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PUMPING IRONY: It’s Your Move

By Craig Cox

The vast majority of older adults prefer to stay in their own home as they age, but a recent survey suggests most of us haven’t done the necessary planning to age in place. Thankfully, there are plenty of companies that make the relocation process more palatable.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Pressure Is On

By Craig Cox

A new study casts doubt on the accuracy of blood-pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office — flawed data that often leads to unnecessary prescriptions and procedures. Some notable cardiologists are pushing for more effective options.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Long and the Short of It

By Craig Cox

The longevity industry once touted lengthy telomeres as the key to a long life. Turns out that theory doesn’t quite measure up.

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PUMPING IRONY: When Cancer Strikes, Start Moving

By Craig Cox

While conventional wisdom tells us that we should rest and recover when cancer strikes, recent research suggests regular exercise may offer more benefits.

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PUMPING IRONY: Losing Teeth, Losing Hope

By Craig Cox

While government efforts to expand dental coverage for Medicare beneficiaries have fallen short, a new study describes how that lack of access affects U.S. seniors.

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PUMPING IRONY: To Think Better as You Age, Think Positive

By Craig Cox

Previous research has shown how maintaining a positive attitude toward aging may enhance your health. A new study suggests it may even help seniors recover lost cognitive function.

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PUMPING IRONY: Unassisted

By Craig Cox

Chafing at what they view as inadequate government reimbursements, assisted-living facilities in recent months have been evicting Medicaid beneficiaries at a disturbing rate. The consequences for the industry are negligible; for the low-income seniors, they can be tragic.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Big Chill

By Craig Cox

Cold is having a moment among longevity researchers, who argue that we should embrace a little shivering in order to extend our lifespan. My own experience suggests their theories may get a chilly reception.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Disease of Disconnection

By Craig Cox

While physical frailty among seniors has been well documented, recent research suggests that social frailty may be even more prevalent — and lead to similar health issues.

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PUMPING IRONY: Java Jive?

By Craig Cox

The latest news on the coffee front promises no end of salutary benefits for diehard bean lovers — if you don’t mind a little sleep deprivation and some heart palpitations.

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PUMPING IRONY: When Artificial Intelligence Overrules the Real Thing

By Craig Cox

Medicare Advantage insurers are increasingly using algorithms rather than actual medical reports to justify controversial denials of coverage. The effects on patients can be devastating.

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PUMPING IRONY: Swamped?

By Craig Cox

Seniors living in “food swamps” — communities dominated by convenience stores, fast-food outlets, and other purveyors of unhealthy fare — may be more susceptible to strokes, according to a new study. Call me skeptical.

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PUMPING IRONY: Worrisome Advice?

By Craig Cox

Anxiety disorders are pervasive among the Medicare set, so why is the government counseling doctors to screen only younger patients?

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PUMPING IRONY: Every Breath You Take

By Craig Cox

While air quality nationwide has improved markedly since the turn of the century, recent research highlights the cognitive damage that even low levels of pollution can exact on the aging brain.

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PUMPING IRONY: Take Two Bean Sprouts and Call Me in the Morning

By Craig Cox

More than a half century after health-food activists began promoting the notion that food is medicine, public and private initiatives are finally taking shape. But formidable obstacles — some political, some institutional, and some purely personal — loom on the horizon.

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PUMPING IRONY: Eat Less, Live Longer?

By Craig Cox

The latest longevity research suggests that calorie restriction may slow the pace of aging, but questions about the design of these types of studies — and the threat of sparking eating disorders — muddle its conclusions.

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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: 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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