11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone – and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

4 New Ways to Boost Food’s Anticancer Properties

Cancer researchers have long known that certain vegetables contain powerful anticancer compounds, but whether our bodies get the full dose of these substances often depends on how we cook the vegetables and even what other foods we eat along with them. This week, at the annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, scientists presented new research on how to get the most cancer-preventive properties out of certain vegetables we eat. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Here’s …

Got Health Problems? Now You Can Get insurance Online

By Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News. This KHN story was produced in collaboration with McClatchy. Denise Marshall of Sonoma, Calif., was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 and a year later, lost her toy company job along with her health insurance benefits. The good news is that her disease was caught early and she is now in remission. The bad news was her cancer diagnosis made it impossible to buy coverage because insurers thought she was too high a health …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN)   2. Surprise: The “perfect age” is now 50. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The Beatles have a new album on the way. (Learn more at BBC) 4. A daily cup of coffee can help prevent uterine cancer. (Learn more at AARP)   5. Why Tofutti CEO David Mintz loves older workers: “There’s no experience like experience.” (Learn more at The Tennessean) 6. The latest Forbes 400 list of richest Americans gives …

Blood Test May Help Find Ovarian Cancer Early

Hopes for a screening test that could detect ovarian cancer early – something that has eluded the fight against this lethal disease – were boosted this week with results from an important new study. Published online in the journal Cancer, the research involved monitoring women’s yearly blood test results for a sudden change in a biomarker called CA-125, a protein that indicates tumor growth. More than 4,000 postmenopausal women took part in the 11-year study at the University of Texas MD …

Can a Baldness Drug Prevent Prostate Cancer?

It’s a drug used to treat an enlarged prostate, as well as male-pattern baldness, and 10 years ago a study indicated it could reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by 30 percent. But there was also some indication that the drug, generic name finasteride, might cause more aggressive prostate tumors, so the Food and Drug Administration added a black box warning about the potential risks and wouldn’t approve its use to prevent cancer. Doctors also backed away from …