microscope before and after three months of exercise showed that exercise had reversed the aging effects: The skin layers were similar to those of people decades younger. “I don’t want to overhype the results, but, really, it was …

What’s in Your Wallet? A Whole Lot of Germs

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOpen your wallet. Pull out a dollar bill. You’ve just touched more than 3,000 bacteria that have been linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Thinking about using that plastic credit card more often now?) These kinds of microbes, which are found on many surfaces, are transferred when we touch things. Money, in particular, gets handed around a lot, say researchers with New York University’s aptly named Dirty Money Project. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter …

Las abuelas se mantienen perspicaces cuidando a los nietos —pero no exageres

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

En EspañolCuidar a los nietos puede aumentar la capacidad intelectual de las abuelas, pero cuidarlos por demasiado tiempo podría producir el efecto contrario —según nuevas investigaciones, posiblemente porque las abuelas sienten resentimiento–. El estudio de 120 abuelas australianas, de entre 57 y 68 años, tenía como fin determinar si cuidar a los nietos juega un papel en ayudar a las mujeres posmenopáusicas a mantenerse perspicaces a medida que envejecen. Investigaciones previas habían demostrado que las actividades sociales con amistades y familiares ayudan a mejorar la función …

What Sleeping Position Reveals About a Relationship

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you spoon with your honey to fall asleep? Or do you sleep more than an arm’s length away? A new British study finds that a couple’s sleeping position says a lot about their relationship. Researchers who asked more than 1,000 people to describe their preferred sleeping position and rate the quality of their relationship found that the closer together people slept, the happier they were as a couple. “One of the most important differences involved touching,” lead study author …

Grandmas Who Babysit Stay Sharp, But Don’t Overdo It

Posted on 04/17/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBabysitting the grandkids can help boost Grandma’s brainpower, but doing it too much may have the opposite effect — possibly because Grandma is feeling resentful, new research finds. The study of 120 Australian grandmothers, ages 57 to 68, wanted to determine whether minding grandchildren played a role in helping postmenopausal women stay sharp as they aged. Previous research had shown that staying involved in social activities with friends or relatives helps improve cognitive function in older adults. >> Sign up …