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Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe? FDA (Finally) May Decide

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s taken more than 40 years and the pressure of a lawsuit, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally getting serious about the controversial use of chemicals in antibacterial soaps and body washes. The agency announced Monday that not only is there no evidence that these antibacterial cleansers are more effective than other cleansers at getting rid of germs, but the chemicals they contain, like triclosan, could raise other health risks. (Translation: Mom was right. Just wash with …

Really? Fries, Burned Toast Could Cause Cancer?

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWe know french fries are bad for our waistlines, but now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants us to know that there’s another reason to cut back on them — a chemical called acrylamide, which forms in foods cooked at a very high temperature and which has been linked to cancer in animal studies. Acrylamide primarily shows up in plant-based foods that are fried, toasted or baked, like potatoes, cereals, breads, dried fruit, even roasted coffee beans. Evidently, the …

Ojo con las porciones que te vas a servir este Día de Acción de Gracias

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolPonche de huevo/rompope, 1taza 223 calorías Ponche de huevo, reducido en grasa, 1taza 120 calorías Soda, 1taza 182 calorías Sidra caliente de manzana, sin azúcar, 1taza 100 calorías 5 galletas saladas 63 calorías Vegetales picados, 1/3 taza de zanahorias, brócoli, apio 40 calorías Queso, 1onza 105 calorías Dip hecho con crema baja en grasa, 2cucharadas 40 calorías Pavo, 8onzas 306 calorías Pavo, 4onzas 153 calorías Salsa para el pavo o ‘gravy’, 1 taza 188 calorías Salsa de carne o ‘gravy’, …

Home DNA Tests: Are They Safe?

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe promise of genetic medicine is vast. In the future, cancer therapies will better target a specific tumor; couples will better understand their reproductive risks; and once the genetic components of myriad diseases are better understood, potential cures may be just around the corner. But experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and elsewhere worry that our ability to learn about our genome has outrun the medical community’s ability to usefully interpret the results. “It’s not enough to understand …

FDA to Ban Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mary Clare Jalonick of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out artificial trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 …

Tests Show Herbal Supplements Are Often Fake

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHerbal supplements, like echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John’s wort, are taken by millions of Americans to supposedly help fight off colds, relieve mild depression, improve memory and any number of other unproven claims. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter In fact, we spend an estimated $5 billion a year on these pills that are unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration because they aren’t considered either food or drugs. So how can we be sure the pills …