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From Hugs to Music: 7 New Ways to Help Your Heart

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYes, we know that eating more veggies, getting more exercise and controlling blood pressure are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but new research also points to some simple, surprising ways you can protect your ticker. Give more hugs Hugging doesn’t just feel good — it’s good for you. A 10-second hug once or twice a day lowers blood pressure, says a recent Swedish study, published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology, that looked …

Alimentary School: Learn 6 Amazing Facts From ‘Gulp’

Posted on 04/5/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhy did Elvis Presley die sitting on the toilet?  Whose flatulence is worse, men’s or women’s? How many pints of saliva do we produce every day? What causes morning breath? What three foods are most likely to kill someone? Do prisoners really smuggle stuff in their rectums? Science writer Mary Roach has examined something we do everyday —eat, chew, swallow, digest, defecate — and turned it into a rollicking, informative, downright funny explanation of  everything that happens in our digestive …

Hemorrhoid Help: 7 Things You Should Know

Posted on 02/18/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNo one likes talking about hemorrhoids, but they’re obviously a problem for a lot of us: In 2012, more people searched Google for information on hemorrhoids than any other health condition. That’s not really surprising, considering that the National Institutes of Health says half of all Americans over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids. And 75 percent of people will suffer from them at some point in their lives. (Women often get them during pregnancy and after childbirth.) So what …

Five on Fiber Quiz: Which Foods Help You Feel Fuller?

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEating high-fiber foods helps you feel fuller, which helps keep your appetite in check — a good thing when you’re trying to cut calories. But there are high-fiber foods you may actually want to eat, and then there is the seaweed supplement that was the focus of recent research that went totally bust. The study looked at whether a seaweed-based fiber supplement could help people stick to their diets. The problem, as Danish researchers discovered earlier this year, is that …

High-Fiber Diet: It Doesn’t Help, May Worsen, Diverticulosis

Posted on 01/25/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIn a surprising reversal of what doctors have been telling older patients for 40 years, a new study suggests that eating a high-fiber diet to protect against the intestinal disorder diverticulosis doesn’t work. Diverticulosis, a disease that causes pouches on the wall of the colon (see photo, left), affects about half of Americans by age 60, with two-thirds developing the condition by age 85, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many suffer only mild …