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Grandmas Who Babysit Stay Sharp, But Don’t Overdo It

Posted on 04/17/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBabysitting the grandkids can help boost grandma’s brain power, but doing it too much may have the opposite effect — possibly because grandma is feeling resentful, new research finds. The study of 120 Australian grandmothers, ages 57 to 68, wanted to see whether minding grandchildren played a role in helping postmenopausal women stay sharp as they aged. Previous research had shown that staying involved in social activities with friends or relatives helps improve cognitive function in older adults. >> Sign …

A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor’s Key to Recovery

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthJohn Odom is looking forward to walking into Boston Medical Center this week for a memorial honoring survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. After all, when he left the hospital last May, the doctors and nurses weren’t sure he would ever walk again. Odom, 66, was one of the most severely injured of the bombing victims, enduring 11 surgeries and weeks on life support after shrapnel from one bomb tore apart his legs. “I want to be able to walk in …

Drinking Milk May Help Knee Arthritis in Women

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who drank up to six glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk a week delayed the effects of arthritis in their knees, a large new study finds. Unfortunately, the same effect was not found in men. In addition, researchers led by Bing Lu, M.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found that eating greater amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women, while eating yogurt had no effect on arthritis in either …

Study Says These 4 Foods Help Lower Cholesterol

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLowering your cholesterol and reducing your heart disease risk may be as easy as adding a daily serving of beans or other legumes to your diet, according to a new analysis of Canadian and American studies. Canadian researchers reported that a ¾-cup daily serving of beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas resulted in a 5 percent drop in “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — and, by association, a potential 5 percent drop in heart disease risk. It also didn’t matter which of …

Grab a Tissue, Major Allergy Season Coming

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMan, this winter just keeps on giving. Turns out those record-setting, lower-than-normal temperatures we just suffered through are now going to cause higher-than-normal pollen counts starting this month. Or, as Susan Kosisky, chief microbiologist at the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Laboratory, told the Washington Post, “Grab your Kleenex. It’s coming.” Evidently the long cold spell has given trees more time to build up pollen, which basically translates to lots of eye-watering, sneezy-wheezy misery as the weather warms and all …

Health Care Law Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Erica Werner, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s new health care law as of the end of February, the administration announced on April 4, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion, while others already eligible but not yet enrolled came forward because of publicity around the …