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When Are You Over-the-Hill? Try Age 24

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThink you should worry about your brain slowing down post-age 50? Too late. It’s already started at age 24. Or at least that’s what a Canadian study of players of a hyper-competitive computer game has found. Apparently our cognitive motor skills — meaning the speed at which we process something and then react to it — peak by age 24, then begin to slowly diminish. But don’t be depressed! We make up for it by becoming more cunning and crafty, …

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 …

FTC Raises Concerns About Efforts to Blunt Rx Competition

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health | Public Policy InstituteBiologic drugs are often used to treat health conditions that affect older populations — diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Derived from living organisms, biologics have an estimated average cost of $35,000 a year, which is far more than that of traditional, chemically derived drugs. Congress recently granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to approve less expensive generic versions of biologic drugs, known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics. But while the FDA continues to work …

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 …