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Secrets of being an entrepreneur

By Pichaya Changsorn / The Nation
Published on December 15, 2008

Taokeinoi, Oishi chiefs say it takes more than just money to succeed

Tan Passakornnate fought his way up from being a hauler, salesman, and many other occupations before becoming the famous "green tea" entrepreneur, the president of Oishi. So, how much more difficult is it doing business in today's environment compared to the past? Tan says although it was much easier to start up in the earlier days, one may find it much easier now to grow and expand.

"In the past, doing business was easy but it was difficult to grow. But now it's difficult to do but easier to expand," he said.

Personal Growth - Psychology

Key vitamin deficiency linked to tripled risk of dementia: study

Tue Feb 5, 2008 9:25 AM ET

Lack of folate, also called vitamin B-9, may triple the risk of developing dementia in old age, according to a study published Tuesday.

Researchers in South Korea measured naturally occurring folate levels in 518 elderly persons, none of whom showed any signs of dementia, and then tracked their development over 2.4 years.

At the end of the period, 45 of the patients had developed dementia, including 34 diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, said the study, published by the British Medical Association's Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Personal Growth - Psychology

Naps May Boost Memory

Dave Mosher / LiveScience Staff Writer
Mon Jan 7, 10:40 AM ET

If you want to remember the information in this article, take a nap.

New research conducted by brain researcher Avi Karni of the University of Haifa in Israel explores the possibility that naps help lock in sometimes fleeting long-term memories. A 90-minute daytime snooze might help the most, the study finds.

"We still don't know the exact mechanism of the memory process that occurs during sleep, but the results of this research suggest the possibility that it is possible to speed up memory consolidation," Karni said. "In the future, we may be able to do it artificially."

Long-term memory refers to memories that stay with us for years, such as "what" memories — a car accident that happened yesterday — or "how to" memories, such as one's learned ability to play the drums or tear it up in a game of soccer.

Personal Growth - Psychology

Blogging boosts your social life: research

By Claudine Ryan for ABC Science Online
Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008 4:23pm AEDT

Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new Australian research has found.

The research, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog.


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