CNN – The last cigarette: Nine ex-smokers who quit the habit for good
For one, it was a health scare. For another, the words of a friend hit him in an instant. And for another, it was the loss of a dear relative.
Many ex-smokers can remember their last cigarette, and the moment when they decided to quit the habit for good.
On the occasion of Thursday’s Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, here’s a look at nine former smokers and the moment they decided it was time to say goodbye.

NBC News – Four hours to find help: Virginia attack highlights US mental health crisis
Virginia officials are investigating whether doctors tried, and failed, to find help for Austin “Gus” Deeds before he apparently stabbed his father, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, and shot himself in rural Virginia Tuesday.
Several sources say the younger Deeds, who was 24, was evaluated at a local hospital and sent home when doctors couldn’t find a place in a psychiatric facility. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that some nearby hospitals did have beds but were never contacted.

ABC News – A handful of nuts a day may help you live longer
Need another reason to roast chestnuts this winter?
Look no further than a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine which suggests people who eat nuts have a lower risk of death compared to people who never eat them.
Researchers at Harvard and Indiana University looked at data gathered through the mammoth, decades-long Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study — health information for nearly 120,000 men and women in all. They looked at the risk of death in these subjects from several common health problems, and they compared this risk against their consumption of nuts.

Philadelphia Inquirer – Recessions may contribute to mental decline years later: Study
Recessions can have long-lasting effects, and they may not be just financial.
A new study has found that people affected by an economic downturn in middle age may be at risk for mental decline later in life.
Researchers examined data from 12,000 people aged 50 and older in 11 European countries.

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