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The New York Times had a blog posting over the weekend that had good news for those of us who drink a lot of coffee:

"In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than 400,000 volunteers, ages 50 to 71, who were free of major diseases at the study’s start in 1995. By 2008, more than 50,000 of the participants had died. But men who reported drinking two or three cups of coffee a day were 10 percent less likely to have died than those who didn’t drink coffee, while women drinking the same amount had 13 percent less risk of dying during the study. It’s not clear exactly what coffee had to do with their longevity, but the correlation is striking.

And:

"In a 2012 study of humans, researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami tested the blood levels of caffeine in older adults with mild cognitive impairment, or the first glimmer of serious forgetfulness, a common precursor of Alzheimer’s disease, and then re-evaluated them two to four years later. Participants with little or no caffeine circulating in their bloodstreams were far more likely to have progressed to full-blown Alzheimer’s than those whose blood indicated they’d had about three cups’ worth of caffeine."
KC's View:
The piece made clear that much research remains to be done, and that cause-and-effect are hardly a scientific lock ... but that it looks like a pretty good bet that three cups of coffee a day probably are good for your health.

Or at least wouldn't hurt.

And since I drink three cups of coffee generally before 7:30 am as I work on MNB, I think of this as pretty good news.