11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun. 1. The 24th 007 movie will feature the first 50-year-old “Bond Girl.” (Learn more at AARP) 2. President Obama has acid reflux. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Your flu shot might not protect you from half the varieties of this season’s bugs. (Learn more at AARP) 4. When the president of Ukraine seeks advice, he sometimes turns to a doll. (Learn more at Buzzfeed) How Far Could You Travel With $10,000? Enter Our Winter Escapes …

7 Ways to Reduce Acid Reflux (Even if You’re the President)

A nagging sore throat had President Obama checking in for an exam recently with his doctors. The diagnosis was one that’s familiar to millions of Americans: acid reflux. Acid reflux — aka heartburn — occurs when stomach acid sloshes up into your esophagus, irritating and inflaming the tissue, including the back of the throat. If it happens several times a week and becomes severe, it’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It’s estimated that 60 percent of U.S. adults will experience …

Should Spanx Come With a Health Warning?

Back in the day, it was called a corset or a girdle. Now it’s called shapewear, with the hugely popular Spanx line and other brands helping women smooth their lumps and bumps under clothes. But actress Jennifer Coolidge, 52, expressed many women’s feelings when she told the New York Post, “I hate Spanx because even though they look so good under your clothes, sometimes mid-wedding I’ll be like, ‘I feel so nauseous.’ They’re so tight, who knows what you’re cutting …

Gas Emissions: Is Flatulence a Firing Offense?

OK, let’s be honest. We all fart. But what happens when it occurs nine times a day in an office shared by other coworkers? Should it be handled as a health problem that needs remedying? Or a deliberate nuisance worthy of reprimand? Washington Post writer Josh Hicks recently wrote about a Social Security Administration employee accused of continuously “passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor” that created a “hostile work environment.” The story prompted more than 800 online comments from …

Why Your Heartburn Drugs May Not Work

As we head into a holiday season full of heavy, rich meals, here’s unwelcome news: Not only is heartburn increasing, but also those highly popular acid-blocking drugs don’t seem to work for a large number of us. A recent study in the journal Gut found that during the past two decades there was a 47 percent increase in the number of people who suffered weekly bouts of heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the condition that most often causes that burning …

Holiday Heartburn: How To Avoid It This Thanksgiving

If you’re prone to heartburn or acid reflux, then a big food-focused holiday like Thanksgiving can be an uncomfortable time. So beat the burn — by choosing the right foods and drinks. Follow these tips for a more enjoyable holiday: *Be a nibbler, not a gobbler. Large portions, and eating too quickly, can cause stomach acid to bubble up and irritate the sensitive tissues of the esophagus — the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Eat small …