iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Looking for the most flavorful and fastidious dining-out experience? Try to make eye contact with your chef before placing your order.

A Harvard research project recently found that cooks who were able to observe their guests dished out markedly better meals than when customers remained anonymous to them.

The findings were culled after Harvard Business School doctoral student Tami Kim and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assistant professor at University College London, set up four successive experiments in a working cafeteria over a two-week period.

“In the first, diners and cooks couldn’t view one another; in the second, the diners could see the cooks; in the third, the cooks could see the diners; and in the fourth, both the diners and the cooks were visible to one another,” stated the research. Following each meal, diners could rate their experience.

Due to the noted limitations of the project, the researchers acknowledged that much more and deeper study is necessary.

Kim and Tsay found that customer satisfaction increased by 10 percent when the cook could see the guests in the dining area.

“But even more striking, when customers and cooks both could see one another, satisfaction went up 17.3 percent, and service was 13.2 percent faster,” stated the research. “Transparency between customers and providers seems to really improve service.”

Kim and Tsay attributed the improved experience to chefs feeling more motivated and inspired by seeing patrons. Still, not all restaurants should begin breaking down kitchen walls just yet.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed the National Press Club Friday on thet opic of Ebola and said there is no reason for widespread panic.

“Is there a large influx of Ebola people infected with people who are trying to get into the United States?” Dr. Fauci said. “The answer is no.”

Regarding Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease last month, Dr. Fauci said, “Yes, Duncan got in to the country but that was a very rare event because of what we know now when we do screening.”

Dr. Fauci said the best way to protect the U.S. is by keeping an eye on West Africa.

“The best way to protect Americans or anyone else throughout the world is to completely suppress the epidemic in West Africa, so that there isn’t any risk of it going any place else,” he said.

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Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After Evelyn Lozada gave birth to her son this past March, it took her awhile to feel like herself again.

However, the Basketball Wives star has since lost 55 lbs. and learned to love her new, curvier body.

“I kept reminding myself that I just had a baby and went through a beautiful experience and this is what matters the most. When I had [my 21-year-old daughter] Shaniece, I was a teenager and I bounced back within 24 hours, but as you get older, your body changes and I didn’t bounce back as fast,” she told ABC News. “I’m very satisfied with my appearance now! I’m a bit more curvier and I love it.”

Lozada, 38, and Shaniece have teamed up with youthH2O, an age-defying solution, for a new campaign aimed to inspire women to look and feel their best. (Lozada has long represented the brand, while Shaniece is its new face.) The campaign, for which mothers and daughters are asked to post photos on youthH2O’s social channels with the hashtag #ForeverYoung, was a natural fit for the pair.

“Shaniece was and still is super positive,” Lozada gushed. “She would actually take the role of big sister and do the night shift sometimes when I wanted to go work out. She was my lifesaver.”

She’s also been inspirational to Lozada during her weight loss journey. The reality TV star credits Shaniece for teaching her to eat healthier and “exercise without complaints.”

“We only speak in a positive manner when it comes to our appearance and I’m her biggest cheerleader,” she added. “I make certain to recognize her when she excels and I support her on all of her projects. As a mom, it’s important to encourage your child, this helps them to build confidence and we hope to help so many women do the same.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heavy drinking does not make you an alcoholic, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While one out of three adults drink excessively, Dr. William Brewer with the CDC says 90% of adults aren’t booze-dependent because they don’t have the chronic medical condition of alcohol dependency.

However, he says, “that doesn’t mean that the drinking that they’re doing isn’t still putting themselves and others at risk of harm.”

Every year, 88,000 people in the United States die from excessive drinking.

So how many glasses of wine or bottles of beer are safe to drink? For women, that is no more than one drink a day, and for men, no more than two a day.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Looking for the most flavorful and fastidious dining-out experience? Try to make eye contact with your chef before placing your order.

A Harvard research project recently found that cooks who were able to observe their guests dished out markedly better meals than when customers remained anonymous to them.

The findings were culled after Harvard Business School doctoral student Tami Kim and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assistant professor at University College London, set up four successive experiments in a working cafeteria over a two-week period.

“In the first, diners and cooks couldn’t view one another; in the second, the diners could see the cooks; in the third, the cooks could see the diners; and in the fourth, both the diners and the cooks were visible to one another,” stated the research. Following each meal, diners could rate their experience.

Due to the noted limitations of the project, the researchers acknowledged that much more and deeper study is necessary.

Kim and Tsay found that customer satisfaction increased by 10 percent when the cook could see the guests in the dining area.

“But even more striking, when customers and cooks both could see one another, satisfaction went up 17.3 percent, and service was 13.2 percent faster,” stated the research. “Transparency between customers and providers seems to really improve service.”

Kim and Tsay attributed the improved experience to chefs feeling more motivated and inspired by seeing patrons. Still, not all restaurants should begin breaking down kitchen walls just yet.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With the ever-expanding roster of boutique fitness studios in cities nationwide, there had to come a time when there would be more classes than people willing to pay the $40-$50 drop in fee to fill them.

Yoga, barre classes, spinning and so much more — with so many classes to try, workout warriors were having a hard time committing to just one. And so earlier this week came the debut of FitReserve, a site that allows, for one monthly membership fee, access to 2,000 specialty classes in addition to traditional gyms across New York City.

It works like this: Request an invitation to the members-only site and wait to be approved. Pay $149 for a 10 pack or $249 for a 20 pack of classes to be used in the next 30 days.

Go online and search for classes: Members can visit the same studio up to four times in one month and get access to a variety of other perks like massages.

FitReserve is the latest launch in an increasingly commitment-phobic workout world. ClassPass, which launched in June 2013 in one city — New York — and has expanded to nine cities and just took it’s one millionth reservation. The company received $12 million in September and earlier this week launched ClassPass Flex which allows users to use their membership while traveling to other cities.

Megan Smyth co-founder and CEO of FitReserve, said her business model is a win-win. Members get a discount on classes — more than 50 percent off the drop-in rate in many instances, she said — and the ability to try lots of different types of workouts. Studios get to fill spots in classes that would otherwise be empty and showcase themselves to a potential client who might otherwise have not come in.

“It allows them to target potential customer in one place efficiently,” she said. For members, they “when they want and where they want to at a more accessible price point.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Air pollution can cause a variety of serious health problems, including affecting heart functions.

So Harvard doctoral student Jia Zhong says that if you can’t move away, remember these three words: flavonoids, flavonoids, flavonoids.

These antioxidants, which can protect against cell damage, are found in chocolate, wine, fruits and vegetables and, according to Zhong, also defend against smog-related heart disease, particularly in older men.

Zhong and his mentor, Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, looked at 573 older men from the Boston area over an 11-year period and discovered that their heart’s ability to vary its rhythm was hurt when smog levels rose for 48 hours.

However, men who consumed high amounts of foods loaded with flavonoids did not suffer the same reduction of heart rate variability as their counterparts.

Zhong and Baccarelli had two caveats. One is that people shouldn’t overdo it on wine and chocolate, for obvious reasons. And secondly, they could not prove a definitive cause-and-effect link between flavonoids and heart rate variability.

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Timothy White/ E!(LOS ANGELES) — With her third child on the way, Kourtney Kardashian will certainly have her hands full, but don’t look for the reality star to hire any extra help.

“I love doing everything myself at the beginning,” Kardashian, 35, told the December-January issue of Fit Pregnancy.

“I’m not getting a baby nurse. I take two months off and no one is allowed to bother me or talk to me about anything work-related, or maybe three months this time.”

Instead, the fashion designer and mother of daughter Penelope Scotland, 2, and son Mason Dash, soon to be 5, will spend the first months bonding with her new baby, including breast-feeding.

“I nursed Mason for 14 months and Penelope for 16, and I loved it,” she told the magazine. “It was built-in time that the two of us could share alone every day. I didn’t have any goals or expectations.”

Kardashian does expect, though, to bounce back quickly after her delivery, just like she did with her first two.

“Both were really easy. I actually pulled both babies out of me!” she told Fit Pregnancy. “I was out of the hospital so fast both times because I just wanted to get home. I stayed in my pajamas for 30 days and kept the house really quiet.”

Said the busy working mom, “It’s the only time I feel I have that excuse to shut everyone out and shut everything off. That time is a gift.”

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TLC(NEW YORK) — It’s four months away from the expected arrival of “Baby Dilly” in March.

But 19 Kids and Counting stars Derick, 25, and Jill Dillard, 23, are already getting ready to be the best parents they can be.

“I am learning a lot about birth,” Derick told People magazine earlier this week. “We are doing our homework together, and I keep reading new things, the medical aspects are fascinating to me.”

Jill added about the birth plan, “We are really on the same page. The more Derick learns about birth, the more he feels that natural childbirth makes sense. … Derick’s great at helping me with relaxation, and really good and supportive.”

The couple also keep a journal to one day share with their son.

Also, Jill — who’s doing prenatal workouts — said, “After the holidays, we’ll get started on the nursery.”

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just two months ago, Biz Markie revealed that he’d lost around 140 pounds after focusing on his health. The rap icon was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago and realized he needed to make a change.

“I wanted to live,” Markie, 50, told ABC News. “Since I have to be a diabetic, If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse. I’m trying to get off [the Diabetes meds]. The way you gotta do it is lose the weight. I’m off half my meds, I just got to get off the rest.”

Markie said doctors were straightforward when he was diagnosed and said if he didn’t shape up, the results could be terrible.

“They said I could lose my feet,” he said. “They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”

Markie said he’s feeling great and spoke to ABC as part of his collaboration with Zevia, a zero-calorie soda that he mixes into his diet.

“Instead of drinking regular soda, I drink Zevia to make you believia!” he joked. “I love that there’s alternatives to eating, because I want to live.”

Markie said right now he’s on tour, but in 2015, he plans to drop even more weight.

“I’m maintaining but I think at the beginning of the year, I’m going to try and get down another 10 pounds,” he added.

But don’t expect Biz to gain any weight back just because he’s on tour.

“On the Yo Gabba Gabba! Tour, we eat organic,” he said, adding that little changes like turkey bacon with eggs for breakfast keeps him healthy. He also keeps the portions down.

“I don’t pig out,” he said, adding that he mostly does cardio for his workouts.

Markie also said that he has so much more energy now after shedding so much weight.

“When I used to be on stage, I used to be out of breath, I couldn’t walk that far,” he said. “Now, I got so much energy. I can do a whole show.”

Markie is an icon, with close friends like Will Smith, who have been on his back for years to lose the weight. Markie said back in the early 2000s, Smith bet him on the set of Men in Black 2 to get him to lose the weight.

“It’s a great feeling that they care, but it’s better to win the bet,” he said, laughing.

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