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Does Reading a Chapter a Day Bring Logevity?

Interesting study cohort from the Health and Retirement Study and collected by the University of Michigan's Institute of Social Research found that reading does lead to a longer life. The study also found that the types of reading materials was important, and that the greatest impact on longevity was found with reading books over other reading materials such as magazines and newspapers. Abstract from A Chapter a Day - Association of Book Reading with Longevity  Although books can expose people to new people and places, whether books also have health benefits beyond other types of reading materials is not known. This study examined whether those who read books have a survival advantage over those who do not read books and over those who read other types of materials, and if so, whether cognition mediates this book reading effect. The cohort consisted of 3635 participants in the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study who provided information about their reading

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