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To Help Painful Knees, Start Counting to 6,000

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWalking is the best, easiest way to avoid or reduce the pain of arthritic knees, but up to now no one seemed to agree on just how much walking was needed to get the most benefit. Now a new study suggests it’s less than we thought. Even though several guidelines say at least 10,000 steps a day are optimal, researchers with Boston University say only 6,000 steps are needed — the equivalent of about 60 minutes of walking — to …

Former Restaurateur B. Smith Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFormer model and restaurateur Barbara Smith, better known to her fans as B. Smith, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Smith, 64, has been called “the black Martha Stewart” because of her wide range of home-decor, restaurant and lifestyle enterprises . In 1976 she became one of the first African American models on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. Ten years later, she opened the first of three B. Smith restaurants: two in New York and one, which …

Woman, 91, Makes Marathon History

Posted on 06/5/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHer name is Harriette Thompson. But you can call her Wonder Woman. Thompson, 91, of Charlotte, N.C., made history June 1 when she crossed the finish line of the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. She ran the fastest marathon ever by a woman 90 or older (7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds) and became the second-oldest marathon finisher in U.S. history. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Impressive, huh? But Thompson says she wasn’t even in her …

Who are the Biggest Tippers, Older or Younger Diners?

Posted on 06/5/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWho are better tippers in restaurants, older or younger diners? You might be surprised, reports a new survey — 30 percent of those 18 to 34 admit they usually skimp on their tip, while nearly all customers age 65-plus say they tip the expected 15 to 20 percent. The survey from French company Michelin, publisher of well-known restaurant guides, found that on average, Americans tip 18 percent for good service after dining out, slightly less than the 19 percent a …

On Long Flights, 6 Ways to Prevent Deadly Leg Clots

Posted on 06/2/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPlanning a vacation this summer? If it means you’ll be sitting for long hours in a plane or car, you could be increasing your risk of developing dangerous leg clots. Often called economy class syndrome, especially now that airlines are cutting down on legroom and squeezing in more seats, the actual medical term is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), for clots that form in deep veins, usually in the leg, due to immobility and poor blood circulation. Swelling, redness, warmth and …

Medicare Lifts Ban on Sex-Change Surgery

Posted on 05/30/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Lisa Leff of The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex-reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for people who don’t identify with their biological sex. Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old transgender Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, the agency’s Departmental Appeals Board said there was no justification …