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Don’t Fall! Tips for Staying Safe in Icy Conditions

Posted on 01/3/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSlips and falls during the winter months are all too common, say the orthopedists who take care of all the bone breaks, muscle tears and sprains that happen this season. And now that the Northeast has been hammered with a monster storm, it’s even more important for older folks to be careful about falling or suffering injuries while shoveling snow. Keep in mind that 11,500 people are sent to the emergency room each year with snow-shoveling injuries, and those 55 …

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 …

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 …

Want to Live Longer? Mowing the Lawn Helps

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNot a big fan of exercising at the gym or in a class? No problem! You can get similar health benefits from gardening, mowing the lawn or housework, says a new study of nearly 4,000 60-year-olds. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Researchers in Sweden wanted to see if older adults who didn’t do typical exercise but who led physically active lives doing other things would reap similar health benefits. They followed healthy 60-year-olds, who were from Stockholm, …

Can Achy Joints Really Predict the Weather?

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMy grandma swore by her arthritic knee. When it throbbed, she said it meant the weather was about to change. My husband, on the other hand, maintains he can predict rain because the incoming weather front gives him a headache. Is there any truth to these claims? Can the change in weather pressure really trigger physical pain? The Wall Street Journal recently tackled this subject by asking scientists if there was some factual evidence behind all the tales of weather-related …

Rx for Heart Disease: Take 2 Walks and Call Me in the Morning

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA major new study finds that exercise is as good — or in some cases better — than prescription drugs in protecting against future heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard and Stanford universities, is among a very few trials that have directly compared an exercise regimen with medication. Researchers compared their effectiveness for patients with heart disease, heart failure and pre-type 2 diabetes, and recovering from stroke. Get discounts on Health and Wellness products …