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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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FDA Begins New Testing of Generic Drug Quality

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs — which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take — work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Tell Your Kids: Deadly Flu Season for Younger Adults

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNormally it’s those 65 and older who get hit hardest by the flu, but this flu season has been particularly deadly for young and middle-aged adults, causing many more deaths and dramatically higher hospitalization rates than the previous three seasons. The reason is a return of the dangerous H1N1 virus, or swine flu, that caused the 2009-10 pandemic. This particular strain of flu makes people “very sick, very fast, and it kills,” said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Tom …

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 …