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.

La desesperaci贸n que est谩 matando a la poblaci贸n blanca de mediana edad en Estados Unidos

In English | Durante d茅cadas la tasa de mortalidad entre todos los grupos de personas en Estados Unidos vi贸聽un decenso constante, gracias a los avances de la medicina y la calidad de vida. Pero 15 a帽os atr谩s esa tendencia de repente cambi贸 para uno de los grupos: la poblaci贸n blanca de entre 45 y 54 a帽os. Fotos:聽Combate la depresi贸n sin medicamentos En lo que un nuevo estudio denomin贸 “una epidemia de desesperaci贸n”, dos economistas de Princeton encontraron que el suicidio, …

New Lower Blood Pressure Goal: Is It for You?

En espa帽ol | For older adults with high blood pressure, experts have been arguing for more than a year about how low the optimal BP reading should go. Should patients age 50-plus aim for a systolic level (the higher number in the reading) of 140 to 150, as a panel of experts recommended in 2013? Or should they use extra medication to aggressively lower it to 120, as a major federal study of adults urged in September? That September announcement …

The Despair That鈥檚 Killing White, Middle-Aged Americans

En espa帽ol | For decades, the death rate among all groups of Americans has been steadily declining, thanks to advances in medicine and quality of life. But 15 years ago, that trend suddenly reversed for one group: white Americans ages 45 to 54. In what a聽new study聽termed 鈥渁n epidemic of despair,鈥 two Princeton economists find that suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse are driving up deaths among less-educated, middle-aged, white Americans 鈥 some of it due to job loss and financial …

Experts Argue Against New Mammogram Guidelines

The American Cancer Society鈥檚 newly announced change in mammogram guidelines has made the debate on when, and how frequently, to get breast cancer screening even more confusing for women. Even worse, this change was based on the advice of a panel聽 that 鈥渄id not include a single surgeon, radiologist or medical oncologist who specializes in the care and treatment of breast cancer. Not one,鈥 said an op-ed column in the New York Times written by three breast cancer experts who …

Bad News, Bacon Lovers: Processed Meat Linked to Cancer

鈥淏etter not eat that. It鈥檒l give you cancer. Didn鈥檛 you hear about that report?鈥 the woman asked, as her friend reached for the bacon at the cafeteria breakfast bar. 鈥淭hat report鈥 refers to the one this week from the World Health Organization (WHO) that caused a tizzy among lovers of bacon, cold cuts, sausages and hot dogs by saying consumption of processed meats 鈥渃auses colorectal cancer.鈥 Based on an analysis of more than 800 studies by 22 experts from 10 …

Dietary Supplements Send 23,000 to ER Yearly

Popular over-the-counter supplements, including multivitamins, energy boosters and diet pills, send 23,000 Americans to the emergency room yearly with chest pain, heart palpitations, choking and other problems, according to the first large study to look at the products鈥 adverse effects. The federally funded research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It鈥檚 based on data from 63 emergency rooms across the country, from 2004 to 2013. Unlike prescription medicines, the $32 billion supplement industry is largely unregulated; the …