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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The US is known for cutting-edge medical research and technology and spends ample money on healthcare. But, when it comes to overall health, we could learn a thing or two from other countries.

Many of these nations trump the US in life expectancy. The top five are Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Iceland.

We can learn a lot from these countries. The Japanese diet focuses on seafood and diet in moderation. Italy is the home of the Mediterranean diet. In The Netherlands residents favor bicycles over the use of cars. Switzerland was voted one of the happiest places on earth and Iceland has a very pure environment.

Do you notice? Hi-tech medical devices and availability of medications for every ill aren’t the secret.

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