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Health Essentials brings together AARP's health experts and columnists to keep you up to date on the latest wellness trends, brain health, Medicare and hearing news.

Patricia Barry

Elizabeth Agnvall

Katherine Bouton

Patricia Barry - AARP Everywhere

Patricia Barry

An authority on Medicare and Prescription Part B, she is the writer of Ask Ms. Medicare and author of 'Medicare for Dummies'.

A Must Read

'Medicare for Dummies' conveys the basics and where to find assistance to help you get the most out of Medicare

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Health Tools

Use our health tools to check symptoms, control weight and identify pills

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BMI Calculator

How healthy is your weight? Find out now by calculating your body mass index

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Quick, Healthy Meals

Check out these creative approaches to preparing great food

Cleaner Air Could Be Better for Your Brain

Emerging research links improved air quality to reduced dementia risks

    

Expanding Medicare Could Help Reduce Health Disparities

New study finds that coverage gaps for Blacks and Hispanics narrow at age 65

STD Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia are rising for older people

Why Summer Colds Are Spiking This Year

If you're not sneezing and sniffling already, experts say you may be soon. What's behind the surge?

Need Help? Discover AARP Community Connections

This website links volunteers with those in need in their communities

This Is What a Breakthrough COVID Infection Feels Like

Here's what symptoms were like and what experts say you should know

What Football Star Tom Brady Eats in a Day

Here's how the NFL's winningest player eats for excellence at age 44

CDC Urges Vaccinated to Mask Up Indoors

The agency also recommends face masks for all school teachers and students

Listeria Fears Prompt Whole Foods Cheddar Cheese Recall

Affected cheeses sold under Cahill brand at 44 stores in 22 states

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Diabetes

Should You Take Metformin Despite the Recalls?

Experts explain the back-and-forth on this popular diabetes drug

Desserts for People With Diabetes

From chocolate to chia pudding, which treats to try if you’re watching your blood sugar

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes in Patients?

Researchers are working to understand surprising diagnoses in some hospitalized patients

Telehealth

How to Get Started With Telemedicine

We take you through setting up an appointment

Medicare Telehealth Use Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

1 in 4 beneficiaries 'saw' medical provider remotely

How to Connect With Your Doctor Virtually

Tips for using a smartphone, tablet or computer

Healthy Living

5 Ways to Be Happier Now

Expert tips to bring more meaning and joy to your daily life — starting today

7 Superfoods You Should Be Eating After 50

These standouts can keep you healthy as nutritional needs change with age


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