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Pat Summitt's announcement that she has early onset dementia is already focusing more attention on the disease. Summitt, who has won more college basketball games than any other coach in history, says she will continue to coach as long as she is able. Meanwhile, many of us are wondering what we can do to avoid dementia as we get older.

Did you know that learning another language can help you? Research shows that people who are bilingual report the onset of symptoms 5 years later than people who are monolingual. Switching between languages stimulates the brain and although the effect is more pronounced in people who are using the languages every day, even practicing a new language you are learning can help.

Read more about being bilingual and Alzheimer's here.


 
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Source: Los Angeles Times

 

Bonjour, privyet, and nihhao! Calling from Gmail, the service that allows Gmail users to call friends, family and work colleagues from a computer directly to a mobile phone and landlines is now available in 38 languages.

Take that, Skype!

Gchat users have long been able to talk over their computers and video chat, but the ability to use one's computer to call directly to a landline or mobile phone was a development the online giant rolled out last August.

This recent update, as explained on the Official Google Blog, has more international language support -- including Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese and Serbian. Also, it allows users to pay for the phone credit in four different currencies -- euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars.

The company has also lowered its calling rates. For example, if you want to call England, France or Germany you'll pay 10 cents a minute to be connected to a cellphone, and 2 cents a minute if you call a landline.  To call Mexico it will cost you 6 cents a minute if you call a landline, and 15 cents a minute to call a cellphone. You can see the full list on Google's rates page

 

See: Los Angeles Times


 

 

 
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