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Katie Couric’s Sugar-Free Challenge

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTelevision host Katie Couric, whose new documentary, “Fed Up,” blames sugar for the country’s spiraling obesity problem, is challenging people to take a 10-day break from the sweet stuff. In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Couric urged people to try and give up foods with added sugar, including artificial sweeteners, “which have the same impact on your brain as added sugar.” That means foods with naturally occurring sugar, including fresh fruit and plain yogurt, are fine, but options …

What Health Apps Tell Outsiders About You

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHundreds of health applications these days can track our weight, steps, caloric intake, blood pressure — and even our friends’ workouts at the gym. And those diagnosed with an ailment can go online to get answers to health questions or share their stories with others suffering from the same illness. Sure, this can be useful for consumers seeking to take control of their health. These new outlets, however, raise other questions: Who else is looking at our medical information? And …

Beer Could Reduce Women’s Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHaving a couple of beers a week may reduce a woman’s risk of getting painful rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by nearly a third, a new study finds. Researchers with Harvard Medical School wanted to see if moderate alcohol consumption might be associated with a lower risk of this particular form of arthritis, which affects more than 1.5 million Americans, primarily women. The disease typically strikes women between ages 30 and 60. In the study, having a few alcoholic drinks during the …

Valerie Harper: We Need More Money for Cancer Research

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health“Seventy-five percent of all lung cancers are found too late,” actress and cancer survivor Valerie Harper told a Senate committee hearing on cancer on Wednesday, saying funding is desperately needed for early detection in “people like me” who didn’t think they were at risk. The hearing by the Senate Special Committee on Aging focused on federal funding for cancer research and the challenges facing aging survivors. Harold Varmus, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, who also testified, noted that …

Will Obamacare Save Lives?

Posted on 05/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFewer people died after Massachusetts introduced mandatory health coverage in 2006, a new Harvard study finds, offering “encouraging evidence” that the country’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) — modeled on the Massachusetts plan — could also save lives, researchers said. The study, published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that Massachusetts’ health-coverage law saved about 320 lives a year during each of its first four years. “Our findings add to a growing body of evidence showing that health insurance makes …

‘Dirty Dozen’ Lists Produce with Most Pesticides

Posted on 05/6/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBite into that nice, crunchy apple and you’re also getting a mouthful of pesticide residue, according to the annual list of fruits and veggies with the most — and least — of the chemicals. The so-called Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are compiled annually by the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the USDA has set limits on the amount of pesticide residue it deems safe, conventionally grown …