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Tweens and Teens Who Skip Lunch: Nestlé Takes On A Nutritional Issue

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - We know food is our fuel, and that lunch raises our blood sugar level in the middle of the day, making better concentration for the rest of the afternoon possible. For children, this meal is even more important. This is when they get their vitamins and nutrients for the day; if they don’t get the supplements their bodies need, their mental and physical developments could suffer.

Recent China-Africa Health Roundtable: A Pivotal South-South Meeting

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – China is a superpower and the preferred partner of many governments in Africa, and is why last month’s 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration in Beijing was a pivotal South-South meeting, exploring how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged to mutually supp

Philadelphia Gets HYPE And Gets Healthy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is home to more than 1.5 million residents, is tackling obesity throughout the community. Approximately 67.9 percent of adults in the city and approximately 41 percent of youth aged 6-17 are overweight or obese.

Hollywood Stars Urge Americans To Prepare For Long Term Care Needs Through “Let’s Talk Now”

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Aged care is a reality that many of us will have to face at some point. In the States, the population is ageing at a significant rate. In America more than 90 percent of adults don’t have long term care insurance, while four in ten now care for loved ones.

The Robots For Good Project: Aiming To Improve Lives Of Hospitalised Children

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The Inmoov Explorer is a full size 3D printed robot that will allow children to explore the world from their hospital room here in the U.K. and is known as the Robots For Good project. It combines state-of-the-art open source technologies to allow sick children to experience and interact with the world from their confined space.

The Role of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

Women are disproportionately impacted by disasters but they are rarely included in disaster planning. That must change.

Operating Room Sustainability is Critical to Healthcare Business

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Healthcare comprises nearly 16 percent of the American economy. Hospitals operate round the clock, making a substantial environmental footprint. According to the EPA data, hospitals generate about 7,000 tons per day of waste, including infectious waste and hazardous waste. Mercury is used in medical devices and equipment, and several other hospital materials may have toxic effects. Hospitals also consume large amounts of energy and water.

Nestlé Removing Artificial Colors and Flavors From Its Chocolate Candy

Nestlé USA recently announced that it will remove artificial colors and flavors from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015. That means that over 250 of the company’s products and 10 of its brands will be free of the controversial ingredients. By the middle of this year, store shelves will feature Nestlé products bearing the label “No Artificial Flavors or Colors.” 

Can Toxic Mine Waste Be Safely Turned into Fuel?

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the cornerstones of a sustainable society is the complete eradication of the concept of waste. After all, nature has no waste; everything gets used one way or another. It’s only when people came along that the whole idea got started. Already, a number of factories have become zero waste and a few intrepid homeowners put out the equivalent of one shopping bag of trash per year, so it is possible, at least in principle. Food can be composted or turned into fuel. Aluminum, paper and plastic can be recycled. Heavier metals like steel and lead can be reclaimed and reused. But what about the really nasty stuff, like toxic waste?

Last year, a professor at Texas A&M University came up with a process to turn nuclear waste into energy. The process would utilize subcritical fission to break down the most dangerous components, the transuranics, over a period of years, producing energy in the process.

There are also people using mushrooms to clean up oil spills and plastic waste.

It seems like we need to recruit the help of Mother Nature in addressing some of our biggest mistakes. It heralds the emergence of a new field of bio-processing.

Now, a group of universities in western England and Wales have come up with a research project to decontaminate the water that has been tainted as the result of the tin mining process. At the same time, the project aims to harvest useful heavy metals and produce biofuels as a byproduct.

New York Announces a Statewide Ban on Fracking

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On December 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shook the world with the announcement with the Empire State was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, as it’s come to be known. The governor claims to have relied on the judgment of Health Commissioner Dr. Harold A. Zucker and Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, in making the call. “I am not a scientist,” said the governor. “ I’m not an environmental expert. I’m not a health expert. I’m a lawyer.  So let’s bring the emotion down, and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.”

Zucker said his decision boiled down to the question of whether he’d want his family living in a town where fracking was taking place. The answer was no.

Fracking has been credited for the huge boom in US oil and gas production, which has put it on a path to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer. But it has also been controversial, almost from the outset, with numerous complaints about health issues, fear of contaminated water supplies, large amounts of water consumption and earthquakes. Economic  impacts could potentially cover a wide swath of our economy starting with agriculture and tourism and extending outward from there. Yet drillers are protected by Federal law from disclosing, under the Safe Water Drinking Act, the contents of the “fracking fluids” they are injecting into the ground. This loophole was put in place by former Vice-President Dick Cheney, whose company Halliburton has been a major player in the fracking industry. This level of secrecy has done much to increase public suspicion of the process.

The domestic energy boom has helped to bring energy prices down which has helped to make American industry more globally competitive. It has also helped to accelerate the move away from coal on the part of many utility companies. Add to that the fact that it has reduced our dependence on imported oil, and you can see why so many were willing to overlook the potential health and environmental risks that have been associated with the practice.

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