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STAY HEALTHY

Ways to Live to 100

A list collected by Men’s Journal looks at the current science on the habits of people who not only live longest, but who also live best.

• Devote yourself to a career. The Longevity Project — an eight-decade long mission from University of California Riverside — used data from about 1,500 gifted children as far back as 1921 to answer the question of who would live the longest, and what factors contributed to that longevity. One of those answers, researchers found, is a solid work ethic. According to the mortality data, the individuals in the group described as conscientious, hardworking, and prudent throughout their lives managed to survive about two or three years longer than the others — a 30 percent decreased risk of an early death.

• Volunteer. A 2013 review found that helping others in need is also a good predictor for a longer life, based on several studies. The researchers looked at the effects of regular volunteering on individual’s mental well-being, physical health, and overall survival. Some studies showed that one hour or more of volunteering a month was linked to self-reports of higher life satisfaction and lower instances of depression. Other studies analyzed in the review also showed individuals had a lower risk of mortality, even after adjusting for factors like higher socio-economic status, lifestyle, and overall health.

LIST-MANIA

States with the fewest online romance scams (catfishing)

Using data from the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report and U.S. Census Bureau population estimates to calculate the number of crimes per 100,000 residents, these are the states with the fewest reported catfishing scams.

1. Illinois

2. Georgia

3. South Dakota

4. Mississippi

5. Ohio

6. South Carolina

7. New Jersey

8. Montana

9. Tennessee

10. Vermont

13. Indiana

50. Alaska

NEWS OF THE WEIRD

By Chuck Sheppard

Inexplicable: The Lankenau Medical Center in suburban Philadelphia was the site of a break-in on the morning of April 20, but it was the stolen loot that leaves us scratching our heads. Two men and a woman stuffed several colonoscopes worth $450,000 into three backpacks. The scopes are used to examine colons during colonoscopies. “This is not something that a typical pawn shop might accept,” said Lower Merion Police Det. Sgt. Michael Vice. “My feeling would be that it was some type of black market sales.” He also told WCAU that it’s not yet clear whether it was an inside job.

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