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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 …

Don’t Rush: Long, Slow Walks Cut Stroke Risk

Posted on 11/18/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf a new British study is right, slow and steady wins the (health) race for older men trying to lower their risk of stroke. According to researchers, it wasn’t how fast the men walked, but how long and how often they walked. Long daily strolls were much more important than short brisk walks. In the study of  3,435 men ages 60 to 80, researchers found that walking for an hour or two a day (or eight to 14 hours a …

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, …

Questions Raised About Some Health Screenings

Posted on 10/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jenny Gold, Correspondent, Kaiser Health News This KHN story was produced in collaboration with National Public Radio. Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It’s not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening. “I’m getting ready to turn 50 sooner than I’d like to say, and just thought it was a good time to get an overall …

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 …

Buying Arthritis Supplements Online? A Warning

Posted on 10/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBuying 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 …