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Niacin Too Risky to Take for Heart Disease

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthFor 50 years we’ve been told that taking high doses of the B vitamin niacin was one way to lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Now some prominent physicians have had an abrupt change of heart: New research shows that niacin not only doesn’t help but could be very risky for patients. Two large studies, published July 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that taking niacin didn’t reduce deaths from heart disease and it put patients at …

Could a Skin Gel Be Used to Fight Breast Cancer?

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor women with an early form of breast cancer, the oral drug tamoxifen can help prevent a recurrence, but the pill also has serious side effects. Could a tamoxifen skin gel, applied directly to the breast, avoid the side effects while still blocking the cancer cells? The answer may be yes, according to a small, but intriguing new study by researchers with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Both the skin gel and the pill versions of tamoxifen delivered the …

No Fasting Needed for Cholesterol Test, Study Finds

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor years we’ve been told we need to fast for eight to 12 hours before getting a blood test to measure our cholesterol. But for the second time in two years, a large study finds there’s no evidence that fasting is necessary. “The evidence on which the fasting recommendation is based is weak at best,” said senior author and cardiologist Sripal Bangalore of New York University Langone Medical Center. “Our study and data from other studies now really question this …

Got Foot Problems? The President Feels Your Pain

Posted on 06/18/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPresident Obama’s latest physical examination found him in excellent health, except for one nagging little pain: no, not his political critics. He has “recurrent plantar fasciitis” of the right foot, says his physician. The condition (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain, typically occurring in adults ages 40 to 60 (the president is 52). It happens when the thick, protective ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes, called …

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 …