"About 37 million Americans snore, making grunting, whistling, choking, snorting, and/or buzz-saw-like sounds on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The bothersome noises occur when a person's airway narrows or is partly blocked during sleep, often because of nasal congestion, floppy tissue, alcohol, or enlarged tonsils, says Consumer Reports."
"Ice cream is one of America’s most popular desserts, reports Consumer Reports. Almost 90% of people surveyed by the market research firm Mintel said they had purchased it in the previous six months. As a cool finale to a Memorial Day cookout or a special sidekick to go with apple pie, it’s hard to beat. For health-conscious eaters, though, the high fat, sugars, and calorie counts prevent ice cream from being a regular snack, even during the dog days of summer."
"It’s natural to worry about losing your vision. After all, according to Consumer Reports, three of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. (cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration) all become more common as we age. But some drug, supplement, and lens makers, and even some doctors, take advantage of that fear, recommending treatments that are expensive, unnecessary, and even risky."
"Got itchy eyes and an alternately stuffy and runny nose? Feeling like allergy season seems to start earlier and end later? It's true that due to climate change, there's more pollen in the air, and for a longer time, than there used to be, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the Environmental Protection Agency. (In the past, pollen season ran from April to mid-October. Now, depending on where you live, it can linger from February to November.) And pollen counts are expected to double by 2040, notes AAAAI."
"In honor of National Frozen Food Day, Consumer Reports asked dietitians to share some pros and cons of frozen foods: products worth stocking your freezer with and pitfalls to avoid."
"Exposure to loud noise can certainly damage your hearing. But increasingly, scientists are finding that too much noise can take a toll on our health in other ways. Here, how our loud world can can affect you, plus what you can do to protect yourself, according to Consumer Reports."
"Nutritionists advise preparing more of your meals at home, and for good reason: Doing so raises the nutritional quality of your diet, according to Consumer Reports. Studies have shown that home cooking fans may get more fruits and vegetables and less sodium and unhealthy fats than those who dine out, or do take out, frequently. And they tend to weigh less and have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, too."
"Regular exercise is probably the best prescription for healthy aging, reports Consumer Reports. But fewer than 1 in 5 adults 65 or older gets the minimum recommended amount."
"According to a recent online survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MDVIP, a national network of primary care doctors who focus on delivering personalized medicine, patient-centered medicine and preventive care, nearly nine in ten adults say that if they were to experience a heart attack tomorrow, it would make them feel anxious about their future health (89%) and concerned about having another heart attack (88%)."
"Planned knee and hip replacement procedures continue to climb in cost and volume, particularly among younger Americans, according to a review of medical claims data from 2010–2017 by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Knee replacements are up by 17% and hip replacements are up 33 percent. Costing more than $25 billion in 2017, planned orthopedic surgeries account for 47% of total orthopedic spending, reflecting a 44% increase since 2010. During the same time period, the average price of knee and hip procedures increased by 6% and 5% respectively."
"More than nine in in ten (92%) adults over the age of 65 who have Medicare coverage say that it is important to them that their health plan offers programs/resources that support physical health (physical activity programs, weight loss, nutrition, etc.) and nearly as many (86%) say the same thing about having access to programs/resources that support emotional health (stress management programs, counseling, etc.), according to Ipsos. Two thirds also stress the importance of having a health plan that offers social connectedness (68%) or financial health (67%) programs/resources, though at least a third nevertheless say these are important to them."
"One in three people involved in electric scooter accidents require treatment for injuries at an emergency room, according to a new study by the University of California, Los Angeles, which also found that few riders wear a helmet, reports Consumer Reports."