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PUMPING IRONY: Growing Pains

By Craig Cox
A fraught battle with our 4-year-old grandson over screen time has forced Grandma and Grandpa to admit that his customary weekly visits may now hold less allure for him — and us — than they once did.
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PUMPING IRONY: Meddling With Medicare

By Craig Cox
For reasons both political and pecuniary, attempts to expand Medicare benefits have always been a tough sell, despite the rising demands of an aging population. As Congress prepares to give it another shot, I’m hedging my bets.
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What Is a Healthy Menstrual Cycle?

By Aviva Romm, MD
The menstrual cycle holds many clues to a woman’s overall health. Here’s how to identify what’s normal for you — and when to seek help.
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PUMPING IRONY: Vision Quest

By Craig Cox
At a time when impaired vision among the senior set is beginning to alarm some public-health experts, a surprising change in my own eyesight has me scrambling to get a better view of things.
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Green-Tea Lovers May Live Longer

By Craig Cox
Drinking green tea at least three times a week is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, according to recent research.
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PUMPING IRONY: Foul Air, Faulty Brain

By Craig Cox
Raging wildfires and other sources of airborne pollution are threatening more than our respiratory and circulatory systems. New research is strengthening the link between air quality and dementia.
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PUMPING IRONY: Your Place or Mine?

By Craig Cox
Concerned that they may be called upon to provide full-time caregiving someday if a late-life romance leads to cohabitating, many older couples are choosing to follow their hearts — while maintaining separate residences.
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The Good-Death Movement

By Maggie Fazeli Fard
Death-positivity can help us reframe the end of life.
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PUMPING IRONY: I’m All Ears

By Craig Cox
With my hearing aids on the fritz, I suddenly find myself rooting for scientists seeking a way to genetically manipulate the malfunctioning human ear.
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The Sleep-Memory Connection

By Craig Cox
Quality sleep may help prevent Alzheimer's, according to recent research.
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A Prescription for Action

By Craig Cox
The “deprescribing” movement faces various obstacles as advocates seek to gain some influence amid our drug-happy healthcare system, not the least of which is simply getting your doctor’s attention.
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PUMPING IRONY: The Color of Worry, the Color of Calm

By Craig Cox
If stress can lead to graying hair, can periods of calm reverse the process? Recent research suggests it may have that effect, though my graying locks are probably beyond help.
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PUMPING IRONY: Born to Run?

By Craig Cox
Late-blooming runners are routinely beating veteran racers at the national level, raising questions about the toll decades of training exact on the body — and why we choose to run (or not) in the first place.
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HIIT for Heart Health

By Craig Cox
Interval training improves the transfer of calcium in the heart's cell membranes, according to a recent study.
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PUMPING IRONY: New Hope, Selectively Dispensed

By Craig Cox
The controversy surrounding the FDA’s approval of the first new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly two decades will do little to temper demand by desperate patients and their caregivers. It may also exacerbate racial disparities among those vying for the treatment.
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3 Risky Behaviors for Men’s Health

By Anika Christ, RD, CPT
Plus, solutions to help correct them.
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PUMPING IRONY: Back to the Future

By Craig Cox
Emerging from social isolation, I’m discovering the importance of patience and empathy while gradually reconnecting to friends, family, and an eerily familiar postpandemic world.
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Seeking a Cure for Arthritis

By Craig Cox
Could replacing cartilage be the key to ending arthritic joint pain?
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PUMPING IRONY: The COVID Effect

By Craig Cox
The pandemic has persuaded the U.S. healthcare industry to reimagine some aspects of its operations in ways that may yield significant benefits for the elderly. Will those revelations survive a return to normalcy?
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PUMPING IRONY: Parkinson’s: The Next Pandemic?

By Craig Cox
Cases of the debilitating neurological disease have been surging in recent years and some researchers suggest COVID-19 may accelerate the trend.
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PUMPING IRONY: A “Perfect” Prescription for Growing Old

By Craig Cox
Memories of a former colleague — and recent research — remind me that an upbeat view of aging may pay healthy dividends well into our later years.
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