Cutting calories doesn't mean a longer lifespan, says a new study. The Wall Street Journal reports that reducing caloric intake, which works to extend the life of mice, rats and possibly monkeys, doesn't necessarily translate to humans, so folks shouldn't consider that method a "Holy Grail" for extending life.
Most U.S. schools, says HealthDay, are unprepared for pandemics – a new study found that less than 50 percent of schools include pandemic preparedness in their plans. Since 2009's swine flu pandemic, only 40 percent have updated their plans.
Compare the U.S. to the three industrialized nations of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and you'll find that the States are doing the worst when it comes to its potentially preventable death rate. Health Affairs says it's also the slowest when it comes to improving its performance in preventing deaths that could have been staved off with health care.
If you're a male chocolate-lover, Reuters has some sweet, sweet news for you: A new study has found men who "regularly indulge" may have a lower stroke risk. But bad news for the stressed, type-A personalities out there: U.S. News & World Report says your stroke risk is higher than your peers'.
NPR has news on the increase in cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis around the world, and the Los Angeles Times has an explainer on hantavirus, which has made headlines recently because of an unprecedented outbreak of the disease at Yosemite National Park.
Finally, according to research appearing in Psychological Reports, changing the lighting and music in a restaurant can affect a customer's mood – increasing satisfaction while at the same time reducing caloric intake. As the authors suggest: Your move, fast-food joints.
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