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 nueva “Viagra femenina”: ¿ayudará a las mujeres mayores?

In English | La Food and Drug Administration (FDA, Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos) ha aprobado el primer medicamento diseñado para tratar la falta de libido o deseo sexual entre las mujeres premenopáusicas, aunque algunos expertos dicen que también podría ayudar a las mujeres mayores. Fotos: 7 razones para estar más activo sexualmente después de los 50 El medicamento se aprobó luego de una controversial campaña de cabildeo en junio por parte de su fabricante y otros grupos, que acusaban a la agencia federal …

Do This for 15 Minutes. You’ll Live Longer

There’s no debate that exercise can help us live a longer, healthier life. But let’s say you have a chronic health condition that makes exercise difficult. Or maybe you’re just very busy. Is there a minimum amount of exercise older adults can do to reap at least some benefits? If you ask the federal government, as well as numerous other national and international health agencies, the answer is 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise — basically 30 minutes …

CSPI’s Most Outrageously Unhealthy Restaurant Meals

En español | Every year the Washington, D.C., consumer-watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) takes a look at menus from the country’s top chain restaurants and figures out which meals are so mind-blowingly unhealthy, they deserve some kind of dishonorable mention. Hence, this year’s list of “Xtreme Eating” meals — those with shocking amounts of calories, fat and sodium, which contribute to the nation’s problems with obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases, said Paige Einstein, a …

Jimmy Carter and His ‘Breakthrough’ Cancer Drug

Former president Jimmy Carter, who announced Thursday he has melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain, is being treated with two cutting-edge therapies that offer new hope to the 76,000 Americans diagnosed annually with this type of cancer. Carter, 90, explained in a news conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta that melanoma — most commonly occurring as skin cancer, but which can also cause internal tumors — had formed a mass in his liver, as well as …

New ‘Female Viagra’ Pill: Will It Help Older Women?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medication designed to treat lack of sexual desire in premenopausal women, although some experts say it may be helpful for older women as well. The approval comes after a controversial lobbying campaign in June by the drug’s makers and other groups accusing the federal agency of gender bias in not approving a sexual dysfunction drug for women. The FDA denied the charge, saying erectile dysfunction drugs for men work far …

Paying More for Your Rx Meds? 7 Ways to Save

Has this happened to you lately? You go to refill one of your regular prescriptions at the pharmacy and the copay has gone up — a lot. That’s a nasty little surprise that’s happened to 1 in 3 Americans in the last 12 months, according to a new Consumer Reports survey of more than 1,000 adults taking prescription meds. Those hit with sticker shock said they paid an average $39 above the usual cost for their prescription, with 1 in …