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July 27, 2019

The Health Benefits of Church
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A health researcher says attending religious services more than once a week could extend your lifespan by over 30 percent. Is this something you doctor should know? Then, smartphones are great for keeping in touch, but there may be downsides, such as restlessness and lack of focus. You’ll hear the results of a recent study.
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Go to Church, Live Longer
Those who attend church services on a regular basic may receive more than just spiritual benefits—they may live longer. Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University led a study that found that women who went to church more than once a week had a 33% lower risk of dying, compared to those who never went. He talked about the potential reasons behind the finding. He said it is conceivable in the future that doctors routinely ask about church attendance during medical checkups.
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Your Smartphone and ADHD
Smartphones have become part of everyday life. Kostadin Kushlev, PhD, psychology research scientist, University of Virginia led a study that found that the increasingly pervasive use of digital technology may be causing ADHD-like symptoms even among the general population. He explained why being separated from a smartphone may cause people to experience distraction, difficulty focusing and getting bored easily when trying to focus.
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Almonds and Brain Health
Carl Cotman, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Director of the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia, University of California, Irvine explained the results of new research into brain health for seniors. The study found that eating almonds, engaging in exercise and participating in brain-stimulating activities can keep aging brain cells in shape. This may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
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