To Prevent Alzheimer’s, Diet and Exercise Are Effective, Large Study Shows

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Originally posted on TIME:

No one believes that a disease as complicated as Alzheimer’s can be warded off by an apple a day or by faithfully hitting the weight room. But a breakthrough study presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference shows that after just two years, people who underwent lifestyle interventions showed improvements in their mental functions, including in memory, executive function and speed tests of their cognitive skills.

Dr. Miia Kivipelto from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden knew that several studies have linked some lifestyle behaviors, such as exercise and a healthy diet, as well as being more socially active, to less cognitive decline and stronger scores on memory and organizational tests. But it wasn’t clear whether people who ate better, exercised more and had more friends also shared something else in common that could explain their ability to sown down dementia symptoms.

So Kivipelto conducted one of the first…

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Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts Join James Franco’s ‘Michael’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Originally posted on Variety:

Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will be joining James Franco in the drama “Michael,” about an anti-gay pastor who was once gay himself, Variety has learned.

Quinto will play the former boyfriend of Franco’s character. Roberts is set to reteam with her “Palo Alto” co-star as his girlfriend. Chris Zylka (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Piranha 3DD”) is also attached to the film as another past love interest.

The script for “Michael” is based on “My Ex-Gay Friend,” a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (author of “Travels with Casey”) about Michael Glatze, a Christian minister from Wyoming who was so entrenched in gay culture before rejected his homosexuality, he founded a gay youth magazine. Justin Kelly will direct. Gus van Sant is the executive producer, along with producers James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer and Scott Reeve.

“This isn’t just a story about an ‘ex-gay,’” Kelly…

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Selena Gomez Calls Out A Fan On Instagram For Bullying

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Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Selena Gomez isn’t going to stand for bullying. The singer/actress called out a fan on Instagram for bullying on July 12. Way to go, Selena!

Selena Gomez, 21, isn’t going to tolerate bullying in any capacity. The “Come & Get It” singer made a huge statement by calling out a “fan” on Instagram on July 12 who left a “distasteful” comment about cancer.

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Wink’s Connected Home Collection Arrives At Home Depot

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Everyone’s gunning to be the platform for your smart home, including Apple and Google, but Quirky spin-off startup Wink has its range in stores as of today at The Home Depot, giving it access to a market of average consumers. The Wink platform is basically a central hub for devices from manufacturers including Dropcam, Honeywell, Quirky, Schalge, Kwikset, Honeywell and more, giving users a single app for either iOS or Android from which to customize and control them all.

Sound familiar? It should, because it’s what startup SmartThings set about to do since its founding in 2012. Nest has also debuted a project with a similar end goal in mind, called “Works with Nest” and offering developers a way for makers of connected devices to link their gadgets to the Google-owned company’s smart learning thermostat.

Wink gets its compatible products on store shelves in over 2,000 U.S. retail…

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New video gives the iPhone 6′s screen its first ever stress test

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Originally posted on BGR:

The iPhone 6 is still around two months away from being announced but that isn’t stopping people from putting it under preemptive stress tests using leaked parts. Sonny Dickson has just posted a new video showing the iPhone 6′s display undergoing some mild stress tests that involve bending the display to see how well it holds up under pressure. 

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Disney Picks 11 Tech and Media Firms for Startup-Accelerator Program

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Originally posted on Variety:

Disney has announced 11 technology and media startups that will participate in the Disney Accelerator incubator and investment program, designed to provide entrepreneurs access to top execs and resources — and give the Mouse House access to up-and-coming talent.

During the 15-week program, produced in association with startup accelerator Techstars, top Disney execs including Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger will meet with the companies to provide feedback and guidance. In addition, Disney will provide up to $120,000 in investment capital to the startups as well as access to additional resources.

To kick off the program, participating companies will meet with various execs from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, along with tech mentors in Techstars’ network.

The 11 companies selected to participate in the Disney Accelerator program are:

  • Buzzstarter: billed as the world’s first scalable programmatic content marketing platform
  • ChoreMonster: web and mobile platform that makes chores fun for kids and turns parents…

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