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Reading books could increase lifespan

(Highly Cited-Medical News Today) [R]eading books is not just a popular pastime; numerous studies have hailed its benefits for health. A recent study… for example, found that reading fictional books may encourage empathy.
Now, [Becca R. Levy at Yale University School of Public Health] and colleagues claim the health benefits of reading books may reach even further, after finding it could help us live longer…
Compared with adults who did not read books, those who read books for up to 3 ½ hours each week were 17 percent less likely to die over the 12-year follow-up, while those who read for more than 3 ½ hours weekly were 23 percent less likely to die.
Overall, adults who read books survived almost 2 years longer over the 12-year follow-up than non-book readers.
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