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Lyme Disease: How Do 30,000 Cases Jump to 300,000?

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOops. Guess there’s been a little miscounting when it comes to Lyme disease. It’s really 10 times more common than we thought. Not 30,000 cases a year, but 300,000, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kudos to the CDC for making this concerted effort to find out the complete scope of this insidious, tick-borne disease. It comes, however, after  years of controversy over Lyme, including patients complaining that doctors didn’t fully understand it, …

Why Your Dog Wants to Move to Montana

Posted on 05/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany of us who have dogs or cats tend to think of them almost as family members, which is one reason that Americans happily spent $53 billion last year on food, veterinary care,  chew toys and myriad accessories (such as sporty camouflage-colored harnesses for Chihauhuas). And at one time or another, we’ve all probably wondered what Princess or Fido is thinking when they stare at us with those big soulful eyes.  But now, thanks to a new survey on the state …

5 Things Caregivers Must Know About Diabetes

Posted on 04/17/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWith a U.S. diabetic population of 26.9% age 65+, or 10.9 million, caregivers must be careful observers. If your parent or spouse has diabetes and is over age 65, read on. Their condition is unique to their age, but it’s not always treated that way. “Geriatric diabetes is not as well understood as it is for the pediatric population. Treating a 40-year-old the same way as an 80-year-old is inappropriate,” says Dr. Medha Munshi, a geriatrician and endocrinologist who runs …

Did You Get Your Flu Shot Yet?

Posted on 12/3/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthHave you gotten your flu shot? ‘Tis the season, it’s not over yet. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. You might think that if you haven’t gotten your vaccination by now that there’s no reason. You still should! A vaccination now can still help you against this season’s flu. According to the CDC, flu season usually peaks in February and can last until May. This is still plenty of time to get sick if you haven’t gotten your shot. …

Flu Season is Back!

Posted on 09/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthSeptember! Already! Of course, that means a sort of unofficial start of cold and flu season. The CDC recommends that we get vaccinated against flu starting in September because the flu can start to spread as early as October. What do you need to know to keep healthy? At the risk of sounding horribly mysophobic, let’s talk about basic preventative measures from the CDC. You probably hear these things every year, but these actions should be almost reflexes. This kinda …

West Nile Virus: If You’re Over 50, Your Risk Is Higher

Posted on 08/23/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFederal health officials are warning older adults to take extra steps to protect themselves against the mosquito responsible for this summer’s record outbreak of West Nile virus. Thanks to the extreme heat and drought affecting the country, the mosquito that carries the West Nile virus has flourished. The result, say officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the worst outbreak of the virus in history — infecting people in 47 states and causing 41 deaths so …