Latest quality-of-life research and computer/Internet hints and tips. Previous newsletters are in the GEMs archive.   
Hi  <<Preferred Name>>, Here's your November 2013 issue    forward to a friend


Cognitive Fitness GEMs
Exercise GEMs
Diet GEMs
General GEMs
Republished Peer-reviewed GEMs
Information GEMs
Fun GEMs
Technical GEMs


Links to brief, readable research summaries, published in the last 30 days, that may help to improve your quality-of-life

**Cognitive Fitness GEMs

o How to Stay Sharp in Retirement
o Lower Blood Sugars May Be Good for the Brain


 **Exercise GEMS

o Moderate Exercise Not Only Treats, but Prevents Depression

o Leisure-Time Exercise Could Lower Your Risk of High Blood Pressure

o Doctors Should Routinely Evaluate Patients' Physical Activity Habits

o DIY, Gardening Can Cut Heart Attack/Stroke Risk by 30 Percent, Prolong Life for Seniors


 **Diet GEMS

o Halloween Candy Spooks Aging Digestive Systems

o High Dietary Intake of Polyphenols Are Associated With Longevity

o Link Found Between High-Fat, High-Calorie Diet and Pancreas Cancer

o Coffee Consumption Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer, Analysis Suggests


 **General GEMS

o Sleep Is Critical to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

o When Neurons Have Less to Say, They Speak Up

o Flu Vaccine Associated With Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Events

o Untangling Alzheimer's Disease


 ** Republished this month, not peer-reviewed

*o* Important new information for men. Organized Screening for Prostate Cancer Does More Harm Than Good

o Exercise 'Potentially as Effective' as Many Drugs for Common Diseases

o Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp

o Boost Your Immune System, Shake Off Stress by Walking in the Woods

o Falls Don’t Have to Be Part of Getting Older

o Yoga Practice Beneficial to Patients With COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

o Electronic Cigarettes Should Be Treated Like Tobacco



*o* It is important to consider safety before using any complementary health approach. Safety of Natural Products

o Problems hearing? See what treatments are available. Hearing loss can get worse, but if identified early, it can be helped through treatment.

o What are some treatments for breast cancer?

o Here’s a helpful site for quick information on the best adhesive to use when bonding different materials to each other (ty Gizmo).



o New health warning on Cadbury’s chocolate (ty David Wilson, Australia)

o Coffee gives you a lift in many ways. A Japanese barista is also a talented artist (ty Phil McBride, Australia)  



o Bloated software like Adobe Reader is a constant target of hackers. Try Foxit Reader instead.

o Thanks Ask Leo for the following GEM

  * You just bought your second computer. Perhaps you purchased a new laptop, a tablet, a new machine for your spouse, or maybe just another machine for yourself. Perhaps you just want to connect your smartphone via Wi-Fi when you're at home to reduce the usage of your mobile data plan. *(Ed - This a very good primer which explains the basics of home networks in non-technical language.)  

o Thanks Gizmos Best Freeware for the following 3 GEMs

  * This Stunning Online Publishing System Is Currently Free To Use (hint of charges in the future)

  * This site provides users with a wide assortment of earlier versions of current software for free. Most are for Windows (going back to Windows 95) but there are sections for Macintosh and Linux too.  

  * This Elegant To-Do List Manager Includes Windows And Web Sync

o Thanks Bob Rankin for the following 6 GEMs (scroll down Bob’s articles for reader comments)

  * Here are two excellent Bob Rankin summaries of tools for Windows that you should know about. (Ed. File the articles away for future reference.)
Essential Addons for Windows and;

  * ... Essential Addons for Windows PART DEUX

  * The "clean and optimize your PC" field has been crowded for years with many free programs.  PrivaZer leaves them all gasping in its dust. “My laptop’s performance is snappier than when it first came out of the box.”  

  * Tech Support House Call. (Ed: - Bookmark this page. It has all the steps that the average experienced computer user can try in order to rectify “serious” computer malfunctions that may occur in the future.) 

  * Microsoft Security Essentials: EPIC FAIL. MSE is not even close to the best, and it appears that it's never going to get better.

  * Save Time and Money with Alternatives to Printing


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