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Cool It: Lower Temps May Help You Lose Weight

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthFor those perennial fights over the thermostat — “Turn it down, it’s too hot!” “Turn it up, it’s too cold!” — science may have some new ammunition. Turns out that turning down the thermostat revs up our metabolism and may help us lose weight, according to new research. The key, apparently, is increasing our brown fat. Our body contains two types of fat: white fat, which stores energy (meaning calories) and collects on our thighs and bellies, and brown fat, …

The 9 Highest-Calorie ‘Xtreme’ Restaurant Meals

Posted on 07/31/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow high can those numbers go? That’s the question each year as the nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) spotlights the restaurant-chain meals that pack in the highest calorie, fat and sodium counts. And just when you think those numbers can’t soar any more, consider this year’s “Xtreme Eating” awards: At the top spot is a  3,540-calorie Red Robin Gourmet Burgers “Monster” meal with a double burger, “bottomless” fries and Monster shake. The sodium alone …

Handshake or Fist Bump — Which is Less Germy?

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthManners maven Emily Post probably would have disapproved, but British researchers say if you want to protect yourself against germs, you should pass on the traditional handshake and instead exchange a fist bump, especially with your doctor. Scientists with Aberystwyth University in Wales wanted to see how doctors could reduce the spread of bacteria, so they tested three types of  hand-to-hand greetings to see which one transferred the fewest germs: a handshake, a high five or the sort of knuckle-to-knuckle …

Medicare in Good Health — for Now

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

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 …