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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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‘Dirty Dozen’ Lists Produce with Most Pesticides

Posted on 05/6/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBite into that nice, crunchy apple and you’re also getting a mouthful of pesticide residue, according to the annual list of fruits and veggies with the most — and least — of the chemicals. The so-called Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are compiled annually by the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the USDA has set limits on the amount of pesticide residue it deems safe, conventionally grown …

Wife’s Illness Raises Divorce Risk More Than Husband’s

Posted on 05/1/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWell, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does. While the health consequences of divorce are well known, researchers wanted to see how marriage in couples age 50 and older was affected when one spouse developed a serious health condition like cancer, heart disease, lung disease or stroke. They examined 20 years of data on 2,717 marriages from the Health …

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 …