Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state,…

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Sleep deprivation can affect your heart

Sleep deprivation can affect your heart (Thinkstock) The cliched, over-used adages about sleeping early might not be something that most people take seriously, but cardiologists and sleep experts swear by them. Doctors say that losing quality and quantity sleep is detrimental to our health. Senior interventional cardiologist, Dr Nilesh Gautam, says, “Sleep disorders cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and thyroid hormones, which is indicative of a stress response. This leads to increase heart attack and heart failures.” Experts reiterate that people who sleep less than seven hours…

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This Computer Game Can Help Your Kids Eat Healthy

Kids can be picky eaters and getting them to like healthy foods can be quite a challenging task. But a new computer game, developed by a group of researchers from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom can help solve your problem.This simple seven-minute brain boosting computer can actually help your kids choose healthier foods over junk eats like candies and other sweets. The game is very easy to understand and play. It involves reacting to images of healthy food by pressing a button, and doing nothing when unhealthy foods…

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Staying close to nature can help fight depression and obesity

Going out for walks daily amidst greenery can help fight obesity (Thinkstock) The fact that a refreshing breeze, warm rays of life-giving sunlight and sweet-smelling greenery can work its magic on not just ailing patients but even healthy people, is not new. A lush, pretty garden in the premises of a hospital can actually help patients recover better and faster, say city doctors. A lot of studies and researches have been done to validateDr Ramen Goel, bariatric and metabolic surgeon, says, “People living close to green spaces are likely to…

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Exposure to Plastic Chemicals During Pregnancy Can Increase Child’s Asthma Risk

The use of plastic and its products has received a lot of flak from health experts. A lot of research and scientific studies have shown that plastics can leach chemicals when they are heated, damaged or used regularly for a very long time. Certain chemicals used to make plastic products like such as bisphenol A (BPA) have also been regarded as carcinogen for humans.A new study suggests that exposure to the toxic chemicals in plastic during pregnancy can impact your child’s health. According to the study, published in the Journal of Allergy…

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Deep slumber can keep the aged healthy & wise

Ageing typically brings on a decline in deep non-rapid eye movement or “slow wave sleep”. (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images) Loss of sleep in the elderly may increase the risk of developing a wide range of mental and physical disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists who claim that deep slumber can act as a fountain of youth in old age. As we grow old, our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed…

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Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements

Gene editing — one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology — enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes. And, following in the footsteps of traditional breeding, gene editing has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing food-animal health and welfare, argues UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam. She will examine the potential benefits of genome editing Friday, Feb. 17, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to be…

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How can fashion represent America in 2017?

NEW YORK — The last show here for the fall 2017 season was mounted Thursday afternoon by Marc Jacobs and was inspired by hip-hop. Jacobs saw the documentary “Hip-hop Evolution” several months ago, and it made him nostalgic for his high school years in New York — when rap was emerging as popular music, a new fashion aesthetic was being created, and the definition of Americana was shifting. His stripped-down production began at the stroke of the hour, when a single model began her walk across the cracked wooden floor of the…

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How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

When an aircraft manufacturer decides to create a new model, it doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, and then put all the pieces together. A plane developed that way wouldn’t fly. The company begins with a goal, such as safely carrying 250 passengers nonstop from New York to London in under six hours, and follows a disciplined approach to identify the components and subsystems that meet those requirements. By contrast, the way we build hospitals and clinics typically happens in…

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Tacos: The 2017 food trend we can all get behind

I can’t tell you how little I wanted to like Breddos. The new taqueria in Clerkenwell has the restaurant version of a punchable face. It is tiny, one step up from the shack in a car park that was its original incarnation. Most of the seats – sorry, stools, no chairs with backs in these parts – are around a large communal table or crammed against the edges of the room. The single loo opens more or less directly onto the eating area. When you arrive you are told there’s…

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