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October 2006 Archives

A kinder, gentler colonoscopy?

A co-worker's been asking a lot of personal questions lately. See, he's reached a certain age, too. An age when the medical industry seems to take a sudden interest in you — especially what's inside you.

The industry develops this overwhelming need to probe your inner depths, put you through all kinds of tests, just to make sure you'll be around long enough to eventually cost the system a fortune.

Now, most of these tests are a snap for the average person. Not so for those of us who get light-headed even looking at a picture of anything that — in the hands of a doctor — could be used to mess with the way nature meant your body to be.

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Confessions of a middle-aged pace bunny

It's not easy being a rabbit. Probably should have done a little more research before I volunteered to lead a group of runners who wanted to finish last weekend's Toronto Marathon at a certain pace.

Thought I could do it in three hours and 30 minutes, which is substantially slower than my best marathon time.

Turns out, I was a flop as a bunny.

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A fitting way to age

If you are terrified at the thought of spending your final days in a nursing home—unable to manage much more than counting floor tiles—you might want to pick up the latest issue of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

It practically screams out, "Get fit before you get old!"

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