Longevity may be in the genes

Living to 100 and beyond is likely more due to genes than even lifestyle. Or so says a new study published online last week in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine compared the lifestyle habits (eating, drinking and exercise) of almost 500 Ashkenazi Jews age 95 to 112 who were living on their own with over 1300 non-Hispanic whites age 65 to 74 from the general population.

The results indicated that the long lived men were less apt to be smokers, but that was not true for the women. And as far as diet and exercise, within both groups were people who were overweight, who consumed alcohol and who exercised very little.

This is a very small study to be sure, but it suggests that some people may be born with longevity genes that somehow overcome what experts consider to be less than optimal healthy lifestyles.

The rest of us should probably not give up on good habits like regular exercise or not smoking since other studies indicate that these do contribute to a longer life.  And of course, hope that a real longevity elixir like the one found in our novel “Rabbit in the Moon” becomes available soon.


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WXEL July 4th and 5th REBROADCAST

WXEL’s Florida Forum radio show’s Forth of July special will re-air past interviews of local authors who have books they think will be great summer reading. Our interview will air on 90.7 FM Sunday  July 4 at 11am , and re-air Monday July 5 at 7pm.

The show streams LIVE, so anyone with access to the Internet can listen to it at the above date/times, by going to www.wxel.org and clicking on the Listen Live button .

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Audiobook version of “Rabbit in the Moon” a winner

Just announced: the Audiobook version of “Rabbit in the Moon” produced by Spoken Word Inc and narrated by nationally honored radio talk show host, Barbara Whitesides, won Honorable Mention at this year’s SF Book Festival.  Congrats to them all!! This just adds to the many awards the international thriller has already won including the Gold Medal for the Florida Book Award.

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“Devil Wind” review

Pasadena Star News says “Devil Wind hits home!” Read more here! “Devil Wind” by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid, the latest thriller in the Sammy Greene series is available in hardback, eBooks and on Audio. Check out Sammy’s website for more information

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Life expectancy rises in the US

Good news! Without Dr. Ni-Fu Cheng’s immortality elixir (Rabbit in the Moon)  average life expectancy in the US has hit another high, rising above 78 years,  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, infant mortality has hit a record low of 6.42 deaths per 1000 live births which is almost a 3 percent drop from 2008. Boys born in 2009 can expect to at least until age 75.5 while girls will live to 80.5. Reasons for this increased longevity is felt to be a result of better medical treatment, improved vaccination rates and decreases in smoking.

Read Rabbit in the Moon in hardback, eBook and Audiobook

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Happy Year of the Rabbit 2011

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2011!! The Year of the Rabbit begins tomorrow on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012.

Anyone born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011 is born under the sign of the Rabbit.

As many of you who have already read our international thriller, Rabbit in the Moon by Deborah and Joel Shlian know, the Rabbit, or Hare as it is referred to in Chinese mythology is the symbol of longevity. It is the 4th of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. And is said to derive its essence from the Moon

In our novel, Dr. Lili Quan’s mother was born under this sign and was typical of such individuals – reserved and introverted.  But she was also a friendly person who liked the company of good friends.

Good news for a troubled world: according to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit heralds a year in which you should take a deep breath, and calmly approach problems that arise with the goal of creating a safe, peaceful life.  Trying to force issues will only bring failure. Negotiation is a much more effective approach to problem solving. This is a year to focus on home and family.

As a symbol of the Moon, the Rabbit represents the Yin, while the Peacock, symbol of the Sun, represents the Yang of life. In the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is extremely strong.  It is said that on each of the full moon nights during this year, if you go into your garden to gaze into the full moon, visualize plenty of moon energy flowing into you and you will strengthen your inner energy (Chi). Not only will be granted fearlessness, love and courage but this will also bring wisdom into your life.

We wish that and more for all of you this year!!

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Szeto Wah, human rights activist, dead at 79

A leading human rights activist for mainland Chinese dissidents including the Tiananmen massacre victims died yesterday in Hong Kong.

His name was Szeto Wah, but he was better known as Uncle Wah

Originally a teacher, Szeto became a leader of one of Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ unions. He helped organize the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Democratic Movements in China, which he headed until his death. The Alliance served as a voice for human-rights abuses by the Chinese government. For two decades, Wah also served as a legislator in the Democratic Party.

Because of his continued condemnation of the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, Szeto was barred from visiting the mainland. He died of cancer at the age of 1979.


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