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Medicare in Good Health — For Now

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare is in much better health and has a somewhat longer life expectancy than previously expected, according to the 2014 Medicare Trustee’s report released today. Spending on Medicare’s Part B program, which covers mainly doctors’ services and outpatient care, has significantly slowed, the report says. That’s good news for the 59 million people on Medicare, because it means that the standard Part B premiums, which are always pegged to the previous year’s costs, are expected to stay at the same …

Lose a Leg, or More, to a Love of Salt and Sugar

Posted on 07/23/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Personal Health | Your LifeI apparently have had diabetes for many years but haven’t paid much attention to it other than maybe not eating the third slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and using less than a cup of salt on my french fries. Today, I know better. Now if Señor Salt rides into our dining room like a South American gaucho, I am to ride my own horse the hell out of there. If Mademoiselle Sugar, the enticing French beauty, were to step …

Probiotics in Yogurt May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthIf you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

How Medicare Might End Surprise Nursing Care Penalties

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe for Kaiser Health News Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least three days. The idea behind these experiments is to find out whether new payment arrangements with the hospitals and other health care providers that drop the three-day rule can reduce costs or keep them the same …

Niacin Too Risky to Take for Heart Disease

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthFor 50 years we’ve been told that taking high doses of the B vitamin niacin was one way to lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Now some prominent physicians have had an abrupt change of heart: New research shows that niacin not only doesn’t help but could be very risky for patients. Two large studies, published July 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that taking niacin didn’t reduce deaths from heart disease and it put patients at …

Could a Skin Gel Be Used to Fight Breast Cancer?

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor women with an early form of breast cancer, the oral drug tamoxifen can help prevent a recurrence, but the pill also has serious side effects. Could a tamoxifen skin gel, applied directly to the breast, avoid the side effects while still blocking the cancer cells? The answer may be yes, according to a small, but intriguing new study by researchers with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Both the skin gel and the pill versions of tamoxifen delivered the …