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Does a Low-Calorie Diet Equal a Longer Life?

The National Institutes of Health launch the first-ever human study of a super-low calorie diet. Studies on laboratory animals have shown for years that cutting calories by a third can boost lifespan by 30 percent. NPR's Eric Niiler reports.

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Eric Niiler
Eric Niiler reports for NPR's national desk. His work can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and other NPR newsmagazines. Before moving to his current post, Niiler was a reporter for NPR's Day to Day program, and also filed pieces for NPR's national and science desks.