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Could This Be the Secret to Younger-Looking Skin?

Posted on 04/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWant skin that looks 20 to 30 years younger? Forget the lotions and potions; instead, try exercising twice a week. Surprising new Canadian research on sedentary adults age 65-plus found that exercise significantly improved their skin composition. Skin samples viewed under a microscope before and after three months of exercise showed that exercise had reversed the aging effects: The skin layers were similar to those of people decades younger. “I don’t want to overhype the results, but, really, it was …

What’s in Your Wallet? A Whole Lot of Germs

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOpen your wallet. Pull out a dollar bill. You’ve just touched more than 3,000 bacteria that have been linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Thinking about using that plastic credit card more often now?) These kinds of microbes, which are found on many surfaces, are transferred when we touch things. Money, in particular, gets handed around a lot, say researchers with New York University’s aptly named Dirty Money Project. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter …

What Sleeping Position Reveals About a Relationship

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you spoon with your honey to fall asleep? Or do you sleep more than an arm’s length away? A new British study finds that a couple’s sleeping position says a lot about their relationship. Researchers who asked more than 1,000 people to describe their preferred sleeping position and rate the quality of their relationship found that the closer together people slept, the happier they were as a couple. “One of the most important differences involved touching,” lead study author …

Grandmas Who Babysit Stay Sharp, But Don’t Overdo It

Posted on 04/17/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBabysitting the grandkids can help boost Grandma’s brainpower, but doing it too much may have the opposite effect — possibly because Grandma is feeling resentful, new research finds. The study of 120 Australian grandmothers, ages 57 to 68, wanted to determine whether minding grandchildren played a role in helping postmenopausal women stay sharp as they aged. Previous research had shown that staying involved in social activities with friends or relatives helps improve cognitive function in older adults. >> Sign up …

When Are You Over-the-Hill? Try Age 24

Posted on 04/15/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayThink you should worry about your brain slowing down post-age 50? Too late. It’s already started at age 24. Or at least that’s what a Canadian study of players of a hypercompetitive computer game has found. Apparently our cognitive motor skills — meaning the speed at which we process something and then react to it — peak by age 24, then begin to diminish slowly. But don’t be depressed! We make up for it by becoming more cunning and crafty, …

Drinking Milk May Help Knee Arthritis in Women

Posted on 04/10/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who drank up to six glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk a week delayed the effects of arthritis in their knees, a large new study finds. Unfortunately, the same effect was not found in men. In addition, researchers led by Bing Lu, M.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found that eating greater amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women, while eating yogurt had no effect on arthritis in either …