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


Exercise GEMs
Diet GEMs
General GEMs
Published this month, not peer-reviewed
Information GEMs
Fun GEMs
Technical GEMs
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Links to brief, readable research summaries, published in the last 30 days, that may help to improve your quality-of-life

 **Exercise GEMS

o Exercise Can Slow Onset of Alzheimer's Memory Loss: Scientists Identify Link

o For Those Short On Time, Aerobic, Not Resistance, Exercise Is Best Bet for Weight And Fat Loss

o Lose Fat Faster Before Breakfast


 **Diet GEMS

o High Fiber Diet Prevents Prostate Cancer Progression, Study Shows

o Strawberries, Blueberries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women  

o Eating Deep-Fried Food Linked to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer


 **General GEMS

o Major Step Toward an Alzheimer's Vaccine

o Reviewing Alcohol's Effects On Normal Sleep

o When Will We All Live to 100?

o Are Antidepressants Overused?


 **Published this month, not peer-reviewed

o Flu Myths and Legends: Five Common Flu Misconceptions Dispelled

o Hold the Diet Soda? Sweetened Drinks Linked to Depression, Coffee Tied to Lower Risk

o Binge Drinking Can Dramatically Amplify Damage to the Liver



o A “wow” site for those who keep their minds active! These free online courses are run by top universities (ty John Daniels Australia). [Ed note: I'm currently evaluating a calculus course. The video lectures are superior. This free, no strings model is presumably unsustainable but why not sign up to learn something new or brush up old skills before fees/conditions inevitably are introduced!]

o Sleep difficulties? This interesting mini review may increase your understanding of sleep and Alcohol's Effects On Normal Sleep  

o What can be done to relieve insomnia?

o People can get diabetes at any age, but the risk increases as we get older. Symptoms can be so mild that you don’t notice them.

o Many readers have benefitted from Ask Leo’s readable, low-jargon advice. Have a glance at 2012’s Most Visited articles and Most Commented-On articles. Some are sure to tweak your interest.

o Ten early signs of dementia plus informative readers’ comments (ty YourLifeChoices)

o A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked

o China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West – an informative TED talk featuring Martin Jacques that paints western understanding of China as incorrect (ty YourLifeChoices)    

o Here’s possibly the best non-technical description you’ll ever read, of how and why your antivirus and anti-malware programs aren’t infallible

o There are many excellent friendly sites for beginner computer users. Here’s one a parent/friend might be comfortable with (thanks Fiona Blake,Australia).

o Windows 8 looks totally different from previous versions of Windows and is bound to cause frustration and difficulties at first. Have a look at this brief video and friendly overview to get an idea of some of the changes before you’re eventually forced to upgrade.

o You've tried it, given it a fair shake, but Windows 8 just isn't for you. You want to go back. ASKLeo explains. [Ed note: It’s becoming more difficult to buy a new computer without Windows 8. If you’re an older person using your computer simply as a routine tool, or you're teaching computers to older persons it may be best to delay using Windows 8 for a few months until we’ve found and reviewed friendly, free *self-paced* Windows 8 tutorials.]



o Thanks David Wilson Australia for the following 3 GEMs

  * The Austerity All Stars present – Bugger the bankers – the official video

  * Comedy juggler – great for a laugh
  * The best pictures yet of the inside of the space station. This is outstanding. Watch the first 20 seconds and you’ll be hooked on the rest!  

o Puns for educated minds – great for your newsletters (ty Phil McBride Australia)  

o What Lutherans do with their beer bottles. Brilliant. (ty Claire Eglinton, Australia)

o Driving Reaction Test For Older People. We're all great drivers. Here's a fun test to check your average reaction time.You'll be surprised at how slow you really are. (ty Phil McBride Australia)

o Ramen Bowl with built-in iPhone dock lets busy Japanese video chat with friends while slurping their noodles (thanks Bob Rankin)



o Failing eyesight and tiny print on tiny screens is a major impediment to smart phone usage by older people. The phablet may be the right solution (ty Phil McBride Australia)

o Thanks Ask Leo for the following 2 GEMs

  * Unfortunately, the new tiled Start screen leaves many with a very negative first impression of Windows 8 - a first impression that then goes on to color their entire Windows 8 experience. Classic Shell is a free set of software that gives you your favorite start menu back, as well as restoring and adding functionality to both Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.   

  * Should I disable Java, and if so, how?

o Thanks Gizmos Best Freeware for the following 3 GEMs

  * Why pay for Microsoft Office when there is so much great freeware available? Almost every user will find a free option in this review, well suited to their personal needs.  

  * 14 Ways to Make Good Use of Your Old Computer Again

  * Links To Thousands Of Free Kindle Downloads On Amazon with Freebook Sifter

o Thanks Bob Rankin for the following 2 GEMs (scroll down Bob’s articles for reader comments)

  * It does seem unfair... you paid for those songs and now you can't play them outside of the iTunes environment on hardware not supported by Apple. Convert iTunes to MP3  

  * Is Java Safe and Do I Need It?


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