Really? Fries, Burned Toast Could Cause Cancer?

We 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

Ponche 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?

The 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 …

Tests Show Herbal Supplements Are Often Fake

Herbal 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 …

Ready-to-Eat Salads With Meat Recalled for Listeria

Updated Friday Oct. 25: Refrigerated, ready-to-eat salads from two firms have been hit with government recalls because of possible contamination with dangerous listeria, both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Listeria can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause …

Buying Arthritis Supplements Online? A Warning

Buying dietary supplements online is easy and popular, but using Reumofan, a Mexican product marketed online to relieve arthritis and joint pain, can cause dangerous side effects, including liver injury, internal bleeding, stroke and death, the government warns. The Food and Drug Administration has been issuing warnings since 2012 that this so-called “natural” supplement actually contains three powerful prescription drug ingredients, including a corticosteroid that can affect blood sugar levels and impair the body’s ability to fight off infection, and …