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New Study Suggests Artists Have A Big Advantage As They Get Older

It’s never too late to pick up a paintbrush.

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It’s one thing to be physically healthy in your golden years, but having the mental capacity to fully enjoy those years is another matter entirely. Ideally, we’d all retain both as we age, but maintaining your mind isn’t nearly as simple as loading up on leafy greens and yoga poses.


A new report shows consistently activating your creative side could be a large part of this mental health puzzle. Authored by Mayo Clinic physicians and published in JAMA Neurology, the study followed nearly 2,000 elderly participants (aged 70 and up) with relatively normal mental abilities over the course of four years. The authors tracked how often the participants engaged in a number of activities including social outings, playing games, using the computer, and making crafts. Ultimately, they found that those who made art weekly saw their risk of cognitive decline decrease by roughly a third compared with those who only created something less than three times a month.

According to the study, you don’t need to be a professional artist to reap the benefits of creative activities. And for those of you who’d rather surf the internet than paint acrylic sunsets, good news: The study’s authors say computer use has comparable benefits. Essentially, as long as you engage your mind in creative ways, it seems you have a better chance of staving off dementia and similar forms of cognitive decline.

So the next time someone makes fun of your restoration work on a priceless 19th century fresco, explain that they just don’t know what’s good for them.

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A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

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Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

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When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

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Fox News and President Trump seem like they may be headed for a breakup. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be," Trump told reporters in August after one of the network's polls found him trailing for Democrats in the 2020 election.

"There's something going on at Fox, I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it," he continued.

Some Fox anchors have hit back at the president over his criticisms. "Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don't work for you," Neil Cavuto said on the air. "I don't work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you."

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