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Weight Loss: Do Frequent Small Meals Really Help?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s familiar advice to dieters: Eat five small meals a day, instead of two big ones, and you’ll stave off hunger and lose more weight. Except that it may not work that way. According to a new British study, the total number of calories, not meal frequency, is what counts. Women who ate two big meals a day burned the same amount of calories as women who ate five small meals. In other words, it’s the total amount of calories …

CDC: Hospital Infections Kill 200 Patients a Day

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPatients go to a hospital to get better, not to get an additional infection that makes them sicker or even kills them. Yet every day more than 200 Americans will die from an infection they developed during their hospital stay, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although the CDC’s newest data show some improvement in the number of these hospital-acquired infections, they are still a major problem. According to the government’s survey of 183 hospitals in 2011, …

‘Oil Pulling’: An Old Remedy is Getting a New Life

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCan swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day really whiten your teeth, sweeten your breath, improve your skin and get rid of your migraines? More to the point, is it even possible to swish oil in your mouth for that long without gagging? We’re talking about an ancient Indian folk remedy called oil pulling that suddenly has found new life, thanks to popular actresses trying it and social media sites such as Pinterest helping spread the word. Oil …

Rx for Winter: 5 Spring Superfoods

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThis year’s unrelenting winter makes it feel like spring weather will never get here, but eventually there will be a new crop of nutrient-packed spring foods to boost your health and help you shrug off those winter doldrums. Here’s what should be showing up in your local market soon. Artichokes California, which supplies 80 percent of the country’s chokes, has a glut of them this year, thanks to that state’s unseasonably warm winter, reports the Los Angeles Times. So savor …

Having a Stroke? Most Women Don’t Know Warning Signs

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWith stroke, getting treatment as soon as possible is crucial to recovery — and yet most U.S. women don’t know most of stroke’s warning signs, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Stroke, found that 1 in 5 women didn’t know a single symptom of having a stroke. Hispanic women were even less likely to know the warning signs — 1 in 4 couldn’t name any of them. Although 84 percent of women knew to call 911 …

Huh? 87% of Men Age 60-Plus Should Take a Statin?

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf statin guidelines released last fall were followed to the letter, nearly all men between ages 60 and 75 would be taking a cholesterol-lowering drug even if they didn’t have heart disease, according to a new study that analyzed the impact of the controversial recommendations. The Duke University-led study projected that following the guidelines would result in nearly 13 million more Americans taking statins, most of them 60-plus. Among adults 60 to 75 without heart disease and not on statins, …