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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: Forever Young?

By Craig Cox
The latest revelations from a leader in the antiaging industry promise a treatment that could dial back the years, perhaps extending our lifespans indefinitely. But is the goal a longer life or something even more elusive?
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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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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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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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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: 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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PUMPING IRONY: The Postmortem Muddle

By Craig Cox
While the Federal Trade Commission works to tighten regulations on the funeral industry, which often uses obscure pricing policies to prey on grief-stricken mourners, seniors like me need to start thinking more seriously about how we want to be laid to rest.
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PUMPING IRONY: Movement and Memory

By Craig Cox
Physical activity has long been shown to improve cognitive function, but a new study suggests we may be able to modify our workouts to boost specific types of memory.
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PUMPING IRONY: A Harsh Light

By Craig Cox
All the time we spend staring at screens could be shortening our lifespan, according to a new study. We do have options, though returning to the typewriter is not one of them.
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PUMPING IRONY: Zapped!

By Craig Cox
Can we cure dementia by zapping our brains with electrical currents? Some enterprising researchers would certainly like us to think so.
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PUMPING IRONY: Working on Purpose

By Craig Cox
I’ve discovered plenty of good reasons for postponing retirement and continuing to pursue purposeful work, but a new study suggests I may have overlooked an important one: It could help prevent a stroke.
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PUMPING IRONY: A Tough Pill to Swallow

By Craig Cox
The Inflation Reduction Act will make some prescription drugs much more affordable for strapped Medicare beneficiaries. But will it deepen our dependence on Big Pharma?
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PUMPING IRONY: Class and Cognition

By Craig Cox
A new study suggests that people mired in low-wage jobs for long periods of time may suffer cognitive decline earlier in life than those favored with a more affluent life. My checkered career leaves me wondering where I stand.
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PUMPING IRONY: Too Busy to Calm Down?

By Craig Cox
Struggling with a stressful workload in recent weeks, I’m struck by new research describing how chronic stress can accelerate the aging of our immune systems. So, why am I avoiding a proven stress-relief practice?
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