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Wednesday

Wymon Johnson, poses for a portrait at his residence in Bakersfield, Calif. Johnson is currently renting a room from a friend while he is waiting for long term housing through the Kern County Housing Authority. Alyson Aliano for NPR/Alyson Aliano hide caption

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Monday

A large new study shows people who bike have less knee pain and arthritis than those who do not. PamelaJoeMcFarlane/Getty Images hide caption

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Like to bike? Your knees will thank you and you may live longer, too

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Wednesday

Low-dose estrogen can be taken orally, but it's also now available in patches, gels and creams. svetikd/Getty Images hide caption

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Hormones for menopause are safe, study finds. Here's what changed

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Monday

Climbing stairs is a good way to get quick bursts of aerobic exercise, says cardiologist Dr. Carlin Long. lingqi xie/Getty Images hide caption

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Elevator or stairs? Your choice could boost longevity, study finds

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Saturday

Wednesday

The Biden administration is establishing new standards for how much time each day a nursing home resident gets direct care from a nurse or an aide. picture alliance/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

No matter how old you are, having a happy birthday is one of life's great pleasures, says Tamar Hurwitz-Fleming, author of How to Have a Happy Birthday. Click here to download this cake-shaped zine to print and fold at home — the back has helpful birthday tips. Zine by Malaka Gharib/NPR; Photo illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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This cake-shaped zine may help you have your happiest birthday yet

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Monday

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A cheap drug may slow down aging. A study will determine if it works

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Monday

After using the Lenire device for an hour each day for 12 weeks, Victoria Banks says her tinnitus is "barely noticeable." David Petrelli/Victoria Banks hide caption

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Got tinnitus? A device that tickles the tongue helps this musician find relief

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Monday

One of the cells in the Transitional Care Unit at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights. Caroline Yang for NPR hide caption

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The U.S. prison population is rapidly graying. Prisons aren't built for what's coming

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Strength training is good for everyone, but women who train regularly get a significantly higher boost in longevity than men. Gary Yeowell/Getty Images hide caption

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Women who do strength training live longer. How much is enough?

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Thursday

Dr. Louise Aronson, a geriatrician and author, speaks with a patient at UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Health in San Francisco. Julia Burns hide caption

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Ageism in health care is more common than you might think, and it can harm people

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Sunday

A plant-based diet is not just good for your health, it's good for the planet. Alexander Spatari/Getty Images hide caption

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This diet swap can cut your carbon footprint and boost longevity

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Thursday

Hurricane Irene caused enormous damage in New York state, flooding homes like this one in Prattsville, NY, in 2011. Major weather events like Irene send people to the hospital and can even contribute to deaths for weeks after the storms. Monika Graff/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Cognitive neuroscientist Charan Ranganath says the human brain isn't programmed to remember everything. Rather, it's designed to "carry what we need and to deploy it rapidly when we need it." Bulat Silvia/iStock / Getty Images Plus hide caption

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When is forgetting normal — and when is it worrisome? A neuroscientist weighs in

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