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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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Yogurt, the Diabetes Fighter?

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt sounds so simple: Eat a couple of low-fat yogurts every week and this could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent, a new British study finds. And if you also swap out one sugary dessert or fatty snack for an additional container of yogurt, you’ll cut your risk by a whopping 47 percent! Obviously, that’s not all it takes to ward off diabetes. Exercising, not smoking, and eating other healthy foods are important as well …

Mammogram Study: Find Cancer Early, Live Longer?

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s a large, new study that raises doubts about the value of mammograms in preventing breast cancer deaths, but a lot of the publicity and debate about it seems to have missed an important point. According to the 25-year Canadian study, published Tuesday in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), there was no difference in the number of breast cancer deaths between women who got annual mammograms and women who got an annual physical breast exam by a nurse. The …

Tom Brokaw’s Cancer: What is Multiple Myeloma?

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthFormer NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow that has seen remarkable progress in its treatment in the last 15 years. The veteran news anchor, 74, stepped down in 2004, but has remained with the network as a special correspondent. He said in a statement that his doctors were very encouraged with his progress and he remains “very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my …

‘Pink Eye’ Sidelines Bob Costas at Olympics

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor the first time since 1998, NBC’s Bob Costas won’t be hosting the network’s prime-time Olympics show, thanks to an eye infection most of us recognize from childhood. Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, has sidelined Costas — not surprising if you’ve been watching him for the past few days. Each night, his eyes have looked increasingly red and swollen. On Tuesday he woke up with both eyes crusty and swollen shut, the New York Times reported, and he told the network he …

The Big Squeeze: Unhealthy Effects of Spanx, Shapewear

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBack in the day, it was called a corset or a girdle. Now it’s called shapewear, with the hugely popular Spanx line and other brands helping women smooth their lumps and bumps under clothes. But actress Jennifer Coolidge, 52, expressed many women’s feelings when she told the New York Post, “I hate Spanx because even though they look so good under your clothes, sometimes mid-wedding I’ll be like, ‘I feel so nauseous.’ They’re so tight, who knows what you’re cutting …

7 Ways to Fight Your Sugar Addiction

Posted on 02/5/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor those of us with a sweet tooth — which appears to be most of the country — the newest research carries some bitter news: Americans eat way too much sugar, and it’s killing us. In one of the biggest studies to examine the issue, researchers from the government and two universities found a link between high sugar consumption and fatal heart disease. The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The culprit, they believe, is all the sugar added …