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How I Became a Best-Selling Author – Yahoo! Finance.

Facebook tracking is under scrutiny – USATODAY.com.

Economy, lack of engineers could hinder U.S. innovation – USATODAY.com.

Be the Difference | Volunteer Opportunities Calendar.

  • Fall Book Sale, The Friends of The Santa Cruz Libraries, Friday, November 18th (10am-12pm, flexible shifts) @ The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. About: Proceeds from book sales benefit the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and sustain their work in the community. Volunteers Needed: to help set up the sale, Volunteer Info: 10 volunteers needed to help with set-up the book sale at the civic auditorium. For More Information/To Get Involved: contact Ron D’Alessandro, dalessandror@santacruzpl.org / 831.427.7707
  • Fall Book Sale, The Friends of The Santa Cruz Libraries, Saturday, November 19th, (4pm-6pm), @ The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. About: Proceeds from book sales benefit the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and sustain t PublicVolunteers needed to help set up the sale, Volunteer Info: 10 volunteers needed to clean-up the auditorium and return books to the storage locker. For More Information/To Get Involved: contact Ron D’Alessandro, dalessandror@santacruzpl.org / 831.427.7707
  • Swingtime Cafe Thanksgiving Meal, Thursday, November 24th from 11am-2:30pm (flexible shifts available), @ The SwingTime Cafe in Watsonville, 19 West Lake Avenue, Watsonville, Ca 95076 About: SwingTime Cafe owner Peggy will be hosting a free Thanksgiving luncheon for those in need. Volunteer Info: 20-25 volunteers needed to set-up, serve & clean-up For More Information/To Get Involved, call Peggy, 831.840. 2601

DECEMBER-FLEX PROJECTS

  • Quail Hollow Ranch County Park Restoration–CA Native Plant Society, Sat. December 17th, 10am-1pm, Park entrance on Quail Hollow Road (Meet in Parking Lot on left-hand side of the entrance road)About: Join CA Native Plant Society as they work to eradicate non-native plant species across Santa Cruz County. Volunteers Needed: to assist with removing non-native French broom to protect and restore the beautiful sand hills in Quail Hollow ranch. Tools provided. Please wear comfortable, layered clothing and bring work gloves and H2o. This group works rain or shine. For More Information/ To Get Involved: Contact Linda Brodman, 831.462.4041 or write to redwdrn@pacbell.net.  Chapter Website: http://www.cruzcnps.org


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Coffee Beats Skin Cancer Two Ways – Health Tip – RealAge.

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Coffee Beats Skin Cancer Two Ways

By RealAge

This Week’s Tips

 Could your morning cup of Joe beat back skin cancer? It might. And it seems you may get equal protection from your java whether you sip it or slather it.

It’s the caffeine in coffee that seems to do the trick. Numerous animal studies have already found that ingesting caffeine protects against certain types of skin cancer. Now, a new study suggests that caffeine-based lotions may prevent the sun’s UV radiation from sparking skin cancer in humans, too.

Cancer-Curbing Coffee?
In the study, human skin cells were first bathed in caffeine in a lab dish and then exposed to UVB radiation. The caffeine not only blocked two key mechanisms that trigger the birth of skin tumors, it also caused the death of UVB-damaged skin cells that could otherwise turn cancerous. More research is needed to confirm whether caffeine in sunscreen will protect as well as it did in a petri dish, but it can’t hurt to ask your dermatologist or pharmacist about available caffeine-containing sunscreens. (There are a few on the market today.) Check your sunscreen’s label for these other protective ingredients, too.

From the Cup or Tube?
Since sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most common form of cancer (up to 2 million cases of non-melanoma cancer each year), caffeine, whether from a cup or a tube, could be one of the least expensive ways to protect your skin. (Try these sweet and savory EatingWell recipes made with coffee.) If you get the jitters from coffee or other caffeinated beverages, simply stick to decaf and use a caffeine-containing sunscreen, instead

Also give these other skin-protective strategies, a try:

Drink Alcohol for a Better Brain – Health Tip – RealAge.

Drink This Beverage for a Better Brain

By RealAge

This Week’s Tips

Can’t decide whether to order wine with dinner? Here’s a little tidbit to help you make up your mind: Deciding “yes” might protect you from dementia down the road.

A review of the findings suggests older adults who indulge in a daily glass (one if you’re a woman, two if you’re a man) of their favorite alcoholic beverage (wine, beer, or cocktails) are significantly less likely to develop age-related cognitive decline or dementia compared to folks who don’t drink at all.

Booze for the Brain
How does imbibing do this? Researchers think the daily habit may protect against inflammation-inducing proteins in the brain, including B-amyloid — a toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Other findings suggest that moderate drinking can boost cerebral blood flow by dilating vessels in the brain. One part of alcohol’s brain-protective equation: It’s thought that moderate social drinking may have a cumulative effect over many years in reducing the long-term risk of age-related cognitive decline. (Related: Have your eyes checked to stave off Alzheimer’s disease.)

Think It Through
A word of caution: Some people are more prone to alcoholism than others, so if the disease runs in your family, or you’ve had a spot or two of binge drinking in the past, consider adopting alternative strategies to keep your noggin’ humming along. A light drinking habit that turns into a heavy one can damage, rather than protect, your brain. Check out these additional brain-shielding strategies:

Know someone with Alzheimer’s? Check out these helpful resources.