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Cognitive Fitness GEMs
Exercise GEMs
Diet GEMs
General GEMs
Republished this month, not peer-reviewed
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 Healthy Lifestyle Choices Mean Fewer Memory Complaints

o Memory Improves for Older Adults Using Computerized Brain-Fitness Program

o A 20-Minute Bout of Yoga Stimulates Brain Function Immediately After


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 **Exercise GEMS


o Total Amount of Exercise Important, Not Frequency, Research Shows

o Moderate-Intensity Walking Timed Just Right Might Help Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

o Even Shorter Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Improve Physical Fitness in Inactive Men


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 **Diet GEMS


o Men With Prostate Cancer Should Eat Healthy Vegetable Fats, Study Suggests

o Artificial Sweeteners May Do More Than Sweeten: It Can Affect How the Body Reacts to Glucose

o Vegetable Oil Is Good for You, Experts Say


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 **General GEMS


o Flu Shot Effective Regardless of Circulating Flu Strain, Research Finds

o Calcium and Vitamin D Help Hormones Help Bones

o Four Lifestyle Changes Will Protect Your Heart and Significantly Reduce Your Risk of Death

o Quitting Smoking: Licensed Medications Are Effective

o Older Adult Clumsiness Linked to Brain Changes

o Lab Experiments Question Effectiveness of Green Coffee Bean Weight-Loss Supplements


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 ** Republished this month, not peer-reviewed


o Healthy Habits Die Hard: In Times of Stress, People Lean On Established Routines -- Even Healthy Ones

o Volunteering Reduces Risk of Hypertension in Older Adults

o Weight Loss Improves Memory and Alters Brain Activity in Overweight Women


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INFORMATION GEMS

o 'I am so confused about backups. Do I need to back up everything on my hard drive, or just certain user files? Backup software is complicated and I don't understand all the tech terms that are tossed around...’ Bob Rankin and reader comments (scroll down) will clarify.

o You've probably seen those ads, offering popular electronic gadgets for insanely low prices. These so-called 'penny auction' websites offer products for pennies on the dollar. Penny Auctions: Scam or Legit? A very informative Bob Rankin article for online shoppers.
 
o Inexpensive versatile tablets set to overtake laptops and pcs. (ty LifeChoices)

o Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease involves planning for the future.

o Walking Leads to Better Health for Older Men


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FUN GEMS


o Watch, laugh, learn - a terrific must view video (ty Phil McBride, Australia)

o Thanks David Wilson Australia for the following 3 GEMs

  ** When history sends you a message in a bottle. The *astonishing* power of the Internet! This 14 minute video will intrigue and move most GEMs readers

  ** Coming to a supermarket near you

  ** Baby elephant outing – absolutely will make you smile

o Surely the oldest home movie you’ll ever see! Filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 (ty Maggie Hamblin, Australia)

o Cat on boat meets dolphins (Thanks Greg Waldron, New Zealand)


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TECHNICAL GEMS


o Google glass is no longer a futuristic prospect, it will be arriving to retail shops soon. What might you be able to do with this new technology? (ty Phil McBride, Australia)

o How should I erase my hard drive before I give it away? (Thanks Ask Leo)

o Some simple explanations of the basics of what goes on when you connect your PC to the rest of the world eg what is meant by terms like protocol, IP or port  (Thanks Gizmos Best Freeware)
 
o 'I am so confused about backups. Do I need to back up everything on my hard drive, or just certain user files? Backup software is complicated and I don't understand all the tech terms that are tossed around...’ Bob Rankin and reader comments (scroll down) will clarify.


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