Good Conversation Can Boost Brain Power, Study Finds

General Health
As I've grown older, I've become fonder of sitting and just having conversation with dear friends. I'm privileged to participate in an authors' group that meets every couple of weeks just to chat. And now, along comes some data showing that thinking skills seem to improve with friendly chats, but not from competitive discussions. So, maybe Paul, Al, Jerry, and Larry are making me smarter!?!? Here are the details from HealthDay News: Friendly discussions with other people can help you solve common life challenges, but conversations that are competitive in tone aren't helpful, finds a new study. "This study shows that simply talking to other people, the way you do when you're making friends, can provide mental benefits," lead author Oscar Ybarra, a psychologist and researcher at the Institute for…
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Five ways your cell phone could save your life

General Health
Whether you own a BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, or just a cell phone, there are applications and other tools you can use to turn your device into a safety tool. Here are a few suggestions from CNN: 1. Program your cell so people can find you Cell phone apps can save your life. If you're lying unconscious somewhere, how would anyone locate you? Verizon, Sprint and AT&T all have locators where you can find members of your family. In addition, you can do a search on iTunes for applications that use your smartphone's GPS to let you know where you are. 2. Put your "in case of emergency" contact into your cell phone The trick here is to put your "ICE" information into your cell in as big and obvious a way…
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Vitamin E consumption for stroke prevention may be harmful

Men's Health, Woman's Health
In a past blog I told you, "... a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements — including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E — don’t do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” Also, I said, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” Now there's some evidence of harm, at least with vitamin E. Bloomberg News reports, "Taking vitamin E supplements doesn't reduce the risk of stroke, and may even be harmful, an analysis of previous research found." Vitamin E "raised the risk of a severe type of stroke by 22…
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