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Drinking alcohol more important than exercise for living past 90, study says

Cheers to life — seriously.<p>When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study.<p>The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of …

Popular diet doesn't only reduce hypertension, but risk of depression as well, per study

The popular Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet was created to lower blood pressure, but new research says it can also reduce the …

Holistic Medicine

Researchers Identify Five Different Types of Diabetes, Not Just Type 1 and Type 2

For many years, diabetes cases have largely been classified as either type 1 or type 2. But a new study suggests that there may actually be five …

Diabetes

Your Coffee Is From Where? California?

GOLETA, Calif. — There is a new crop growing in Southern California’s famous avocado groves — coffee.<p>About two dozen farms between San Diego and here, just outside Santa Barbara, are nurturing coffee bushes under the canopies of old avocado trees, in what may be the first serious effort in the …

Coffee

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Never Do Any of These 9 Things | Inc.com

If you're less than happy with your life -- either personally or professionally -- the problem isn't education, upbringing , a lack of opportunities, being held back by other people, or even bad luck.<p>If you're unhappy, the problem is you. While approximately 50 percent of your happiness (your …

Happiness

How to read a book a week

In February, I read Belle Beth Cooper’s <i>Fast Company</i> piece “How I became a morning person, read more books, and learned a language in a year,” which listed the four steps to assuming a new hobby: set small goals, focus on one new thing at a time, remove obvious barriers, and build the new routines …

Books

Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life

<i>“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as</i> …

Aung San Suu Kyi is running out of excuses for her silence on the Rohingya crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi, the famed and much fawned-over former opposition leader of Myanmar, cannot be immune to criticism. Undoubtedly a force for good in opposition, I believe she has failed to live up to her promise since her release from house arrest in 2010.<p>While she was blocked from becoming …

Asia Pacific

North Korea killing: second woman held over death of Kim Jong-nam

Suspects detained in Malaysia after death of North Korean leader’s half-brother in attack that reportedly lasted five seconds<p>Two more suspects have been detained in connection with the death of the North Korean dictator’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, as further details emerged of his final …

North Korea

UN cites 'unprecedented' abuse against Rohinyga in Myanmar

GENEVA (AP) — Myanmar security forces are "very likely" to have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya Muslims in recent months, U.N. human rights investigators said Friday, citing an unprecedented upsurge in violence such as gang rape and brutal killings of children as young as 8 …

North Africa

Netanyahu blasts U.N., Obama over West Bank settlements resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out Saturday at what he called the "old-world bias against Israel," attacking President Barack Obama and the United Nations over a resolution that criticized Israel's settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.<p>Netanyahu compared Obama …

Israel

South China Sea: The mystery of missing books and maritime claims

<b>If you want to understand the way China really feels about its controversial claim to huge swathes of the sea off its southern shore, then the island of Hainan is a good place to start.</b><p>This is a place where everything is bent towards justifying and upholding that assertion of sovereignty, from …

China

Malaysia plans to force blogs, news sites to register

The Malaysian government is seeking a law change that would require the country's "political" blogs and news websites to register with authorities. …

Asia

Python caught in Malaysia could be the longest ever recorded

Local authorities say snake is estimated to be 8m long, beating the previous Guinness world record for a snake of the same species called Medusa<p>A huge python found on a construction site in Malaysia could take the record for the longest snake ever to be caught, with initial estimates at eight …

Asia

How to Migrate from Evernote to OneNote, and Why You Should

Heard good things about Microsoft OneNote, but feel like you’re in too deep with Evernote to make the switch? You can migrate your data relatively …

This Feature Can Make OneNote More Productive Than Evernote

OneNote and Evernote are both fantastic note-taking applications and they each have several amazing features that the other lacks — but there’s one …

Opponents of Malaysian PM join hands to oust him

Leaders from across Malaysia's political spectrum and hundreds of their supporters led by former longtime Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have rallied in Kuala Lumpur, calling for the removal of the current prime minister over a $700m corruption scandal.<p>Opponents of Najib Razak said on Sunday that …

Economic Development

Malaysia's social media rebels | Malaysia

<b>Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -</b> In 1968, the Atelier Populaire's striking posters captured the mood of French students agitating for change. Nearly 50 years later, the movement has inspired a whole new generation of activists, thousands of kilometres eastward in Malaysia.<p>Decades before, on the streets of …

Social Media

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain

We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by ― and that may be negatively affecting our health.<p>In fact, a 2011 World Health Organization report called noise pollution a “modern plague,” concluding that “there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to …

Humanity

Natural plant pigment makes for diabetic-friendly bread

Good for news for people with diabetes, and it's edible, too. Scientists at the National University of Singapore have created a bread with …

Cancer Breakthrough: Scientists Find 'Achilles Heel' Of Tumours

A breakthrough discovery about cancer tumours could lead to revolutionary "bespoke" treatments for patients, scientists have said.<p>Researchers have …

Cancer

5 Nuggets of Wisdom That Guarantee Success in Life and Work

Success is often defined by power, prestige and profit. Yet many who achieve these status symbols eventually ask: "Is this all there is?" How disappointing it must be to invest so much time and energy in achieving challenging results only to realize your ladder of success has been leaning up …

Here's an Easy Two-Minute Trick to Calm Your Racing Mind

<b>Obsess much? Here's a way to stop the cycle (and basically tell your brain to STFU).</b><p><i>By Amanda Schupak</i>, SELF<p>Photo: Kyle Ericksen/WWD<p>Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night. Think about how many times you've …

Swiss seek Malaysian help probing $4 billion financial scandal

Attorney General asks for Malaysian assistance to investigate alleged breaches of Swiss money-laundering laws<p>Switzerland's chief prosecutor said on Friday he has formally asked Malaysia for help with his probe into possible violations of Swiss law by the state-owned fund 1Malaysia Development …

Dismissal of Corruption Charges Against Malaysian Prime Minister Prompts Scorn

Critics of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are decrying the decision made on Tuesday by the country’s Attorney General to dismiss corruption …

Economic Development

15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

Breakfast

Why airplane windows are round

Airplane windows are good for more than just snapping photos from 30,000 feet.<p>As this video from Real Engineering explains, round airplane windows …

Google Doodle honors the guy who invented how we measure the hotness of chili peppers

The Trinidad moruga scorpion is recognized as the hottest chili pepper on the planet — but it’s unlikely we could all agree on the hotness of <i>any</i> …

Is Melatonin More Than Just a Sleep Supplement?

Melatonin, the hormone known for its ability to regulate your sleep and wake cycle, has long been the focus of sleep studies in the medical world. Though its natural secretion comes from the pineal gland in the brain, melatonin is also taken as an oral supplement to treat sleep disorders like …

Sleep