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Mrs. Obama: How About ‘Let’s Move!’ for Older Women?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

FDA’s New Food Label: Serving Up a Reality Check

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

FDA Begins New Testing of Generic Drug Quality

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs — which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take — work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Tell Your Kids: Deadly Flu Season for Younger Adults

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNormally it’s those 65 and older who get hit hardest by the flu, but this flu season has been particularly deadly for young and middle-aged adults, causing many more deaths and dramatically higher hospitalization rates than the previous three seasons. The reason is a return of the dangerous H1N1 virus, or swine flu, that caused the 2009-10 pandemic. This particular strain of flu makes people “very sick, very fast, and it kills,” said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Tom …

Yogurt, the Diabetes Fighter?

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt sounds so simple: Eat a couple of low-fat yogurts every week and this could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent, a new British study finds. And if you also swap out one sugary dessert or fatty snack for an additional container of yogurt, you’ll cut your risk by a whopping 47 percent! Obviously, that’s not all it takes to ward off diabetes. Exercising, not smoking, and eating other healthy foods are important as well …

Mammogram Study: Find Cancer Early, Live Longer?

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s a large, new study that raises doubts about the value of mammograms in preventing breast cancer deaths, but a lot of the publicity and debate about it seems to have missed an important point. According to the 25-year Canadian study, published Tuesday in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), there was no difference in the number of breast cancer deaths between women who got annual mammograms and women who got an annual physical breast exam by a nurse. The …