FOX News – Researchers say reading may increase lifespan
The millions of fans who lined up at midnight for the release of the final Harry Potter book may be on to something, as scientists have found reading books may help us live longer by as many as two years. Their study, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, also found that adults who reported reading magazine and newspaper showed an increase in longevity compared to nonreaders. Researchers, led by Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale University School of Public Health, analyzed data of 3,635 men and women who were part of the Health and Retirement Study and were followed for an average of 12 years, Medical News Today reported. Study participants were instructed to self-report their reading habits.

Science World Report – Acupuncture Can Reduce Dementia Symptoms, Study Suggests
Acupuncture has been known to relieve stress and muscle pain. Now, researchers of a new study believe it may also be effective for mild cognitive impairment, a precursor for dementia, when used as an alternative or combined with other treatment. Min Deng, from the Department of Neurology at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in China, and Xu-Feng Wang, from the Department of General Surgery at Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, conducted the study. Medical News Today wrote that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a stage between the expected decrease in cognitive functioning of normal aging and the most severe decline of dementia. It has the chance to later increase the risk of progressing to dementia which is caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other neurological conditions. Although not everyone with MCI experience a decline in the condition. There are those who get better. MCI may be detected if a person experiences a “slip” in memory or mental function.

Reuters – E-cigarette makers rush new products to market ahead of U.S. rules
The e-cigarette market is suddenly getting more crowded. Makers of the “vaping” devices launched a flood of new products in the United States ahead of new federal regulations, taking effect on Monday, that require companies to submit e-cigarettes for government approval before marketing them, according to company officials and industry experts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which announced the regulations in May, will allow e-cigarette devices introduced before the regulations came into force to be sold for up to three years while companies apply and await regulatory review.

Xenia Daily Gazette – Get vaccinated during National Immunization Awareness Month
Back-to-school season is quickly approaching. Parents will be busy getting school clothes and school supplies for their children. Immunizing your child now will help avoid the last minute rush, and protect them against vaccine-preventable diseases. To emphasize the importance of immunizations for everyone, and to make sure that children in particular are protected with all of the vaccines they need, the Ohio Department of Health is joining the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.