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Cognitive Fitness GEMs
Exercise GEMs
Diet GEMs
General GEMs
Republished Peer-reviewed GEMs
Information GEMs
Fun GEMs
Technical GEMs
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RESEARCH 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 Does Being a Bookworm Boost Your Brainpower in Old Age?

o (In brain training programs) Placebo Effect Largely Ignored in Psychological Intervention Studies


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 **Exercise GEMS


o Exercise Can Reduce Stroke Risk
 
o People With Pre-Diabetes Who Drop Substantial Weight May Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes


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 **Diet GEMS


o Prostate (and breast) Cancers Are Fewer, Smaller On Walnut-Enriched Diet

o Location of Body Fat Can Elevate Heart Disease, Cancer Risk
 
o Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Increased Prostate Cancer Risk Confirmed
 
o Fatty Acids Found in Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
 
o How Cranberries Impact Infection-Causing Bacteria (urinary tract infections)
 
o People With Pre-Diabetes Who Drop Substantial Weight May Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

o People Who Eat Nuts (particularly walnuts) More Than Three Times a Week Have Reduced Risk of Dying from Cancer or Cardiovascular Disease


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 **General GEMS


o Physical Inactivity, Poor Diet and Smoking Linked to Disability in Older Population

o Vaccinated Children: A Powerful Protection for Older Adults
 
o Tobacco Control Policies Stop People from Smoking and Save Lives, Study Finds
 
o Older women who quit smoking can cut heart disease risk regardless of diabetes status
 
o News coverage of female politicians focuses on personality, males on the issues
 
o Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Accelerated Aging of Bones


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 ** Republished this month, not peer-reviewed


o The Dark Side of Artificial Sweeteners: Expert Reviews Negative Impact
 
o Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol May Significantly Cut Heart Disease Risk
 
o Undiagnosed Pre-Diabetes Highly Prevalent in Early Alzheimer's Disease Study


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INFORMATION GEMS


o Knowing your blood pressure is important because if it’s too high, it can put you at risk for serious diseases such as heart attack and stroke. See what normal blood pressure is, and find out what the blood pressure numbers mean.

o HOWTO: Buy a New Computer: A Bob Rankin brief, non-geeky guide.
 
o Privacy a quaint 20th Century notion? The world’s highest resolution camera can bring back video details of exactly where you were several days ago, from 5 km (3 miles) above. (ty Maggie Hamblin Australia)
 
o Can exercise and physical activity protect the brain? A tip sheet.
 
o Spicing Up Food Can Make Up for Missing Fat
 
o Does Being a Bookworm Boost Your Brainpower in Old Age?
 
o Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol May Significantly Cut Heart Disease Risk


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FUN GEMS


o Music aficionados perhaps you will be reminded of how your love for the classics was triggered by Peter Sellers    

o Husband of the year awards (ty Maggie Hamblin Australia)  

o The philosophy of ambiguity. (Great one liners for your newsletter). (ty Phil McBride Australia) 

o Thanks David Wilson Australia for the following 2 GEMs

  * 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  * An extremely clever and potentially addictive game to hone your geography (and thinking skills).

o Thanks Gizmos Best Freeware for the following 2 GEMs
 
  * This Web Service Streams Music "Scientifically Designed to Help You Concentrate". You can listen for up to 100 minutes at a time for free, with no registration required. And there's no ads either.

  * Great street art


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TECHNICAL GEMS


o PC users might take a quick look at the following tutorial in case they ever need step by step instructions on How to Do a Clean Install of Windows Without Losing Your Files, Settings, and Tweaks (Thanks LifeHacker via Gizmo)

o You’ve had to reformat your hard drive or you’ve transferred all data to another computer: Reactivate Windows 7 by phone – a tutorial. (Note Microsoft software recognises the hardware signature of the original computer and will not start with your new copy until officially reactivated.)
 
o Quick guide to which cable to use/buy for TV, computer etc. (ty YourLifeChoices)

o Thanks Ask Leo for the following 2 GEMs

  * Three tips to make Windows 8 less annoying

  * The best anti-spyware, anti-virus ... and dancing bunnies?

o Thanks Gizmos Best Freeware for the following 2 GEMs

  * Are you concerned about all the tracking of what we do via Google etc on the internet?  Based in the Netherlands, StartPage uses Google for your searches but they act as a protective layer between you and Google. They say they are not subject to Government snooping

  * How to Reduce the Size of Image Files and keep them in your preferred format so that they still work with your favourite image viewer or slideshow utility

o Thanks Bob Rankin for the following 5 GEMs (scroll down Bob’s articles for reader comments)

  * Unlocking Your Cell Phone. Another comprehensive primer plus useful info for overseas travellers and avoiding the international roaming trap.

  * Rootkits: Evil, Nasty and Sneaky!

  * Are You Being Fingerprinted Online?

  * Free Troubleshooting Tools for Windows. If things go wrong with Windows, it can be difficult to track down the source of the glitch. Recommended free troubleshooters you can use to fix most problems.

  * Dual Monitors: Six Good Reasons to Upgrade

o Thanks Data Doctors for the following 3 GEMs

  * Security: What Hackers Can See via Public WiFi.  You know that eavesdroppers can capture information travelling over those networks but nothing gets the point across as effectively as seeing the snooping in action! Here it is.

  * Ten best multifunction printers. PCMag.com recently generated their top 10 report complete with an excellent comparison chart with cost per page to help you make the most informed decision.

  * Tips for Photographing Fireworks.


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