Aging

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PUMPING IRONY: My Achilles Heel

When I decided to get back on the basketball court a few weeks ago, my main concerns involved sprained ankles, blown-out knees, dislocated fingers and minor heart attacks. I had no idea that my Achilles tendons would capture so much of my attention.

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PUMPING IRONY: Playing the Lottery

The old colonoscopy debate was renewed again last week, when researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York released a report claiming that the popular screening method (in which pre-cancerous polyps are removed from the colon) cut colorectal cancer–related deaths by 53 percent. The results, according to cancer researchers, prove that colonoscopies save lives.... Read more »

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PUMPING IRONY: How to Grow Old

I’m not the kind of guy who regularly visits the doctor, but if I were and if I lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., I’d look up Nortin Hadler, MD. Hadler is a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. He’s also... Read more »

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PUMPING IRONY: Danger Signs?

I had an interesting revelation last week. After a long absence, I headed downstairs to the gym after work on Tuesday and dragged myself through about a 45-minute workout, including a stint on my old nemesis, the Elliptical Death Machine, and a trip to The Pit, where I got reacquainted with some heavy (for me) iron.

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PUMPING IRONY: Welcome Winter

Two of my three brothers have fled the Great North Country already this fall — one to the Gulf Coast of Florida, the other to the desert of Arizona — and the other one will be heading to the Sunshine State in his RV in less than a month. All in a feverish attempt to avoid our four-month adventure called winter. I'm not the most compassionate guy in the room, but I gotta say I feel sorry for them.

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PUMPING IRONY: A Breakthrough

You know, just when you think you're backsliding on your workout routine, sometimes a breakthrough just comes out of nowhere. That's how things went for me this week. I'm going to say that it's just a way that the universe is telling to me to hang in there.