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Palestine slams Israeli plan for new settlement units

Israel’s construction minister announced plans for the building of 300,000 settlement housing units in occupied East Jerusalem [File: EPA] The Palestinian foreign ministry has denounced a new Israeli settlement construction plan, which includes the building of 300,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. In a statement on its Facebook page, the ministry on Sunday held US President Donald Trump responsible for “Israeli arrogance” that has endorsed the annexation of East Jerusalem. “The ministry affirms that this Israeli colonial arrogance would not have happened without US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” the statement read. “Trump’s...

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Tips for Holiday Trips With Seniors

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If you plan to travel with an elderly relative this holiday season, don’t leave things to chance, an expert on geriatric medicine says. “Simply traveling long-distance to visit relatives can become increasingly stressful as individuals age,” said Dr. Angela Catic, an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center on Aging in Houston. While traveling, make sure older family members have their medications and assistive devices readily available. And watch for signs of fatigue, difficulty walking, or being too warm or cool, Catic advised. “Elders with dementia are particularly vulnerable during the holiday season,” Catic said in a college news release. “As dementia progresses, change in routine can be very difficult and may result in increased confusion and behavioral issues.” Her suggestions: Maintain seniors’ routines as much as possible; limit their exposure to noisy or lively gatherings; keep gifts and meals simple; and ensure there’s plenty of time to rest. On plane trips, seniors should walk in the aisles once every hour if they’re able to, or pump their legs while sitting in their seat, Catic said. This helps reduce blood clot risk. The holidays also provide an opportunity to visit and assess the health of elderly family members you might not see regularly. You can check for problems such as forgetfulness, and physical issues such as lack of balance or increased...

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Reading Aloud Can Be a Memory Booster

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Want to remember certain information? Try reading it out loud. A new study finds that improves your chances of remembering it. Canadian researchers asked 95 people to remember written information in four different ways: reading the information silently; hearing someone else read it; listening to a recording of themselves reading it, and reading it aloud. Reading out loud proved to be the best way to remember the information, the study found. That “confirms that learning and memory benefit from active involvement,” study co-author Colin MacLeod said in a news release from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He’s chair of the university’s psychology department. “When we add an active measure or a production element to a word, that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and hence more memorable,” he said. MacLeod’s earlier research involved how writing and typing words enhanced memory retention. As for the “practical applications of this research,” MacLeod said, “I think of seniors who are advised to do puzzles and crosswords to help strengthen their memory. “This study suggests that the idea of action or activity also improves memory,” he said. That adds to existing knowledge that “regular exercise and movement are also strong building blocks for a good memory,” he added. The findings were published recently in the journal Memory. More information The U.S. Centers for Disease...

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Serena Williams to return after giving birth

Serena Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi next week, almost four months after giving birth. The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was “delighted to be returning to the court”. She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. Former world number one Williams has not played since winning the Australian Open in January. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in November that no decision had been made over whether...

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Israel arrests, releases three Turkish men in Jerusalem

The three Turkish citizens, who were arrested by Israeli police in occupied East Jerusalem, were released on bail on Saturday [Anadolu Agency] An Israeli court has released three Turkish men a day after they were arrested at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. The men were taken into custody on Friday evening. Two of them, Abdullah Kizilirmak and Mehmet Kargili, who are also Belgian citizens, were accused of carrying out an assault on police officers just outside of the compound. The third one, Adem Koc, was accused of “disturbing public order...

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