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Stuck In The Middle: Work, Health And Happiness At Midlife

Forget About It: Your Middle-Aged Brain Is Not On The Decline

You forget someone's name, or why you ran downstairs. Your brain is getting older, and the connections are weakening. But research shows the middle-aged brain is actually operating at its peak.

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To Quit Smoking, It's Best To Go Cold Turkey

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Quittin' Time Erik Deutsch
Chasin' Yourself Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Achieving Oneness Lanterna
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When it comes to chronic pain relief, the CDC is asking doctors and patients to think about alternatives to opioids. Robin Nelson/Zumapress.com/Corbis hide caption

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CDC Has Advice For Primary Care Doctors About Opioids

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Crisis Groove Collective
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Former Houston Rockets basketball player Yao Ming arrived at China's Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on March 3. Many prominent Chinese figures take part, though delegates lack real power. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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China's Legislative Session: Many Stars, But Little Power

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Many Chinas Mark Isham
Pepe' Linque Oregon
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Achievement Unlocked: Google AlphaGo A.I. Wins Go Series, 4-1

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Crash Point Ben Vaughn
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Cool Weasel Boogie Chick Corea
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Down Slow Moby
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Splanky Jimmy McGriff
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Forget About It: Your Middle-Aged Brain Is Not On The Decline

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Planxty Wilder William Coulter
Two Teachers Claudia Quintet
Thinly Vieled Threat Jon Durant
Second Handy Motion Steve Swallow

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Have 5 Hours To Spare? See Bolaño's Epic '2666' Onstage

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Shaky Pudding Jesse Morrison
Vague, Var. Anouar Brahem
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