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Low-Calorie Diet Doesn't Extend Life In Monkeys
2012-08-30 10:42:33

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers recently discovered that, while calorie restriction has short-term health benefits for monkeys, it doesn´t necessarily increase their life span. According to the Wall Street Journal, in the past, calorie restriction was thought to increase longevity by 30 to 40 percent in experiments done with lab mice and rats. In 2009, the idea of caloric restriction became more popular when a study by the Wisconsin National...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'