Gene Wilder's Death: How Do People Die from Alzheimer's?

Legendary comedic actor Gene Wilder has died at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his family announced today. But what exactly does it mean to die from Alzheimer's? Although Alzheimer's disease shortens people's life spans, it is usually not the direct cause of a person's death, according to the Alzheimer's Society, a charity in the United Kingdom for people with dementia. Rather...

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7 Ways Mentally Strong People Bounce Back From Failure

For some people, failure serves as a permanent roadblock that stands in between them and success. For the mentally strong, however, setbacks serve as an opportunity to sharpen their skills and become better. Whether they get passed up for a promotion, or their side hustle costs more money than it earns, mentally strong people don't let failure define them. Here's how mentally strong people turn...

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A Simple Exercise to Boost Optimism And Improve Health

Is our optimism level fixed or can we change it? Personality psychologists describe optimism as a generalized expectation that good things will happen. They see it as a core piece of a person’s disposition. Seen this way, optimism is relatively stable over time periods of days or weeks. Yet, studies have shown that over longer periods, a person’s optimism changes meaningfully. In one study that...

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Diabetes-related vision loss growing worldwide

The worldwide burden of diabetes-related vision loss is growing alarmingly. Over 2 decades from 1990-2010, the number of people worldwide with diabetes-related blindness or visual impairment rose by an alarming 27 percent and 64 percent, respectively. In 2010, 1 in every 52 people had vision loss and 1 in every 39 people were blind due to diabetic retinopathy - where the retina is damaged by...

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Diet and Weight Loss: The Best Ways to Eat

Low carb, or low fat? Should you go Atkins, Zone or Paleo? Or does it even matter which diet you choose when you want to lose weight? Most weight loss experts say that shedding pounds comes down to a simple formula: calories in versus calories out. In other words, if you burn more calories than you take in, you'll lose weight. However, the question of exactly how to cut calories — in a healthy,...

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Are You Easily Conned?

Machiavellians are temperamentally predisposed to scheme and cheat (as explained here). However, they can’t have their way without trusting or foolish victims who ignore the warning signs. Every con artist needs a rube capable of being gulled. I’ve written many articles about what makes master manipulators tick, but what about people who fall victim to Machiavellian schemes because they are too...

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Swap a soda for water to reduce weight gain

Swap that can of cola for a glass of water - your waistline will thank you for it. This is the conclusion of a new study, which found that replacing a single sweetened beverage with water may reduce the risk of obesity and improve overall health. Study co-author Kiyah J. Duffey, of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal...

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Backup plans may keep you from achieving your goal, research shows

When it comes to setting organizational and personal goals, making a backup plan has been seen as a sensible way to deal with uncertainty -- to be prepared if things don't go as expected. However, new research challenges that conventional wisdom. When it comes to setting organizational and personal goals, making a backup plan has been seen as a sensible way to deal with uncertainty -- to be...

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