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PUMPING IRONY: The Price of Prevention

By Craig Cox
Barely one in three U.S. seniors is vaccinated against shingles, despite their vulnerability to the often-dangerous virus. One reason for their hesitancy became all too clear when I got the bill for my shot.
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PUMPING IRONY: Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something!

By Craig Cox
Sitting may be the new smoking, but recent research suggests that what you happen to be doing while parked in a chair — or on the couch — may mitigate its effect on your aging brain.
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PUMPING IRONY: A Parley With Parkinson’s

By Craig Cox
While I only occasionally wonder whether Parkinson’s awaits me somewhere down the road, recent research provides some calming evidence that lifestyle changes may help keep the disease at bay.
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Live Longer by Increasing Your Exercise Efforts

By Craig Cox
Studies indicate that doubling, and even quadrupling, the government recommendations for exercise can significantly reduce your risk of mortality.
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PUMPING IRONY: Operating Principles

By Craig Cox
U.S. seniors undergo about a million major surgeries every year, often without fully considering the risks. The consequences can be deadly.
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PUMPING IRONY: Just Business as Usual

By Craig Cox
An 18-month congressional investigation turned up plenty of dirt on the FDA’s dealings with Biogen during the agency’s controversial approval of the company’s Alzheimer’s drug, but its recommendations suggest the status quo will likely remain unchanged.
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PUMPING IRONY: “Kinless” but Not Hopeless

By Craig Cox
Growing old without the support of a spouse, children, or siblings can present daunting health challenges, but some who choose that path find it to be more blissful than you might imagine.
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PUMPING IRONY: This Is Your Brain on Junk Food

By Craig Cox
As Big Pharma’s latest Alzheimer’s drug faces renewed skepticism, a new study suggests that avoiding ultraprocessed food may be a more promising approach to maintaining healthy cognitive function as we age.
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PUMPING IRONY: In Hock and Unhealthy

By Craig Cox
A growing proportion of U.S. seniors are struggling with too much debt, and a recent study suggests that it’s making them sick.
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How Are Psychedelics Being Used to Treat Health Issues?

By Craig Cox
Recent studies continue to support the effectiveness of using psychedelics to treat PTSD, OCD, pain relief and more.
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PUMPING IRONY: Why Bother?

By Craig Cox
As the most recent — and virulent — of COVID variants spreads across the country, U.S. seniors have mostly ignored the available boosters. Is it time to increase our vigilance against a pandemic that refuses to retreat?
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How Spirituality Can Improve Health

By Craig Cox
Research indicates that incorporating spirituality into a person's care produces a better chance of recovery.
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PUMPING IRONY: Buyer Beware

By Craig Cox
Medicare scam artists — and the agency’s own complacency — make the annual enrollment season more hazardous than it needs to be.
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Can Prunes Help Improve Bone Density?

By Craig Cox
Prunes are well-known for their ability to help keep us regular. However, recent research indicates prunes may improve bone health in postmenopausal women.
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PUMPING IRONY: You Snooze, You Win?

By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests heavy sleepers like me may avoid cognitive dysfunction and multimorbidity as we age — with some notable caveats.
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PUMPING IRONY: Hopeful Signs for Troubled Ears?

By Craig Cox
Just as cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids finally become widely available, researchers are trumpeting new approaches to hearing loss that may render those devices unnecessary.
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PUMPING IRONY: Screen Test

By Craig Cox
A landmark study suggests that colonoscopies do not reduce the risk of cancer — or mortality — nearly as much as advertised. That’s welcome news for the millions of seniors who, like me, stubbornly avoid the procedure.
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PUMPING IRONY: Drug Dealing

By Craig Cox
The latest miracle cure for Alzheimer’s is likely to receive accelerated approval from the FDA, which benefits as much from the cash that accompanies these requests as Big Pharma does from the agency’s lax standards.
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Can Cultivated Cartilage Help Repair Joints?

By Craig Cox
Some 55 million Americans suffer from joint pain and arthritis. Recent developments, however, offer hope for new ways to deal with this epidemic.
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PUMPING IRONY: Use ’Em or Lose ’Em

By Craig Cox
Arthritic knees often send seniors looking for various surgical solutions, even as recent research — and personal experience — suggests the most reliable remedy may simply involve moving those troublesome joints more frequently.
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Can Exercise Help Me Live Longer?

By Craig Cox
Yes, according to lots of recent research. Here are five key stats.
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