Latest quality-of-life research and computer/Internet hints and tips. Previous newsletters are in the GEMs archive.   
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Your choices: Your quality-of-life. Links to brief, readable research summaries, published in the last 30 days, that may help to improve your quality-of-life (NB If you read only the first and last paragraphs of each research report you'll normally get the key take-away message.)

Physical Health GEMs

o Cravings for fatty foods traced to gut-brain connection

o Diet change may make biggest impact on reducing heart risk in people with hypertension

o Fish to help in search for MS drugs



Emotional Health GEMS

Towards a better understanding of depression



Social Health GEMS

Replacing social media use with physical activity



Intellectual Health GEMs

o Insomnia increases the likelihood of memory decline in older adults, according to new research

o How the brain focuses on what's in mind



o How to avoid traps when retiring overseas

o Bizarre 'Levanter' cloud billows off Rock of Gibraltar in breath-taking time-lapse video 

o Gold coin hoard worth $300K found beneath kitchen floor in England

o Stone age surgery: Earliest evidence of amputation found 

o Why ‘best before’ dates are not best for your budget

o Can the James Webb Space Telescope really see the past?



o National Mule Day October 26th

o Joy of museums




o Thanks Ask Leo for the following GEMs

- What’s the Best Password Manager in 2022?

- Does CPU Speed Matter Any More?

o Thanks Bob Rankin for the following GEMs (scroll down Bob’s articles for reader comments)

- A Virus Destroyed Your Hard Drive?

- My Near-Perfect Spam Filter

o Thanks Scambusters for the following GEMs

5 scams set to trap ancestry hunters

- The number one way to prevent elder fraud 


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o Pass It On Network - Pathways to resources for positive aging 

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