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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here's why: bookstores so beautiful they're worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not.

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Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland

We can't overestimate the importance of bookstores — they're community centers, places to browse and discover, and monuments to literature all at once — so we've put together a list of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, from Belgium to Japan to Slovakia.

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Seal Up The House:

The highest cost in electric consumption is a result of heating and cooling your home.  According to Consumer Reports, sealing leaks can reduce energy costs by 15 to 30%.   Don't cool and/or lower the heat temperature in an empty house.   Closing vents and doors in rooms which are not in use and setting a programmable thermostat to sute your schedule and routinely changing air filters may considerable reduce your monthly bills. The use of fans during the summer months makes a room feel cooler providing a nice breeze.

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Countries around the world marked the world's population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet's resources. 

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While demographers are unsure exactly when the world's population will reach the 7 billion mark, the U.N. is using Monday to symbolically mark the day. A string of festivities are being held worldwide, with a series of symbolic 7-billionth babies being born.  

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TOMATOES

ROME -- Tomatoes have long been hailed for their health-boosting properties but now it seems they may also help ward off the dreaded aging process. A group of Italian farmers have develop a "super tomato" they say is bursting with enough antioxidants to fight everything from aging to cardiovascular diseases. The secret lies in lycopene, scientists say, a life-giving red pigment that is found in abundance in the the new "Sun Black" tomatoes from the Rome-based Coldiretti farmers association.

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The List of Six Factors Most Likely to Add Years to Our Lives, and Life to Our Years

What prompted Dr. Katz to focus on the 'Super 6' list is a patient he saw in clinic who had experienced a potentially life-threatening cancer a year or so ago, and is now living in the aftermath of a surgical "cure." The patient went to his clinic looking for ways to reduce the likelihood of that cancer ever recurring, or any other ever occurring in the first place.  Such collisions with our mortality tend to sharpen the focus of patient and clinician alike. Whereas any given patient might like to know how to promote their health, this patient approached the topic as a veritable quest. As you may expect, the discussion with this patient was far-ranging. He wanted to know about everything he could do to bend fate and probability in his favor.

Three principal considerations drove their discussion:

1. Risk/Benefit Trade-Offs

2. The Magnitude of Any Likely Effect

3. The Quality of Underlying Evidence.

Those three considerations drove the discussion inevitably in the direction of the Super 6:  

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