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we have our own victims of war here in america. there were headlines recently when a 76-year-old veteran shot himself to death outside a va hospital in north port new york. suicides by vets happen on average, 20 times a day. tonight, jim axelrod has a remarkable story about an organization that is helping to rescue, vets in distress. >> after two tours in iraq,
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after trying to drink himself past the demons that darkened his mind and after a second member of his old platoon committed suicide, frank lesnefsky got help. in his therapist's office he can talk about his post-traumatic stress instead of being haunted by it. >> you know the tension across my chest. >> i was immobilized. like being frozen. just watching time pass. it's crazy. >> lesnefsky hit his own bottom and contemplated taking his own life. >> i had a great person tell me once that -- you know, don't -- so, they're killing us, they're killing us over there and they're still killing us here. the guy told me don't let it happen. don't give them that satisfaction and let them know that. >> reporter: in 2014 he found phelp at headstrong. a nonprofit whose mission is helping any vet who needs it,
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deal with their hidden wound. no cost. no win. >> that's all it takes. >> now, lesnefsky is leading by example. a very public example. the tentative steps towards healing first taken in therapy have turned into strong purposeful stride. sharing his struggle with the 20 million followers of the popular blog humans of new york. >> there is an old man fishing in the same spot every single day. and, so one day this 15-year-old kid ride up on a scooter and drops a bomb behind him. i always just honor the human form. now i have come to a place where the human body is shredded and stomped and blown to bits. and it's just wasn't me. i used to be jokey, i used to be goofy, i was frank from north scranton, and i know i won't be that again. >> reporter: so far more than a dozen stories have been published. we asked a few bloggers to read what they posted. like chris wilson who described
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the burden of wartime leadership still with him even after the shooting has stopped. >> you don't do your job people will die over and over. it was drilled into me, people would die if i messed up. nine guys died. it's been extreme leap hard to forgive myself. >> others like jenny pacanowski, described the battle they fought once they arrived back home. >> for a long time when i got back i isolated myself in a cabin and drank all the time. then at one point i decided i was going to try everything possible to feel better. and if nothing worked, i was going to kill myself. god, this is harder to talk about than bombs. >> these folks are just as courageous as folks who do something physically daunting on the battlefield because they are baring their physical wound in
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order to help a broader community and save lives. >> reporter: headstrong's director, retired marine captain, zachary iscol, teamed up to get the word out. recovery is possible. but you have got to ask for help. >> to sit there and watch somebody be vulnerable and possibly read their story and say, you know what, i'm going through that too. but i am not talking about it. i need to. >> reporter: it took a lot of therapy to release this type of self-torment. therapy is the only reason i can talk about these thing today. >> now i can own it. i can say this is who i am. this is what i have been through. >> reporter: there is an importance in just sharing the story? >> absolutely. i can tell other people there is a way out. there is a way to get better. why not take it? >> reporter: when you are fighting a battle where the wounds are invisible. >> just being consumed by the feeling. >> reporter: true courage is letting others see them. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york.
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>> help is available. coming up next, a final victory for a world war ii veteran. and, the government said a college didn't make the grade so 40,000 students are forced to drop out.
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tonight, 40,000 students and 8,000 employees are studying their next move. because itt tech one of the largest for-profit colleges shut down yesterday with little warning. don dahler is looking into this. >> i haven't even told my mom. >> reporter: this group of itt technical institute nursing students came to the merrillville indiana campus to find answers, instead locked doors three months from graduation. >> you are right at the finish line. planning parties. you are ready.
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no it is not happening. >> i have been really struggling to be a mom and just do it all and to be able to do it, full time student. it has been very difficult. and all of that cannot go to waste. >> students were notified by e-mails. federal and state agencies have been investigating the college on allegations of luring students in with deceptive promises. and leaving them with more debt than job prospects. last month the department of education banned itt from enrolling new students who receive federal aid. that turned out to be the death sentence since 80% of itt students depend on that aid. itt is one of a handful of for profit colleges to come under intense scrutiny in the last year. missouri senator, claire mccaskill. >> they were not getting the job done, not producing garage war, not producing job ready garage
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graduates. >> our dream its to be nursz, we want to help people, genuinely help people. they won't allow us. >> reporter: itt calls this a lawless execution caused by the department of education. students can now apply to have their federal loans forgiven or scott they can try to have those credits transferred to another school. >> don dahler, thanks. up next, the new iphone, apple takes an ax to the jacks. ♪ music
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today apple unveiled its iphone 7, but two traditional apple features were missing. the headphone jack and the magic. apple stock was flat as a tablet today. so we asked john blackstone whether apple is losing appeal.
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>> reporter: at apple's annual launch of new products. -- >> it is the best iphone that we have ever created. >> reporter: introducing iphone 7 today, ceo tim cook gushed over the success of apple's flag ship product. >> we have now sold over 1 billion of them. [ applause ] this makes iphone the best selling product of its kind in the history of the world. >> reporter: this past year for the first time, apple sold fewer iphones than the year before with revenue dropping 27%. apple's counting on new features added to iphone 7 to bring buyers back. scott stein, senior editor. >> i think there were upgrade people wanted to see on previous iphones, water resistance, battery life that doesn't add up to something that sound immediately exciting if youness necessarily take the plunge. >> reporter: the price is $649. these are expensive products. >> they're very expensive. >> reporter: to combat sticker shock, cook talked up the
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company $32 a month lease plan that lets users get the latest iphone directly from apple every year. >> basically the way i look to think the iphone is a dollar a day product. tech analyst, horace dedieu. one way to think of apple. little different than waiting for a big hit every few years. >> reporter: some users worry what is not on the new iphone, the hole in the bottom to plug in the ear phone jack is gone. ear phones will use apple's lightning connector or $159, scott, apple will sell you wireless ear phones. >> john blackstone, thank you. coming up next, a pioneer for women scores one last victory.
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we end tonight with a long overdue honor for a veteran of world war ii. elaine harmon of maryland, died last year at age 95, was laid to rest today in america's premier military cemetery after winning one final battle. here is david martin. [ "taps" plays ] >> reporter: it took an act of congress for elaine harmon's ashes in the arlington cemetery. >> my grandmother and other members of the wasp were the
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first will tine fly military aircraft for the united states military. >> reporter: erin miller was proud of her grandmother's service training the men who went into combat. >> reporter: my grandmother's last wishes were to have her ashes inurned at arlington national cemetery. >> reporter: so she had to store her grandmother's ashes in a closet. that its not a very dignified resting place? >> no, certainly is not a very dignified resting place. we didn't know what else to do. >> congresswoman martha mcsally one of the first women to fly combat aircraft introduced a bill to allow wasps into arlington. >> the fact that they were told they couldn't has them thinking this is one last slap in the face of sexism. thought it was over. and it was just this one last element of not being treated fairly.
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>> mcsally's bell was passed and signed into law in five months. the speed of light in politically gridlocked washington. >> i see a tattoo on your forearm there, is that the bill. >> this is our bill number, yes. >> that's pretty intense. she, this is so important. so meaningful to her. that this was made right for her grandmother that she chose to memorialize it in that way. >> reporter: elaine harmon's ashes came off the shelf transferred by erin and her mother into a handcarved urn. only 100 wasps are still alive and eligible to be inurned at arlington. >> we want to make sure we made this right as fast as possible for those that are still with us. >> reporter: a year and a half after she passed away at 95, she was granted her last wish. and with it an honor she hadn't asked for. a fly-over by world war ii vintage planes. david martin, cbs news, arlington, national cemetery. and that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little bit later for the morning news and of course, cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
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this is the "overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news, i'm vladamir dut tichlt ers. capitol hill was abuzz when florida congressman david jolly showed up on the house floor with a container of mosquitoes. making a point about congress not funding the fight against the zika virus. turns out, mosquito larva and not mosquitoes they weren't infected with zika any way. in florida the virus spread. 56 confirmed cases of locally transmitted infections and the battle is turning ugly. dozens turned out in miami to protest the use of a powerful pesticide to kill mosquitos that
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carry zika. >> reporter: the chemical used, an insecticide, naled sprayed over the city in a mist. every expert said such a fine, small amount it is harmless to humans. i got to till you trying to convince people here in miami beach that it is harmless is proving difficult. just yesterday, miami beach began ground spraying using bti, slowly kills mosquito larvae. with mosquito counts on the rise that fight will be taken to the air as it was in the miami neighborhood of wynwood last month. planes carrying a neurotoxin, naled will be used to target adult mosquitoes over a 1 1/2 square mile area of miami beach. naled band by the european union. the epa website says it is used in this country since 1959 without posing unreasonable risks. when applied according to the label. at high doses however, it can overstimulate the nervous system.
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causing nausea, dizziness, or confusion. >> epa says it is safe. >> yes. >> do you believe that? >> as the mayor? >> will i believe that the epa, it is telling us the truth the i believe the cdc on their website, explains specifically, and exactly what aerial spraying is about. >> cdc previously said aerial spraying over miami beach wouldn't work due to high rise buildings and wind currents. the use of naled is causing an uproar on social media. residents petitioning local and state leaders to reverse decision. one of them is alberto gross. he lived on miami beach for seven years. >> the solution could be just as bad as the problem. you know, why are they doing this? why aren't they listening to residents of miami beach? >> president obama wraps up his historic visit to laos on final day of the southeast asian summit. the president and leaders attend a gala dinner, all smiles and champagne toast. mr. obama had a short meeting with the president of the
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philippines days earlier referred to the president as the son of a whore. mr. obama is the first sitting president to visit the land locked nation, dealing with the aftermath of the vietnam war. more on that from margaret brennan. >> reporter: president obama says the u.s. has a moral responsibility to help the victims of america's secret war in laos. it was one of the largest covert cia operations in history and it left laos, the most heavily bombed country in the world. the prosthetic limbs dangling above president obama were a stark reminder of the wound still caused by the american bombing decade ago. >> we are reminded that war is always carry tremendous costs. many unintended. >> during the war in neighboring vietnam, u.s. war planes dropped 270 million cluster bombs on laos to cut off military supply lines. 80 million did not explode.
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there have been 20,000 casualties since the war ended. phong manithong, maimed and blinded at 16. a friend gave him what looked look a toy ball. it was a bomb that suddenly exploded in his hand. >> i feel lots of pain on my body. and i feel like -- i, i was in fire. >> reporter: for a year after the devastating accident. phong was afraid to leave home. surprisingly he is not angry at the country that dropped the bomb. >> i forgive you i forgive everyone because angry doesn't get you any good thing. >> reporter: across laos hard to miss the imprints from the ombs. [ explosion ] clearing unexploded munitions is painstakingly slow. at the current rate it would take 50 years to remove the tiny
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bombs. 300 people are killed or maim each year. >> you can see there is lots of heavy contamination in the area. >> simon rea of mines advisory group said the president's pledge of $90 million will help speed up removal. >> with the announcement of funding that will please a lot of lao people, they understand the americans are committed here and taking their responsibilities seriously. >> reporter: that aid money while much needed is not enough to complete the clean-up or to help all of those left handicapped and damaged. >> donald trump is vowing a big increase in military spending if he is elected. >> whether we like it or not, that's what is going on. >> more ships, more submarines, more fighter jets and called hillary clinton "trigger happy and very unstable." >> she is also reckless, so reckless in fact that she put
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her e-mails on an illegal server that our enemies could easily hack. and probably have. then, clinton's team used a technology called bleachbit, which is basically acid. and this is going to acid wash her e-mails. who would do this? and nobody does it because of the expense. who would do this? they even took a hammer to some of her 13 phones, to cover up her tracks in obstruction of justice. these e-mail record were destroyed after she received a subpoena. remember that word. after. after, she received a subpoena from congress. >> hillary clinton is dismissing trump's criticism of her as well as his military plans. nancy cordes reports. >> he says he has a secret plan to defeat isis. the secret is he has no plan. >> reporter: clinton likened trump to a two bit scam artist trying to pull one over the american people. >> the list goes on and on, the
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scams, the frauds, the questionable relationships. >> got tickled the other day when mr. trump called y foundation a criminal enterprise. >> in durham, north carolina her husband went after trump's foundation for illegally donating $25,000 to a group with ties to a key official. >> he made a political contribution to the attorney general of florida who at the time had her office investigating trump university. and mysteriously the investigation vanished. >> hillary clinton could have her own investigations, to worry about. >> i want to get to the truth make sure this never happens again. top house republican, sent a letter to the u.s. attorney in d.c., urging him to examine why a computer specialist deleted secretary clinton's e-mail archives in march of 2015, even after a congressional subpoena had been issued. >> what did he do or not do with those documents? because the proximity and the
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timeline is stunning. >> clinton accused him of scandal mongoring. >> clinton was asked why the e-mails were deleted when they were, she claimed she didn't know anything about how it happened. even though it happened a year and a half ago now. the national museum of
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the national museum of african-american history and culture opens this month at the smithsonian in washington. one of the exhibits will focus on the role of african-american women in the early days of the u.s. space program. jan crawford has the story. >> four, three, two, one. >> reporter: it was a race to secure america's future at the forefront of space. >> we have liftoff. >> reporter: fueled by men brave enough to travel where no one had gone before. >> that's one small step for man, one vast leap for mankind. >> boy. >> reporter: the astronauts were superstars. engineers the stuff of movie legend. but america's triumph in the space race was made possible by another group the country didn't see.
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they were called human computers, and they were women, many of them african-american, hired by nasa to hand calculate, propulsion, lift, thrust and trajectory. >> they had to make sure the planes were safe, that the planes were fast. they were efficient. that the astronaut went into space and came back safely. this was life or death. >> this is life or death. importance. do the work right. do it right the first time. >> daughter of a nasa scientist, was raised in hampton, virginia, the same town where these women once worked. a hidden history that had been staring her in the face. >> it is not a first or an only story. it's a story of a group of women given a chance an who performed and who opened doors for the women behind them. >> the book "hidden figures" and upcoming movie. >> what do you do for nasa? >> reporter: the story of a small band of black women joined the space program in the 50s and 60s, challenging a segregated
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system. >> quite a few women working in the space pre gram. >> one of the women katherine johnson. on her 98th birthday she still lives by the same motto her father told her when she was young. >> you are as good as any body here. >>-up took that to heart. >> yeah, and you know what -- are no worse, you are no better. >> she figured the trajectory of the space flight, verified the numbers, in john glenn's orbit. in 1969, her numbers helped the apolo mission land on the moon. >> every number, every research report everything they did was directed at expanding the concept of what was possible for people who looked like them. >> reporter: working in the jim
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crow south, these women were relegated to the back of the bus to get to work couldn't use the same bathrooms or sit at lunch tables. langley's newly diverse work force made it not just a flight laboratory but a social experiment. >> do you think there is something about math that it -- it doesn't matter, it's -- it is the equalizer. >> what you are doing is either right or wrong in math. >> leiland melvin started at nasa after johnson retired. >> her name was spoken in reference. katherine johnson. >> an engineer and astronaut that flew on two missions. >> they were the barrier breakers, that helped people see, there were opportunities at nasa. takes a few people to establish a foothold, no matter what that foothold is. >> it really is a story about the american dream. >> reporter: and the struggle for the american dream.
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>> struggle for the american dream. what i really hope this story does is fuse these different histories to the american team. just because the protagonists of the book are black women does not mean in any way this is less an american story. >> for cbs this morning, jan crawford, hampton, virginia. >> the cbs "overnight news" will be right back. ♪ i don't think that's how they're made. klondike hooks up with tasty flavors... the best ice cream bars ever conceived.
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♪ ♪ this summer marks the 100th anniversary of the national park service. we have been reporting on our natural gems. and some of the animals who live there. today, connor knighten has the story of the devil's hole puff fish. >> reporter: death valley is the largest national park in the low er 48 united states. it protects acres along the california/nevada border. look closely at a map. you will notice there are 40 additional acres. 60 miles from everything else. far down this lonely gravel road, you will find this extra piece of the park. they call it devil's hole.
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a trip to devil's hole feels like you discovered a super villain's lair, in the middle of nowhere and the barbed wire fence. there are security cameras, wind speed monitors, all for a hole in the ground. if something seems a little fishy, well that's because, it is. the devil's hole puff fish became one of the first listed species to endangered species preservation act in 1967, which became the endangered species act. >> the devil's hole puff fish is one of the rarest fish in the word. this hole in the the desert is the only place you can find it. it its actually considered the smallest habitat known for a vertebrate species in the word. 10 feet width, 60 feet in length. they use the top 20 feet where the algae grows. food is available. kevin wilson is aquatic ecologist in the driest place in
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north america. >> when we walk down here, just be careful of your footing. >> reporter: thousand of years ago the region was covered in water and how the puff fish arrived at devil's hole. >> still -- still trying to figure it out. still has the us asking questions, why, how? a special place. it gets me up in the morning. coming to work. >> this morning is especially exciting. it is fish counting day. >> i got the analyzer, cam calibrated for you guys. >> reporter: twice a year a group of divers spends a week end heading into the hole to count. >> did you bring your special flash light today. the fish are in constant danger of extinction. >> we reached ultimate low, all time low, 35 observable fish in the spring of 2013. >> reporter: most fish can be counted from surface. for the cave divers, a risky endeavor. in the 1960s who, teenagers died, exploring devil's hole.
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their bodies were never recovered. nobody actually knows how deep the hole goes. >> we know that divers have been to 436 feet. they did not see a bottom. >> devils hole is an aquifer, 93 degree water here runs under the region. which puts farmers in search of water against environmentalists fighting for pup fish survival. >> it was a private company drilled the well. as soon as they turned on the well, the water started to climb and the population. the conversationists, federal government task force raised the alar. >> landmark case that went all the way to the supreme court in 1976. the farmers versus the fish. when the fish won, and the
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pumping was regulated it led to a lot of resentment. >> there are people that are really anti-puff fish, it does regulate water rights and development in the area. people have threatened. say let's throw a couple bottles of bleach in here. we do have to be careful. >> hence the barbed wire and cameras. not long after my visit. surveillance video captured three locals, breaking in to skinny dip. beer and vomit were found in the water. fortunately only one pup fish was killed. it could have been a lot worse. which is why there is a second devil's hole. >> in case they go extinct in the wild. we have a backup. >> luke oliver its raising the puff fish in captivity. a building a mile from their natural habitat. >> cat tails in there. >> the facility was built to replicate the devil's hole and cost $4.5 million. which may seem like a lot of money to save a tiny little fish. but, for kevin wilson, the pup fish are just as important as the bald eagle.
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>> the they're a beautiful fish. very inquisitive. when we enter to the water, they will come up and swim in front of our mask so we can learn from this species. in a region so inhospitable to life they named it death valley, these tiny fish are still managing to survive. >> author/journalist tom wolfe has never been shy, challenging accepted society. in his book, kingdom of speech, he tries to debunk darwin's theory evolution. jeff glor has the the story. >> he stalks his neighborhood like an immaculate white persian cat. >> doesn't matter what year, 1981, 60 minutes. 2006 with sunday morning. >> don't miss out on the big apple buttons. >> reporter: or this summer the you will find tomwolfe in a white suit and blasting out wry, wicked language, aiming to irritate anyone who thinks they're too smart, too rich or too important.
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>> well i just try to bring truth. >> reporter: in his book, wolfe argues speech not evolution is responsible for humanity's highest achievements. he skewers the man who introduced evolution to the masses, charles darwin and fame ed linguist. noam chomsky. >> darwinnism and theory of evolution is a myth. no use saying human beings evolved from animals, because creatures with different powers. if you have -- the power of speech. that is the power of memory. >> it is bold. i think some would say dangerous to say that darwin its m and evolution is a myth. >> i think a lot of people don't agree with me. >> reporter: not hard to recall wolfe's achievements. crushed the print party in the 60s with essays and argument
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a little town on the coast of italy, the focus of a scientific investigation. turns out people who live there live longer and healthier lives than anywhere else in the country. seth doane went looking for the fountain of youth. >> there is no doubting the natural beauty of the region. the place is raising questions. why are the people here living well beyond italy's national average. and why does this have one of the world's highest concentrations of people over 100 years old? >> reporter: it is a place where you can find an 88-year-old tending the town garden daily. walls no obstacle. or the rather spry 94-year-old amina fidulo. i feel young she told us from her front window as 100-year-old antonio basolo joined us.
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i eat, shave and sleep well and do everything myself, he said. >> for us it is natural. >> it is natural? >> yeah. >> we have many people who live 100 years. >> the mayor figures about one in ten of the residents are over the age of 90. he credits the laid back lifestyle. note the outfit. he says extolling the virtues of the place only means so much coming from the mayor. enter dr. allen mazel. can you list what makes these people different? >> they have less alzheimers, less cataracts, less bone fractures dent see heart failure. high blood pressure. but the heart is good in practically everybody we measured. there is something there. >> mazel, a cardiologist part of a team from the university of san diego that is working with rome's university on a pilot study to look at those super agers in this region of of it lee. >> what we saw in these patients
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was the amazing, add kit, little small blood vessels that give things where he want it. and probably remove things we don't want. >> the research team thinks the diet here rich in fresh fish and locally grown fruit, vegetables likely plays an important roam. 94-year-old giseppi basolo eats from his back garden daily. doesn't eat rich foods. the best thing is to be tranquil, he told us. we asked dr. mazel if they found the fountain of youth here, he said they weren't sure. more research was needed the he did say likely right combination of diet, activity, low stress and maybe something genetic.
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