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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 …

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 …

‘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 …

Wife’s Illness Raises Divorce Risk More Than Husband’s

Posted on 05/1/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWell, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does. While the health consequences of divorce are well known, researchers wanted to see how marriage in couples age 50 and older was affected when one spouse developed a serious health condition like cancer, heart disease, lung disease or stroke. They examined 20 years of data on 2,717 marriages from the Health …

Why Cereal Can Help You Avoid a Second Heart Attack

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEating a high-fiber diet can help you avoid heart disease, but what if you’ve already had a heart attack — can adding fiber to your diet help you live longer? A study that researchers say is the first to examine this question has some good news for heart patients: The more fiber heart attack survivors add to their diet — especially in the form of cereal and whole grains — the lower their risk of dying from any cause, said …