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Enhanced water “unequivocally harmful to health,” says HSPH nutrition expert

first_imgBottled water enhanced with vitamins—and loaded with sugar—gets low marks from Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. They are “unequivocally harmful to health,” he told the Washington Post in a February 28, 2012, article on so-called healthy foods that people should avoid.“Whether vitamins dissolved in water have any benefit will depend on who you are and whether you are already getting enough,” he said. “Some people may be getting too much of some vitamins and minerals if they add vitamin water on top of fortified foods and other supplements.”The article also referenced a 2011 study by HSPH researchers on how small changes in diet can affect long-term weight gain. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Roughly 180,000 deaths worldwide linked to sugary drink consumption

first_img Read Full Story New Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research suggests that roughly 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide—including 25,000 Americans—are associated with the consumption of sugary drinks. The abstract, presented at an American Heart Association scientific conference in New Orleans, linked drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases, and 6,000 cancer deaths. The researchers found that 78% of these deaths were in low- and middle-income countries.Of nine world regions, Latin America and the Caribbean had the most diabetes deaths related to sugary drink consumption (38,000), and East and Central Eurasia had the largest numbers of cardiovascular deaths (11,000). Of the world’s most populous nations, Mexico had the highest number of deaths attributable to over-consumption of sugary drinks and the United States was third. Japan had the fewest such deaths.The finding that three-quarters of the deaths were from diabetes “suggests that limiting sugary-beverage intake is an important step in reducing diabetes deaths,” co-author Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at HSPH, said in a March 19, 2013 USA Today article.Read the USA Today articlelast_img read more

An umbrella to combat warming

first_img Team plans industrial-scale carbon removal plant Related Aerosols could cool the planet without ozone damage Every morning, the Keutsch Research Group gathers for a meeting. Eight engineers and chemists give updates on their preceding day’s work: ordering parts, transferring software, untangling an administrative snafu. The whole affair usually lasts less than 15 minutes.Scheduling vacations and requisitioning supplies do not scream “high stakes,” but the group’s project could someday have major consequences for global climate change. It is controversial, however. Some even fear it could make things worse. Right now the group is waiting for approval to schedule a new experiment in the stratosphere.Their idea? To shield the Earth with a mist of tiny particles. It sounds like the stuff of sci-fi movies, but since it was first proposed in the 1950s the idea has gained traction among scientists around the world to shield us not from extraterrestrials, as Hollywood might have it, but from the sun. Known as solar geoengineering, the concept is to send planes into the stratosphere — 6 to 31 miles above the Earth — to spray particles that can reflect sunlight back into space and cool the planet.Working in collaboration with colleagues from the Keith Group — more than a dozen environmental scientists, engineers, economists, and political scientists under the leadership of David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School — the Keutsch Group is hoping to uncover some answers about the possibilities of such a scheme with a project they call the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, or SCoPEx.The need for a bold new plan seems clear. Mitigating the risk of geoengineering Keith says new reports will likely boost deeper look at geoengineering concepts Climate engineering: In from the cold Uses existing technology in novel ways to extract it from atmosphere Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reached an all-time high in 2018. In October, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that those emissions must drop drastically to limit global warming to acceptable levels. In 2017, according to the IPCC, global warming reached 1 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels. To keep it from going more than half a degree higher, the panel recommends cutting emissions by about 45 percent by 2030 and to “net zero” by 2050. The panel’s website concedes, however, that even these drastic changes would mean that “any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.”In other words, Professor Frank Keutsch said, “if we do only emissions cuts to reach the panel’s goals, we would need to get them to zero by 2021 or ’22, and that’s clearly never going to happen. It’s a purely utopian idea. Because of this, they include in their models a negative-emissions technology that we don’t have yet. It doesn’t exist.” The amount of land this IPCC-imagined equipment would need if it did exist, he added, is a parcel about the size of India.But as the deadline for reducing emissions approaches, scientists have become more open to engineering solutions. “One thing that we know can cool down the planet quickly is putting particles into the stratosphere,” Keutsch said. Natural events have taught us that: In 1991, the Philippines’ Mount Pinatubo erupted, releasing 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. Afterward, the entire globe cooled by half a degree Celsius for more than a year.Mimicking that sort of impact could have any number of side effects, including changes in weather patterns. Keutsch doesn’t think the particles would cause haze but said they could give our sunrises more vivid reds. The problem is that it’s hard to judge the odds of what might happen without more data.“If in 20 years climate impact suddenly becomes bad and the public starts demanding fast action,” he said, “my concern is that we could get to a situation where sudden decisions are made, and we don’t have enough information to make them. I see my role as providing information on the risks of various scenarios.”,To start getting more information, the research team wants to send a remote-controlled balloon and gondola into the stratosphere somewhere above the Southwest, where the wide-open spaces and meteorological conditions should be favorable for the launch. Equipment in the gondola will spray an aerosol for a few miles, in a slowly expanding plume perhaps 600 feet in diameter, according to Keutsch. The balloon will then meander back through the spray to measure how the air and aerosol have reacted over time. The date of the test flights will be determined by an independent advisory committee that will consider not just the scientific but also the governance and social science issues involved.The experiment, Keutsch said, is “tiny” and “will cause no climate response.” Only a few hundred grams of material will be sprayed into the stratosphere — much less than the amount a typical airplane flight emits. Despite this, his team has already faced backlash for the potential consequences of their research.Beyond concerns about unintended environmental consequences, some organizations contend that talking about solar engineering disincentivizes people from fixing the problem, said Keutsch, “and there is some truth to that.”And then there are those who think the experiment is just “nuts,” probably owing to its sci-fi feel, Keutsch said. Until, that is, they hear the details. “Quite often they change their opinion and say, ‘Well, I guess it’s more reasonable than I thought.’ That’s actually very common.”The turnaround might be thanks in part to the efforts of the chemists in Keutsch’s lab, who are looking at the question of what exactly they should spray into the sky even as the engineers work out the details of the gondola. The only naturally occurring particles in the stratosphere contain water and sulfuric acid, which is produced from volcanic sulfur dioxide. But sulfuric acid is a problem because it has worrisome side effects: It cools the Earth, but it also destroys the protective ozone layer and warms the stratosphere.The chemists think the solution could be calcium carbonate — the stuff of chalk, limestone, marble, and seashells. It may be less harmful to the ozone, and it’s not a big health concern. The team is studying how the substance affects chlorine and nitrogen oxides, which also exist in the stratosphere — largely due to man-made emissions — and speed ozone destruction. The researchers think the calcium carbonate might help to lower levels of these gases.One thing that Keutsch wants to make clear, though, is this: Even if they are able to resolve the uncertainties and the geoengineering project is a success, it does not mean the climate change problem will have been fixed.The reason is obvious, Keutsch said.“It doesn’t address the cause,” he said. “So when we do this, and we keep on emitting CO2, we would have to put more and more particles in the atmosphere, and at some point that just becomes a crazy scenario, right?”In the end, the only sustainable solution is for people to change their attitudes and behaviors. “What we have to do in any case is reduce remissions,” he said. “I think there’s no question. And that’s the basis, the starting point: We have to reduce emissions.”last_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth Begins Performances in My Love Letter to B’way

first_img Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway Related Shows The Great White Way is about to turn tickled pink! Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth starts performances in her sensational solo show My Love Letter to Broadway beginning on November 2 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The pint-sized diva’s limited engagement will run through November 13; shortly after, Cheno is set to star as Velma Von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! on December 7.In Love Letter, Chenoweth will perform a handpicked selection of musical theater favorites, including songs from her most recent release, The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics. The concert is billed as, “an intimate evening of romance, glamour and laughter.”Chenoweth won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received nods for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked and for On the Twentieth Century. Other Broadway credits include Promises, Promises. Her many TV credits include an Emmy-winning turn on Pushing Daisies, as well as Glee and The West Wing.Get a sneak peek On the Scene below! P.S. The Hairspray Live! cast has a very special message for Cheno. Take a look at the adorable well-wish below!The #HairsprayLive cast has a special message for you, @KChenoweth! Break a leg— Hairspray Live! (@HairsprayLive) November 2, 2016 Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 13, 2016 View Comments Kristin Chenoweth(Photo: Gian Di Stefano) Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Full facelift

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HK scientists say new antiviral coating can protect surfaces for 90 days

first_imgThe coating was approved for official and mass consumer use in February, and will hit Hong Kong stores next month.With help from a local charity, the non-toxic coating has already been sprayed around the homes of more than a thousand low-income families in the city.”I feel like it has strengthened our protection against the virus,” said Law Ha-yu, a mother of two who lives in a 110-square-foot subdivided unit that was recently sprayed with the coating.The researchers said shopping malls, schools and sport training facilities in the city have adopted the coating.Applying the coating at schools costs HK$20,000 ($2,600) to HK$50,000, depending on the size of the sprayed area. The company also plans to introduce 50ml and 200ml domestic use versions with prices ranging from HK$70-250.Hong Kong reported no new coronavirus cases on Sunday, keeping the total at 1,038 infections and four deaths.  Researchers at a Hong Kong university say they have developed an antiviral coating, which could provide 90 days of “significant” protection against bacteria and viruses such as the one causing COVID-19.The coating, called MAP-1, took 10 years to develop and can be sprayed on surfaces that are frequently used by the public, such as elevator buttons and handrails, researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) say.”These places are frequently touched, and, at the same time, serve as a very effective medium for transmission of diseases,” said HKUST Adjunct Professor Joseph Kwan, one of the chief researchers in the team that developed the product. The coating that forms after spraying has millions of nano-capsules containing disinfectants, which Kwan says remain effective in killing bacteria, viruses and spores even after the coating has dried.Unlike common disinfecting methods such as diluted bleach and alcohol, MAP-1 is further boosted by heat-sensitive polymers that encapsulate and release disinfectants upon human contact, Kwan said.It is non-toxic and safe for skin and the environment, the researchers say.Following clinical tests this year at a Hong Kong hospital and a home for the elderly, the coating has been made available for commercial purchase by Germagic, a unit of the university’s industrial partner, Chiaphua Industries Ltd.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Save $200,000 by shopping on the other side of the brook

first_img STAFFORD HEIGHTS HAS ONE ON SATURDAY. CHECK IT OUT HERE. LIKE AN AUCTION? “It then went for another $21,000 which was well over the owners’ expectations,” Mr Young said. “Stafford and Stafford Heights are popular with a lot of people who can’t buy in Grange, Wilston and Windsor, and they’re seeing very good value,” Mr Young said. Linked by the same main road, shops and sporting facilities, Stafford and Grange share the same lifestyle but with very different price tags, as bidders at this Stafford auction found out recently. Picture: supplied.A FIVE-week campaign has ended with seven families taking 18 McCawley St, Stafford to auction and securing a street record price.Queensland Sotheby’s International agent Simon Young said 103 interested parties viewed the six-bedroom house on 607sq m with families seeing value on the other side of Kedron Brook.center_img More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Elevated views and plenty of internal space made 18 McCawley St, Stafford a standout property.The $961,000 winning bid was $350,000 above the median house price in Stafford, which currently stands at $611,000, according to CoreLogic property data.However it would not be enough to buy in neighbouring Grange on the southern side of Kedron Brook, where a six-bedroom house has not sold under $1.16 million since 2016.All seven registered bidders were active in the Stafford auction with bidding starting at $700,000.The house had almost 400sq m of under roof space with a triple garage, two decks and a balcony. The triple-gabled post-war Queenslander had been renovated and extended while retaining original VJ walls and belt rails.Mr Young said the property hit $900,000 and then it became a battle between two bidders.At $940,000 the auction was paused to talk with the owners before being put on the market. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

KBR secures services deal for PNG energy projects

first_imgImage courtesy of KBRHouston-based LNG engineer KBR has been awarded a contract by Papua New Guinea’s Department of Petroleum to provide support services for existing and new energy projects in the country. This includes upstream, LNG and downstream sectors, KBR said in its statement.Under the terms of the agreement, KBR will provide ongoing consulting, advisory and engineering services.The government has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Total and its partners ExxonMobil and Oil Search defines the key terms of the gas agreement for the Papua LNG project that is expected to be finalized by the first quarter of 2019.The Papua LNG project will encompass two LNG trains of 2.7 mtpa each and will be developed in synergy with the existing PNG LNG project facilities.According to Total, the first phase of the engineering studies of the project have been launched.last_img read more

The Father of Athletic Training

first_imgWilliam “Pinky” Newell is known as Father of Athletic Training.  Pinky Newell was the athletic trainer at Purdue University when I was a student there.  Newell, an Oklahoma native, attended Purdue on a football scholarship.  Since it was during WWII, Newell spent 3 years in the marine corps.  He then returned to Purdue to finish his degree.  Newell completed his physical therapy work at Stanford after he finished his physical education degree at Purdue.  In 1950 he returned to Purdue as their athletic trainer.  He immediately became part of NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) and became its executive secretary in 1956.  During his 12-year tenure he helped them adopt a Code of Ethics and laid the groundwork for certification.Newell is credited for turning athletic training from an occupation into a profession.  Every athletic trainer today is in his debt.  Part of Newell’s family resides in Batesville.  A couple of his grandchildren were by students and track team members.Some of the information for this article was found on the web under Indiana Athletic Trainers Association.last_img read more

Liverpool see off Swansea

first_img Liverpool offered only fleeting moments of menace, most notably when Daniel Sturridge held off Amat for Adam Lallana to fire into Lukasz Fabiasnki’s midriff and the Polish goalkeeper comfortably plucking Philippe Coutinho’s 20-yard shot out of the air. But it was Swansea’s one-touch passing which was catching the eye and Ki found Gomis whose smart one-two with Routledge freed the Frenchman on goal. Gomis took the shot early, maybe too hastily, but it still forced a fine sprawling save from Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal. Mignolet made an even better save from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s curling effort and was then relieved to see Jonjo Shelvey’s strike from the resulting corner deflect to safety off Alberto Moreno. Rodgers must have demanded a major improvement from his side at the start of a second half which opened with Gomis arriving late after the action had started. And Liverpool immediately began to find their rhythm, if not the final ball, as Swansea were penned back in their own half for the first time in the match. Swansea were almost cut open after 58 minutes when Sturridge fed Raheem Sterling down the right and his cut-back found Coutinho who forced an excellent save from Fabianski at the base of his post. Gerrard was sent on after 64 minutes with Liverpool firmly in the ascendancy and he was soon celebrating a goal, even if it came in rather fortuitous fashion. Skrtel advanced from the back and his pass squirmed through off Sturridge before Amat’s attempted clearance cannoned off Henderson and over the helpless Fabianski. After that Liverpool pretty much held Swansea at arm’s length and Sturridge almost put the gloss on the win when he struck the post in injury time. Liverpool maintained the pressure in the race for Champions League qualification as Jordan Henderson’s fortunate second-half goal saw off Swansea at the Liberty Stadium to seal a 1-0 win. Henderson’s 68th minute winner – his sixth goal of the season and his third in successive Barclays Premier League games – had a slice of good fortune about it as Jordi Amat’s attempted clearance clattered into him, but Liverpool will not worry about that on a night when Swansea had them clinging on for large parts of the first half. But Liverpool showed the resilience of a side which has not conceded away from home in the league since December 14 and grew in stature as the second half unfolded. Press Association The gap between themselves and fourth-placed Manchester United was cut to two points again before the pair meet in a huge Anfield collision on Sunday. After Arsenal and United both won over the weekend Liverpool knew they could not afford to slip up in south Wales and they were boosted by the return of skipper Steven Gerrard to the matchday squad after missing seven games with hamstring trouble. But Gerrard started on the bench as Rodgers kept faith with the midfield and attacking personnel which had served him so well in recent weeks and underpinned the performances which have made Liverpool the form team of 2015. Joe Allen had shaken off a hip injury to feature against his former club and Martin Skrtel had recovered from the sickening fall which forced his withdrawal from Liverpool’s last game, the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Blackburn eight days earlier. Bafetimbi Gomis had also been declared fit to lead the Swansea forward line after collapsing on the field at Tottenham on March 4, the result of a vasovagal condition which can lead to low blood pressure but one which apparently has no lasting effects. Liverpool’s need for the three points was greater than a Swansea side who had already reached the 40-point mark expected to guarantee another season of Premier League football, but it was the hosts who enjoyed the greater possession and scoring opportunities in an enthralling first half. Swansea were also slick on the break and Allen’s saving tackle prevented Gomis from profiting after rounding Emre Can before Skrtel took up the right position to clear Ki Sung-yueng’s header at the back post. Skrtel’s carbon-copy clearance soon denied Gomis as Swansea spotted a route to goal through Wayne Routledge’s forays down the right flank and crosses to the far post. last_img read more