Friday, October 16, 2009

This is Your Brain on Google


A brain study conducted by Dr. Gary Small, a UCLA expert on aging, found that people who search the Internet use more of their brain while engaging in Internet searching.

This suggests that just searching on the Internet may train the brain -- that it may keep it active and healthy," said Small, whose research appears in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.


To continue reading go here.

By Bob DeMarco
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Editor


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Popular Articles on the Alzheimer's Reading Room -- September (Top Landing Pages)

Test Your Memory (TYM) for Alzheimer's or Dementia in Five Minutes(#1 June, July, August, September)
A new cognitive test for detecting Alzheimer's disease is quicker and more accurate than many current tests, and could help diagnose early Alzheimer's, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment. To continue reading go here.

Dementia and the Eight Types of Dementia Dementia is a an illness that usually occurs slowly over time, and usually includes a progressive state of deterioration. The earliest signs of dementia are usually memory problems, confusion, and changes in the way a person behaves and communicates. To continue reading go here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Caring for Our Parents (Book Review)

This is a serious book by an accomplished journalist, writer--Howard Gleckman.

'If you are a Boomer, you should buy this book and put it on the coffee table. You will need it in the future to take care of yourself. The notes section of this book, alone, is worth the purchase price. The 22 pages of notes come in the form of a bibliography that you will be referring to over and over in the years ahead.


Caring for Our Parents is chock full of information and example that you, and I, will need as we age'. --Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Will President Obama put an End to the Medicare Rip-Off?

I bet you didn't know this. When your elected representatives in Washington voted on the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 they slipped in this dilly -- when Medicare buys prescription drugs from the pharmaceutical companies they are not allowed to negotiate the price they pay.
Let me put it this way, we the taxpayers pay full retail price when Medicare buys prescription drugs -- for us.
I can buy a 16 ounce can of Old El Paso refried beans in Publix for a $1.49. Or, I can go to Walmart and buy the same product in the same size for $1.09. I have a choice -- Medicare doesn't.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

100 Million Adults Touched by Alzheimer's

Astounding. More information at the Alzheimer's Reading Room.
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Saturday, May 02, 2009

HBO The Alzheimer's Project Open to all Cable Subscribers

HBO is opening  The Alzheimer's Project  to all cable subscribers. Got cable? Find the HBO channel and you are good to go starting May 10.
Want a free copy of The Alzheimer's Project DVD? Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room and then go here to find out how to do it.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Alzheimer's Project

Announcement.

Subscribers to the Alzheimer's Reading Room can now obtain a free, complimentary, copy of the Memory Loss Tapes from HBO.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Alzheimer's Project How to Get it on DVD -- HBO

I am getting bombarded with emails asking me how to get HBO's The Alzheimer's Project if you don't have HBO.
There is good news. HBO is offering the Alzheimer's Project on DVD and in book form. You can order it now, but it won't ship until June 2.
To order a copy of the DVD -- The Alzheimer's Project -- go here.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Alzheimer's Project -- HBO

  1. The Memory Loss Tapes -- Sunday, May 10 at 9 PM
  2. Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? -- Monday, May 11 at 7:30 PM
  3. Momentum in Science -- Monday, May 11 at 8 PM
  4. Caregivers -- Tuesday, May 12 at 7 PM
  5. Momentum in Science, Part 2 --Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

How We Saved $624.72 on Prescription Drugs

Ask the next baby boomer you see if they understand how the Medicare prescription drug program works. Unless they have a relative in the donut hole, I'll bet you a doughnut they can't tell you how it works.
Ok, here is the recap. We are saving $624.72 on the switch from Felodipine to generic Norvasc. We will likely save $310 on Benicar. Total savings so far $934.72 (estimate).
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Housing Starts Like a Bullet Hitting Water (Chart)

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Is the next shoe ready to drop in the Housing market?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that defaults on so called 'Option ARM' mortgages are rising fast.
As of December, 28% of option ARMs were delinquent or in foreclosure, according to LPS Applied Analytics, a data firm that analyzes mortgage performance.
Nearly 61% of option ARMs originated in 2007 will eventually default, according to a recent analysis by Goldman Sachs
This is sobering news and indicates the bad news from the housing market is far from over.

Is the next shoe ready to drop in the Housing market?

Friday, January 23, 2009

According to our slideshow, Prostitution Scandals of the Rich & Famous, who revealed Sen. David Vitter's illicit secret?

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In our slideshow, "Notable Sex Scandals," which disgraced figure is wearing a red pattern necktie?

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Which scandal-tinged investor allegedly attempted to fake his suicide?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On our Web site's Credit Spreads page (hint: find it via the Market Buzz box), what is the first type of data shown?

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In Maria Bartiromo's Jan. 20 video "Market Message," which of these topics did she mention first?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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What is the name of CNBC contributor Janice Dorn's own business site?

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What did "Dow 12,000" trader Ben Lichtenstein call a "major speed bump" on Friday?

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

In Allen Wastler's blog post, "Time to Start a Fugitive Watch?", which infamous 1970s criminal does he refer to?

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Which alleged "hedge fund swindler" was "barred from contact" with his girlfriend on Wednesday?

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CNBC Europe's Silvia Wadhwa has written for which German business news organization?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Question: In a Jan. 13 interview, Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds said which new fund gives an "equity-type return"?

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In our "Top 10 Halloween Costumes 2008" slideshow, what exaggerated medical implement is the "Adult Nurse" holding?

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Google’s Footprint: The Environmental Impact of Internet Searches

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Forget the economic meltdown, rising unemployment, and trillion-dollar deficits. The burning question of the day is: Are your Google searches killing the planet?

To recap: The Times of London reported on Sunday research purportedly showing that Internet searches, by flitting from desktops to servers around the world, have a significant environmental impact—7 grams of carbon-dioxide emissions, to be exact. Or, to use the British standard for energy consumption, about half as much as comes from boiling a “kettle of tea.” Multiply that by Google’s five billion searches a day, and the green-talking Internet darling started to look like an environmental villain.

Except that the numbers in the study were widely inflated, Google contends. It says a Google search produces about 0.2 grams of carbon dioxide. Tech outlets and the blogosphere have been buzzing with claims and counter-claims about Google’s true environmental footprint.

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When "Squawk Box" co-anchor Becky Quick was an undergrad, what newspaper did she lead?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On our Web site's Green page, what section will you find located on the upper-most lefthand corner?


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In the Jan. 9 edition of Mad Mail, why does Jim Cramer tell "Suzette" he likes Molson-Coors Brewing?

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Monday, January 12, 2009

On Jan. 9, stock picker Michael Yoshikami did NOT recommend a dividend-play company in this sector:

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Friday, January 09, 2009

What phrase did Clem Chambers use in his prediction of Dow 11,000 on an "Obama Bounce"?

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On Thursday, Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James said which companies are players in the water sector?

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In our slideshow, 25 Years of Tech Blunders, what "old economy" product is compared to the modern ones?

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

In our article, "Early Warnings Signaling An Ugly Earnings Season", who warned of further layoffs ahead?

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According to our Warren Buffett Watch blog, which cartoonist said he doesn't trust the Berkshire Hathaway chief?

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

EF Hutton: On Tuesday, Gazprom's Alexander Medvedev accused whom of cutting off Russian gas to Europe?

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2009 Strategist S&P 500 Price Targets

The average 2009 year-end S&P 500 is 1,056, or 16.9% above the S&P's year-end price of 903.25.
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Firm                  Strategist                Target  %Change
Barclays Plc Barry Knapp 874 -3.2%
Citigroup Inc. Tobias Levkovich 1,000 11%
Credit Suisse Andrew Garthwaite 1,050 16%
Deutsche Bank Binky Chadha 1,140 26%
Goldman Sachs David Kostin 1,100 22%
HSBC Holdings Kevin Gardiner 1,000 11%
JPMorgan Chase Thomas Lee 1,100 22%
Merrill Lynch Richard Bernstein 975 7.9%
Morgan Stanley Abhijit Chakrabortti 975 7.9%
Strategas Research Jason Trennert 1,100 22%
UBS AG David Bianco 1,300 44%
"Official" 2009 Strategist S&P 500 Price Targets

According to Prudential Douglas Elliman's Dottie Herman, what likely sparked a 3.6% drop in Manhattan apartment prices?

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According to the CNBC Stock Blog, which housing stock did strategist Ivy Zelman pan on Tuesday?

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

EF Hutton: In his Millennial Money blog post called "War On Climate Change Over..." what was Cliff Mason's apocalyptic message?

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Which investment firm said Monday that it was unwinding its $1 billion Tempo Master fund?

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Web video hunt: On Dec. 23, which strategist told CNBC that Russia would be a "A Bigger Energy Player in 2009"?

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Squawk on the Street In his CNBC interview, Pimco's co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian recommended which investment(s)?

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EF Hutton: In Jon Najarian's Monday Stock Blog post, which natgas company did he say options traders were targeting?

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Twitter Off to a Rough 2009

I caught this over on Digits.
If you are a twitter user you might want t check this out.
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You might be familiar with phishing attacks, those messages sent by criminals that look like they’re from a bank or Nigerian prince. But what about Twishing?

The term may enter the tech lexicon this week, thanks to an attack targeting the Web site Twitter, which runs a popular service that lets people share short updates about what they’re doing. (Blame Brian Krebs of the Washington Post if it sticks.) Over the weekend, cyber baddies sent phishing messages via Twitter’s service to other account holders. The message directed people to a Web site that looked like Twitter’s home page, but was really operated by the bad buys. As people logged in to the fake Twitter site, the bad guys captured their user names and passwords. Twitter warned account holders Saturday about the scam in a post on its blog, and advised those concerned to change their passwords.
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Slideshow hunt: According to our Wealth in America survey, who had planned to spend the most on holiday shopping?

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Video hunt: In a Jan. 1 interview about commodities, what did Michael Yoshikami cite as a sign of industrial slowdown?

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According to our By The Numbers blog, which of the 2009 Dogs of the Dow has the lowest dividend yield?

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According to our Warren Buffett Watch, where did Berkshire Hathaway's Class A shares end 2008?

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In a "Fast Money" interview on Dec. 31, how does CEO Howard Levine describe his family business?

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Why did Jon Najarian say NetApps was the focus of "intense options action" on Wednesday?

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In our "Famous Last Words" slideshow, what is Chris Dodd referring to?

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Wishing each and everyone of you a wonderful new year.