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.

Bedtime Blood Pressure Meds May Help Prevent Diabetes

Sometimes it’s not just a matter of taking your medication, but also when you take it that’s paramount. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new study that found that taking your blood pressure pills at bedtime, rather than waiting until morning, can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. Spanish researchers with the University of Vigo conducted two related studies, both published Sept. 23 in the journal Diabetologia, that tested the link between blood pressure …

La vacuna antigripal debería ser mejor esta temporada

In English | Debido a que la temporada de gripe está por comenzar, las autoridades de salud aseguraron a las personas que la nueva y actualizada vacuna antigripal disponible desde ahora debería funcionar mejor que la del año pasado. Fotos: 9 alimentos que te protegen contra la gripe La temporada de gripe del 2014-15 fue sumamente fuerte debido a que una de las principales cepas gripales cambió después que la vacuna ya había sido fabricada. Como resultado, la vacuna del año …

Best, Worst Fast-Food Chains for Antibiotics in Meat

The overuse of antibiotics — including in animals used for food — is one of the country’s top health threats, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because it has led to “superbug” infections that no longer respond to medication. There has been consumer pressure on the meat industry to stop the routine use of antibiotics to fatten animals and prevent disease in crowded conditions, but consumer groups have also been pressuring the major fast-food chains to switch to …

CDC: Flu Shot Should Be Better This Season

En español | With flu season about to start, health officials reassured Americans that the new, updated flu vaccine now available should do a better job than last year’s. The 2014-15 flu season was particularly nasty, thanks to a major flu strain that changed after the vaccine had already been manufactured. As a result, last year’s vaccine was only 13 percent effective against the virulent H3N2 strain, causing the highest hospitalization rate among older adults that the Centers for Disease …

Los platos más dañinos de restaurantes, a punto de escándalo

In English | Cada año, el grupo de protección al consumidor Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI, Centro para la Ciencia en el Interés Público), con sede en Washington D.C., revisa los menús de las cadenas de los restaurantes más populares del país, y establece cuáles comidas son tan increíblemente dañinas que merecen algún tipo de mención deshonorífica. De ahí, la lista de este año de los platos ganadores del premio “Xtreme Eating”: aquellos con escandalosas cantidades de calorías, …

A Sharp U-Turn in Blood Pressure Rules for Those 50+

Health officials have changed their minds — again — about blood pressure guidelines. For decades, medical experts agreed that the goal should be to keep blood pressure readings below 140/90. Then, two years ago, a prestigious panel upended that and said a slightly higher reading of 150/90 or below was OK for older adults in order to avoid potentially dangerous side effects — such as dizziness and falls — from too much blood pressure medication. Now, in a dramatic U-turn, …