11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Burger King in Japan sells a burger with all-black fixings (cheese, bun, sauce). (Learn more at USA Today) 2. It’s possible to rob a store armed with nothing more than a banana. (Learn more at Buzzfeed) 3. Four out of five heart attacks can be prevented. (Learn more at AARP) >>10 Strange Destinations to Visit 4. “Multidisciplinary analysis” tops a recently declassified list of the CIA’s most-hated cliches. (Learn more at Washington Post) 5. …

Volunteering May Reduce Heart Attacks in Older Americans

As you try to make good on your New Year’s resolution to be healthier, make sure that volunteering is a regular part of your routine. Research from several studies shows that older Americans who volunteer live longer and report having a higher quality of life compared to those who do not. The Journal of Psychology and Aging reports that volunteering regularly reduces depression and increases overall satisfaction in life for older adults. Comorbidity of depression and cardiovascular disease has long …

The Takeaway: Not Worried About the Heat? You Should Be; Debt Ceiling Updates

The summer heat wave that continues to blister the nation has claimed 13 lives in the Midwest, including a 65-year-old Kansas man who died while mowing his lawn. His internal body temperature was 107 degrees, police said. Still not worried about the heat? You should be. Also: How to protect yourself during a heat wave. (If might even be too hot to do what the guy on the left is doing.)