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

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

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