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For the Aging Gut, Change is Good

By Craig Cox

As we age, our microbiomes change — and that might be a good thing. Here’s why.

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8 Ways to Protect Your Vision

By Michael Dregni

Proper nutrition and hydration are just two ways to support eye health.

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PUMPING IRONY: Headed for a Fall

By Craig Cox

Millions of elderly Americans land in the hospital each year after taking a tumble. So why are doctors continuing to prescribe drugs that increase that risk?

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PUMPING IRONY: From Bonus to Busted?

By Craig Cox

Social Security beneficiaries will be getting a hefty cost-of-living raise next year, which may temporarily ease their anxiety over a new report warning of the program’s fast-approaching insolvency.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Honeymoon’s Over

By Craig Cox

With the White House pushing Congress to allow the government to negotiate drug pricing, Big Pharma wonders, Where’s the love?

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PUMPING IRONY: A Smart Choice?

By Craig Cox

Recent research suggests that postponing my retirement might be good for my aging brain.

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Does Face Yoga Actually Help Tone Your Facial Muscles?

By Julie Dulude

Experts weigh in on this anti-aging trend — and offer a few exercises you can try at home.

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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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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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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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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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3 Risky Behaviors for Men’s Health

By Anika Christ, RD, CPT

Plus, solutions to help correct them.

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