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Should You Take an Aspirin to Prevent Cancer?

Posted on 08/6/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTaking a daily low-dose aspirin has been standard advice for many at risk for heart disease, but now a large scientific review of research finds that the same advice could dramatically cut older adults’ risk of developing — and dying from — colon, stomach or esophageal cancer. British researchers found that if adults ages 50 to 65 took a daily low-dose (about 75 milligrams) aspirin for 10 years, it could cut colon cancer cases by 35 percent and deaths from …

Cool It: Lower Temps May Help You Lose Weight

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthFor those perennial fights over the thermostat — “Turn it down, it’s too hot!” “Turn it up, it’s too cold!” — science may have some new ammunition. Turns out that turning down the thermostat revs up our metabolism and may help us lose weight, according to new research. The key, apparently, is increasing our brown fat. Our body contains two types of fat: white fat, which stores energy (meaning calories) and collects on our thighs and bellies, and brown fat, …

The 9 Highest-Calorie ‘Xtreme’ Restaurant Meals

Posted on 07/31/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow high can those numbers go? That’s the question each year as the nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) spotlights the restaurant-chain meals that pack in the highest calorie, fat and sodium counts. And just when you think those numbers can’t soar any more, consider this year’s “Xtreme Eating” awards: At the top spot is a  3,540-calorie Red Robin Gourmet Burgers “Monster” meal with a double burger, “bottomless” fries and Monster shake. The sodium alone …

Handshake or Fist Bump — Which is Less Germy?

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthManners maven Emily Post probably would have disapproved, but British researchers say if you want to protect yourself against germs, you should pass on the traditional handshake and instead exchange a fist bump, especially with your doctor. Scientists with Aberystwyth University in Wales wanted to see how doctors could reduce the spread of bacteria, so they tested three types of  hand-to-hand greetings to see which one transferred the fewest germs: a handshake, a high five or the sort of knuckle-to-knuckle …

Probiotics in Yogurt May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthIf you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

How Medicare Might End Surprise Nursing Care Penalties

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe for Kaiser Health News Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least three days. The idea behind these experiments is to find out whether new payment arrangements with the hospitals and other health care providers that drop the three-day rule can reduce costs or keep them the same …