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New research shows that people who a lot longer. The study was out by researchers from Yale University in the USA. The researchers said reading keeps the mind active, helps stress and makes us better care of our health. The researchers said that books help the brain more than newspapers and magazines, but any kind of reading will us to live longer. Even reading for half an hour a day could us to longer. In the study, researchers at the lifestyles of 3,500 men and women over a 12-year period. They looked at their reading habits, health, lifestyle and their education. All of the people at least 50 years old at the start of the research.

The study in the journal 'Social Science and Medicine'. It found that people who read for up to 3.5 hours a week were 17 per cent less likely to during the study’s 12-year research period than those who read no books. Those who for more than 3.5 hours a week were 23 per cent less likely to die. Researcher Becca Levy said: "Older individuals, regardless of gender, health, wealth or education, the survival advantage of reading books." She people watching TV for reading to live longer. She said: "Individuals over the age of 65 an average of 4.4 hours per day watching television. Efforts to leisure time into reading books could to beneficial."

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