The MIND diet: 10 foods that fight Alzheimers (and 5 to avoid)

A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago shows a diet plan they developed — appropriately called the MIND diet — may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent.

Even those who didn’t stick to the diet perfectly but followed it “moderately well” reduced their risk of Alzheimer’s by about a third.

via The MIND diet: 10 foods that fight Alzheimers (and 5 to avoid) – CBS News.

Feds fight Hillary Clinton-focused email lawsuit

The State Department is fighting a journalist’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding that the agency process for release a broad swath of email and other records produced by Hillary Clinton’s aides during her four years as secretary of state.

The request Vice News reporter Jason Leopold filed in November initially sought all records of Clinton’s office during her tenure, including all emails, as well as all records pertaining to meetings Clinton or any of her top aides attended during that time. After a Justice Department lawyer said that demand was too broad, Lepoold’s lawyer agreed to limit the request to records relating to any of 60 topics, including Gaza, Guantanamo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, targeted assassinations, emails between Clinton and aide Philippe Reines and memos about the Freedom of Information Act itself.

However, the State Department is insisting that the request is still too burdensome.

via Feds fight Hillary Clinton-focused email lawsuit –

The Most Expensive Cities in the World (Chart)

THE WORLD’s ten most expensive cities are all found in Australia, Asia and Western Europe, according to the bi-annual cost of living index from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our corporate sibling. Singapore retains the top spot, while weak inflation and the yen’s devaluation have pushed Tokyo and Osaka to 11th and 16th place respectively. Seoul has risen from 50th place five years ago to joint ninth at the end of 2014. Asia is also home to many of the world’s cheapest cities: Karachi and Bangalore are the joint cheapest locations among the 133 cities in the survey, and five of the six cheapest cities surveyed are in Pakistan and India. Caracas’s descent from top ten to bottom five is due to the survey’s use of an alternative exchange rate. The cost of living in New York has risen by about 23% over the past five years.

via Daily chart: Uptown top ranking | The Economist.

Human Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs (VIDEO)

What human foods are harmful to dogs? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says there are lots of foods that fall into this category. Chocolate, grapes, onions and raisins are just a few foods that are potentially dangerous to dogs. Get a full list from your vet to make sure you know which foods to keep your dog away from. If you see that your dog is in distress and showing signs of food poisoning, such as panting excessively or pacing, take your dog to a vet immediately.

via Human Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO).

Northeast Resists More Pipelines, Despite Higher Energy Costs

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At the end of last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company nudged it north into New Hampshire — where the venom is also flowing freely. During this winter’s town meetings, a centuries-old staple of local governance in New England, people in the nine towns touched by the route voted to oppose the project.

via Northeast Resists More Pipelines, Despite Higher Energy Costs.

Western Drought Enlarges ‘Bathtub’ Ring Around Lake Powell

As severe drought grips parts of the western United States, a below average flow of water is expected to enter Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the two biggest reservoirs of the Colorado River Basin. Lake Powell is currently at 45 percent of capacity and is at risk of seeing its surface elevation fall below 1,075 feet above sea level by September, which would be the lowest level on record. The Colorado River Basin supplies water to 40 million people in seven western states.

via Western Drought Enlarges ‘Bathtub’ Ring Around Lake Powell – NBC

Pro-Bedouin march winds up at Israel presidency


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A four-day march led by Arab Israeli MPs in solidarity with Israel’s impoverished Bedouin community wound up on Sunday at the Jewish state’s presidency.

President Reuven Rivlin’s office said Arab representatives delivered a report on the hardships faced by Bedouin villages to his wife, Nechama, as the head of state was in Singapore for the funeral of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

via Pro-Bedouin march winds up at Israel presidency – Yahoo News.


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