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“Quick & Healthy” offers some highlights from the world of health and wellness which you may have missed this week:

  • One day your phone may be able to sniff out the onset of Parkinson’s Disease, based solely on the way you type. Researchers are currently developing software that can monitor the rate at which users tap on their keyboards and make assessments as to how well a typist’s central nervous system is functioning. It’s an exciting development, but for now, anyway, the software cannot distinguish between someone with Parkinson’s and someone who’s simply sleep deprived.
  • Green tea is the gift that just keeps on giving. The antioxidant-loaded, bacteria-battling, fat-burning substance just got yet another boon: According to a new study, a regular green tea habit correlates to a lower risk of dementia. The study found no such link with black tea and coffee, although those drinks have plenty of well-known health benefits on their own.
  • And we have a winner! Researchers have amassed results from several studies conducted on commercial diet and weight-loss programs, and have determined that Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are the most effective.
  • A new startup is setting its sights on revolutionizing in-home health care for seniors. The Silicon Valley-based service is called Honor, and it’s designed to bring seniors the best in in-home care, while also allowing family members to stay in close contact, even and especially while they’re remote.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Reps. Matt Gaetz, left, and Marjorie Taylor Greene on their "America First" tour.

Photo from Rep. Matt Gaetz's verified Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

At a time when Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is facing a federal sex trafficking investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has jumped to his defense and joined forces with him for a fundraising tour. The far-right MAGA Republicans are both aggressive fundraisers, repeatedly stressing their unwavering devotion to former President Donald Trump. But according to Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger, the Gaetz/Greene tour has "spent four times as much as" it has raised.

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