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Page 1"4 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 The Bilingual c,, Corner LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Ci capita a volte di leggere soprattutto sulla stampa italiana, delle notizie che ci rammentano chela dieta italiana aumenta la memoria, piu' esattamente le capacita' cognitive e riduce il rischio della demenza. Come dunque salvare la memoria? Basta ricordarsi di mangiare i cibi della tradizione, quelli della dieta mediterranea. Mentre continuano gli studi in Italia apprendiamo, da uno studio spagnolo alruniversita' di Barcellona, basato su anziani ad alto rischio cardiopvascolare, chela dieta mediterranea migliora le capacita' cerebrali, come I'olio d'oliva che aumenta la memoria a breve termine, ed assieme al caffe' aiuta a fermare i ricordi a lungo termine. Poi ci sono le noci che migliorano la memoria 'di lavoro', ed il; vino rosso che consente di ottenere migliori punteggi agli esami, che misurano le funzioni cognitive, e grazie ai 'cibi mediterranei' ricchi di antiossidanti , si riduce il rischio di deficit cognitivo e demenza. La prevenzione con la dieta mediterranea potrebbe diminuire i costi associati all'Alzhaimer, che oggi in Italia ammontano a 50,000 euro all'anno per paziente, per un totale di oltre 30 miliardi di euro l'anno fra costi sociali e sanitari. Questo studio e' stato segnalato dai geriatrici della Societa' Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria, secondo cui gli antiossidanti e soprattutto i polifenoli contenuti nell'olio, vino, caffe' e noci sono gli aUeati piu' preziosi per mantenere il cervello sano, e molto a lungo. In conclusion, e' assolutamente essenziale che per essere in buona salute bisogna seguire strettamente la dieta meditteranea.. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... We have often the opportunity to read in the Italian press news that reminds us how the Mediterranean diet enhances the memory, particularly the cognitive capaci- ties and lessens the risk of dementia. Well, how to protect the memory? It is imperative to remember to eat the 'traditional food,' the one very closely associated with the Mediterranean diet. While in Italy research continues, we learn from Spanish studies, conducted at the University of Barcelona, that the Mediterranean diet followed by elderly people with a high risk of cardiovascular pathology improves the brain's capacity, particularly with olive oil, which improves the memory and along with coffee helps to per- petuate memories for a long time. There are also nuts, which improve the 'labor memory' and red wine which help to get better grades (during mental exams which measure cognitive functions). Thanks to the 'Mediterranean food,' which is full with antioxidants, the risk of cognitive defi- ciencies and dementia are cut down. Prevention with the use of the 'diet,' could also reduce the cost associated with Alzheimers, of 50,000 euro a year per patient, in Italy and can run to over 30 billion euro (@ $28 billion) annually in social and health costs. The Spanish study was quoted by the geriatricians of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics who maintain that the use of antioxidants, par- ticularly the polyphenols, present in live oil, wine, coffee and nuts, are the most precious allies to keep the brains healthy for a long time. In conclusion, it is absolutely essential that in order to stay healthy, it is necessary to strictly follow the Mediterranean diet. News Briefs (Continued from Page i) and then evil folks start roaming and plundering the helpless. These horrible pho- tos were repeated in the Breezy Point section of Queens, Staten Island, Rock- ville Centre and all along the Jersey Shore communi- ties. Atlantic City looked like a Tsunami ran through it. Whole communities de- stroyed, lives killed and hopes evaporated. Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally came to his senses and killed this year's New York Marathon but in Atlantic City they ap- parently still want to report- edly re-open the casinos as soon as possible. The whole Atlantic City area is looking like a "craps" table and ca- sino owners want to open up quickly? How about first rebuilding whole residential communities destroyed last week? It was Amazing And Irritating to See the Liberal Bias Endlessly Right up to the very end the liberal news media con- tinued printing misstate- ments concerning the as- sault in Benghazi. The Bay State Banner ran an opinion piece by Earl Ofari Hutchin- son. Republican criticism of Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans this past September 11 th get labeled the "GOP's Libyan Hit." According to the Hutchinson piece, "Obama vigorously condemned the embassy act as an act of terror." Not so. In his first statement after the attack he never said Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Go check the tran- script. This is something liberals find inconvenient because it takes them off message. Of course liberals also say there was no link to Al- Qaeda as if there aren't all kinds of terrorists running around the world these days. At least Hutchinson's rant was labeled opinion but too often even news stories come out sounding like opinion pieces. Mother Jones even tried throwing Ann Romney under the bus,wln,lle said it was time for a grown up in the Oval Office. Her remarks were called racist by liberals who said "grown up" looked like a code word for "boy." Getting Back to Libya Now it turns out that in the months leading up to the most recent September 11 th terrorist attacks in Benghazi the Obama White House received intel that Islamic extremist groups were oper- ating training camps in the mountains near Beng- hazi and that some of the trainees were AI-Qaeda lean- ing. Prior to his death, Ambassador Chris Stevens e-mailed superiors in August that "a security vacuum" existed there. Priorities for Local Media Coverage of Sandy More people watched The Weather Channel last week during Hurricane Sandy. Perhaps, because it covered in detail just what was hap- pening as Sandy moved up the Eastern Seaboard on its way to a direct hit on the Jersey Shores and environs. Back here on Boston TV, we were getting lots of news about the seawall in Win- throp and Wollaston Beach and down in Scituate watch- ing the waves bang up against homes and boats but hardly any news about the devastation to our immedi- ate south in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Our troubles were minor compared to the death and destruction there. Shouldn't our TV outlets have been giving us more on what was happening down there as opposed to more live shots from Winthrop Beach? Just asking. I know it is always about ratings which probably explains why The Weather Channel was num- ber one during and in the aftermath of Sandy. L'Anno Bello (Continued from Page 4) St. Martin's Day. While largely forgotten here in the United States, many Euro- pean countries continue to celebrate this feast day hon- oring St. Martin of Tours. In Scandinavia and Central Eu- rope, St. Martin's Day is cel- ebrated with feasts of roast goose that mark the end of the harvest season. Chil- dren in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands dress up and go from door to door receiving candies, fruits, and coins, similar to the American tradition of trick- or-treating. In Italy, St. Martin's Day is known as Giorno di San Martino. My fa- ther, speaking in a sing- song voice, tells me of an Italian saying that declares: "San Martino, fail vino." Translated, this means that St. Martin's Day is the day to make wine. Across the Italian countryside, people taste the new wine of the year and complement it with banquets featuring autum- nal staples like chestnuts. St. Martin's Day is like an earlier, European-style ver- sion of Thanksgiving, call- ing people back to their homes on these cold days to revel in the company of fam- ily and food. I love reviving forgotten holidays, and last year on St. Martin's Eve, I sat down to a dinner with my family replete with delicious pumpkin gnocchi my mother had made from a recipe in the inimitable book Festa by Helen Barolini. I think we'll make those gnocchi again this year! If there is a common thread which ties Veterans' Day and St. Martin's Day to- gether, it is memory. Veter- ans' Day focuses on the memories and the wisdom of those experienced war and fought for their country. To- day, Veterans' Day conjures recollections of stories re- peated in my family about those who survived World War II: how my teenaged grandmother had to abandon her studies in Naples to es- cape the prevalent bombings, and how my father's family helped hide British soldiers from the roving German squadrons that wandered the town of Sulmona. St. Martin's Day brings families together for moments of cel- ebration and companion- ship, allowing people to ben- efit from each other's in- sight and love. These holi- days stress the importance of community, and they both share the same date, a day of camaraderie and respect in the chilly November air. "LIFE ISN'T TIED WITH A BOW, BUT IT'S STILL A GIFT -- SO LIVE WELL, LOVE MUCH, AND LAUGH OFTEN." Ally Di Censo is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at adicenso89@gmail, com. On Sale Now.* THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA Mario Testino (Continued his creative journey in pur- suit m and in celebration -- of beauty. Testino's photo- graphs are bold, graphic and "in your face." The exhibition illustrates fashion, elegance, sex and nudity, reflecting the photographer's unique aesthetic and stylistic range. Among the many famous faces on view are Jennifer Lopez, Keith Richards, Kate Winslet and Ashton Kutcher. Testino is highly regarded for the photographs of Brit- ish royalty he has been com- missioned to take through- out his career and he has chosen his personal favor- ites for the exhibition Brit- ish Royal Portraits. "I have been so fortunate to have documented key moments in the lives of the British royal family. I have always from Page 6) been inspired by their sense of tradition and duty -- it is always a huge honor for me to photograph them and I am delighted that many of these pictures will be on display, together for the first time, in the Herb Ritts gallery at the MFA," said Testino. British Royal Portraits is the first U.S. showing of the 2010 engagement portraits Testino was commissioned to take of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 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