Personal Growth - Health

Big belly boosts risk of later dementia

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer
Mar. 26, 2008

Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease or other dementia decades later, a new study suggests.

It's not just about your weight. While previous research has found evidence that obesity in middle age raises the chances of developing dementia later, the new work found a separate risk from storing a lot of fat in the abdomen. Even people who weren't overweight were susceptible.

News Cellar - Biz Models

Women see less need for ol' ball and chain

- C.W. Nevius
Sunday, January 28, 2007

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Are husbands becoming obsolete? You have to wonder. A recent New York Times study, based on 2005 census results, found that for the first time in American history there are more women living without husbands (51 percent) than with them.

To which many men must reply: Uh-oh. After all, how many times did they tell us to put down the toilet seat and pick up our socks? Could it be that a hubby is -- like the big, smelly dog that keeps chewing up shoes -- turning out to be more trouble than he's worth?

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Playing Their Own Way

Friday, August 03, 2007

People who love to create their own blogs, podcasts, and movies have a new outlet for self-expression: home-made video games.

Level design: A tool included in the video game Big Kahuna Reef inspired users to create so many levels that a sequel was released with more than 700 levels designed by amateurs. - Credit: Reflexive Entertainment

By Erica Naone

Hoping to cash in on the popularity of user-generated content, a number of companies have set up websites that help average folks create their own video games.

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Inside Entrepreneurship: Business plan must be clear, not long


Q. How long should a business plan be for a subscription content Web site that already has some advertising revenue?

-- C. Lynn, Seattle

A. It is said that Mark Twain once apologized for the long length of a letter to a friend. As the story goes, if he had had more time to improve the clarity of his writing, the letter would have been shorter!

The same holds true for business plans. It's not the length that matters, but the quality of the content that keeps reader attention. Straightforward, hyperbole-free prose is the way to go.

Keep in mind that there is no "one size fits all" document. The tone and contents of a business plan written for venture investors should be different than a plan written for a Small Business Administration lender or even a corporate executive who evaluates joint venture opportunities.

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