Spraying the wheat crops with pesticide could be a thing of the past if EU gets current with scienceIn a rebuke to the EU, and environmental activists worldwide, the biggest scientific metastudy yet conducted of genetically modified foods concludes they re good for human health and the environment.The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an advisory body of scientists, finds no evidence of risks over conventional crops, and huge benefits in the shape of increased yields in poor countries, and healthier crops.More resilient GM foods reduce reliance on pesticides.Since then, it s merely tried to strangle them by heavy regulation, giving member states the right to impose their own obstacles in the shape of temporary bans so much for single market harmonisation .Paul Dacre s Frankenfoods campaign, and the media s promotion of work by the now discredited scientist Árpád Pusztai were instrumental in fuelling revulsion against GM crops.Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore now promotes vitamin A-fortified blindness-fighting Golden Rice, which Western NGOs are attempting to restrict in the countries that most need it.
The Bay Area fosters a culture of forward thinkers and new ways to solve problems in our world, including in our food system.The company joins a growing list of game-changing food startups that have launched out of the lab and into the consumer market in just the last few years.We re told milk does a body good, but the dairy industry can be a dirty business, polluting our environment and pumping large amounts of methane into the air — the biggest contributor to global warming.Sure, there are already alternatives to dairy milk, but many of them are problematic — soy is mostly from GMO crops and full of pesticides, almond milk takes up a lot of precious water resources and coconut milk is hard on those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.But peas are plentiful, full of vitamins an extremely good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and folate, among a long list of other nutrients and GMO-free.The startup has raised $13.6 million from investors and started selling its first four non-dairy milk flavors — original, original unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate — in Whole Foods nationwide in April.
There is no cure for MS, though treatments exists to manage symptoms and help speed recovery from attacks called remissions .Eventually, most people with this form of the disease will move on to a secondary progressive phase of MS in which symptoms begin a steady march and become increasingly severe.M signifies individuals with the mutation; black circles represent individuals with MS and age of disease onset; gray circles or squares denote individuals with the mutation whose health is unknown.In the two families studied, two-thirds of the patients with the mutation developed the progressive form of the disease.Some evidence even suggests that Vitamin D and smoking plays an important role.Lastly, this research could offer clues about the more common relapsing-remitting form of the disease, while also pointing to the possibility of using personalized medicine to treat MS. As Michelle Apperson from the University of California, Davis, pointed out, In the future, we may be able to look at a patient s genetic profile or other biomarkers and choose a medication that best fits that individual.
There is no cure for MS, though treatments exists to manage symptoms and help speed recovery from attacks called remissions .Eventually, most people with this form of the disease will move on to a secondary progressive phase of MS in which symptoms begin a steady march and become increasingly severe.M signifies individuals with the mutation; black circles represent individuals with MS and age of disease onset; gray circles or squares denote individuals with the mutation whose health is unknown.In the two families studied, two-thirds of the patients with the mutation developed the progressive form of the disease.Some evidence even suggests that Vitamin D and smoking plays an important role.Lastly, this research could offer clues about the more common relapsing-remitting form of the disease, while also pointing to the possibility of using personalised medicine to treat MS. As Michelle Apperson from the University of California, Davis, pointed out, In the future, we may be able to look at a patient s genetic profile or other biomarkers and choose a medication that best fits that individual.
There is no cure for MS, though treatments exists to manage symptoms and help speed recovery from attacks called remissions .Eventually, most people with this form of the disease will move on to a secondary progressive phase of MS in which symptoms begin a steady march and become increasingly severe.M signifies individuals with the mutation; black circles represent individuals with MS and age of disease onset; gray circles or squares denote individuals with the mutation whose health is unknown.In the two families studied, two-thirds of the patients with the mutation developed the progressive form of the disease.Some evidence even suggests that Vitamin D and smoking plays an important role.Lastly, this research could offer clues about the more common relapsing-remitting form of the disease, while also pointing to the possibility of using personalised medicine to treat MS. As Michelle Apperson from the University of California, Davis, pointed out, In the future, we may be able to look at a patient s genetic profile or other biomarkers and choose a medication that best fits that individual.
Vitamins and venture capital might not seem like the most natural fit, but a number of related companies has attracted capital from tech investors in recent years, including SmartyPants, which makes a gummy vitamin, and Elysium Health, a supplements company that counts a former venture capitalist as a co-founder.To understand how Olly vitamins have managed to become so ubiquitous so quickly, we caught up with CEO Brad Harrington, who co-founded Olly with Eric Ryan, a co-founder of the cleaning-products company Method acquired in late 2012 .In fact, I was with Eric in Boulder, and we were standing in an aisle of a store, and strangers would just come up to us and ask how many milligrams of zinc they should take, and we were just as dumbfounded as they were.BH: They re made in Indiana largely, and at a couple of facilities in Florida.We have a chief medical officer who was an internist at Schiff Nutrition, which makes Airborne and was acquired in 2012 for $1.4 billion .BH: It s our sleep product.
Laibow is a big fan of Nano Silver, and believes that the Zika virus is actually getting a bad rap for birth defects caused by vaccines.Laibow, much like The Health Ranger from Natural News, thinks that there s some kind of global conspiracy to blame the birth defects we re seeing on Zika rather than their true cause: scary, ominous-sounding chemicals.Unlike Ebola, Chikungunya, and Dengue, there are not yet any reported cases of Zika virus infection being treated with ozone, vitamin C, or hydrogen peroxide.But unfortunately, that myth is the result of a man named Linus Pauling whose research on vitamin C s treatment of the common cold and other, more serious diseases has since been debunked.I don t doubt that there are homeopathic doctors who believe in the garbage they re peddling, but you certainly have to be skeptical of people who say that you shouldn t trust drug companies because they re only out to make money and then ask for money to provide their own homeopathic cure.But I do know that DEET, the active ingredient in traditional bug sprays, is both safe for use on human skin—even while pregnant—and incredibly effective at deterring mosquitoes from biting you.
Laibow is a big fan of Nano Silver, and believes that the Zika virus is actually getting a bad rap for birth defects caused by vaccines.Laibow, much like The Health Ranger from Natural News, thinks that there s some kind of global conspiracy to blame the birth defects we re seeing on Zika rather than their true cause: scary, ominous-sounding chemicals.Unlike Ebola, Chikungunya, and Dengue, there are not yet any reported cases of Zika virus infection being treated with ozone, vitamin C, or hydrogen peroxide.But unfortunately, that myth is the result of a man named Linus Pauling whose research on vitamin C s treatment of the common cold and other, more serious diseases has since been debunked.I don t doubt that there are homeopathic doctors who believe in the garbage they re peddling, but you certainly have to be sceptical of people who say that you shouldn t trust drug companies because they re only out to make money and then ask for money to provide their own homeopathic cure.But I do know that DEET, the active ingredient in traditional bug sprays, is both safe for use on human skin—even while pregnant—and incredibly effective at deterring mosquitoes from biting you.
Many Silicon Valley startups pride themselves on long, grueling work hours, toiling from the crack of dawn until late into the night.But that work pride has a toll — they likely suffer from a serious lack of vitamin D.Most U.S. office workers do these days and Nootrobox co-founder Geoff Woo says that s affecting our brains.Without enough of it, you may experience a sort of brain fog and lowered cognitive function.Startups like Nootrobox, Nootroo and other smart drug subscription services started popping up in the last year to help Silicon Valley workers boost brain power.Woo and his co-founder Michael Brandt initially released a stack of chemically enhanced pills promising to help people wake up, focus and sleep better.Nootrobox later released Go Cubes, chewable coffee cubes, which offer an evened-out caffeine kick.
Vitamin D has been thought to help with arthritis, fight off depression, and even reduce cancer risk.But according to a recent, thorough examination of the available research, vitamin D is looking a lot less like the magic remedy some have claimed it to be.The research analysis, led by Michael Allan, the director of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Alberta, involved more than 80 studies on vitamin D, and found very little evidence that supports taking vitamin D as a supplement.In a press release, Allan even mentions that he and his research team went into their analysis hopeful: Even areas that we really thought there was good evidence for benefit early on, don t seem to be bearing out.Many people would say taking a drug for 10 years to stop one in every 50 fractures is probably not enough to be meaningful.Vitamin D: A Narrative Review Examining the Evidence for Ten Beliefs the Journal of General Internal Medicine via Mental Floss
As many as two billion people have anemia, mainly from not getting enough iron in their diet, according to the World Health Organization WHO .In their article, Examine.com looks at how cooking in a cast iron pan can impact iron levels in foods.Apparently, iron levels in even pancakes can be boosted from 0.81 milligrams to 1.31 milligrams, but cast iron pans don t seem to increase iron levels in all foods.Additionally, it s the non-heme form of iron, which means you re able to absorb less iron compared to heme iron from red meats; but vitamin C and other acids can increase iron absorption.For healthy adult men, the daily recommended dose is 8 milligrams; 18 milligrams for healthy adult women.For more about iron overload or the different ways cast iron pans can help increase iron intake, head over to the Examine.com article.
Brian Yarvin via Getty ImagesWASHINGTON, June 28 Reuters - Four scientists who specialized in sweet potatoes were named the winners of this year s World Food Prize on Tuesday for their work to make foods more nutritious.Maria Andrade of Cape Verde, Robert Mwanga of Uganda and American Jan Low, who all are from the Lima, Peru-based International Potato Center, and American Howarth Bouis of the international research group HarvestPlus were honored in a ceremony at the U.S. State Department.Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, called their work a breakthrough achievement in developing and implementing biofortification.He defined biofortification as the process of breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops, thereby dramatically reducing hidden hunger and improving health for millions and millions of people.The honorees work has focused on the orange-fleshed sweet potato, an important source of vitamin A, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
More than 100 Nobel Prize Laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace and its supporters to "cease and desist" their campaign against genetically modified organisms or GMOs.They say that GMO opponents have "repeatedly denied" facts about how much food the world's growing population will need and that they have "misrepresented GMO  risks, benefits, and impacts, and supported the criminal destruction of approved field trials and research projects," despite the fact that scientists have repeatedly found that GMOs are safe.Specifically, the signatories 110 at the moment; 41 who won for medicine, 25 for physics, and 34 for chemistry want Greenpeace to stop campaigning against Golden Rice, along with other food improved with biotechnology.Golden Rice isn't necessarily ready for mass planting yet, but it could potentially eliminate a disease that 250 million people suffer from by providing additional nutrients to people who suffer from vitamin A deficiency.Here's the full text of the letter:"To the Leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and Governments around the worldThe United Nations Food & Agriculture Program has noted that global production of food, feed and fiber will need approximately to double by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population.They have misrepresented their risks, benefits, and impacts, and supported the criminal destruction of approved field trials and research projects.We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against "GMOs" in general and Golden Rice in particular.Their environmental impacts have been shown repeatedly to be less damaging to the environment, and a boon to global biodiversity.Greenpeace has spearheaded opposition to Golden Rice, which has the potential to reduce or eliminate much of the death and disease caused by a vitamin A deficiency VAD , which has the greatest impact on the poorest people in Africa and Southeast Asia.The World Health Organization estimates that 250 million people, suffer from VAD, including 40 percent of the children under five in the developing world.
Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money, researchers have concluded.A review found no evidence that multivitamins result in better health for a mother or her baby and were an unnecessary expense .Instead, experts said women should focus on taking the single vitamins – which are available for a few pence per day – recommended by the NHS.These are folic acid in the first three months of pregnancy, and vitamin D. They should also follow a healthy diet.On Boots.com, Pregnacare tablets plus Omega 3 cost £15.29 for a 28-day supply.Pregnacare Max – described as the ultimate formula in the range – costs £19.69 for a 28-day supply of tablets.
Cigarette smoking causes emphysema, a disease characterized by serious structural damage to lung tissues.A new paper published in PNAS shows that tobacco smoke exposure can be partly counteracted by doses of vitamin C and another drug, a selective nitric oxide synthase inhibitor.The authors of this study have previously shown that cigarette smoke damages lung proteins via oxidation, but they hadn t fully characterized the mechanisms involved.To further explore tobacco-induced lung damage, the researchers worked with a guinea pig model, exposing some animals to cigarette smoke and comparing them to controls.They found that exposed guinea pigs showed extensive breakdown of major lung structural proteins and that this damage helped foster emphysema.Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule that, among other functions, helps induce inflammation.
Smash-hit mobile game Pokemon Go's catchphrase is "you gotta catch 'em all" – gotta catch all your Google email, files and photos, that is.As spotted a couple of hours ago by IT architect Adam Reeve, the ultra-popular monster-catching vitamin-D-injecting game for fat losers is a security nightmare: it can gain extensive access to your Google account when you sign up.You can avoid using Google by creating an account for the game via the Pokemon Trainer Club website – but that service has been overloaded by players so plenty of people are using their Google accounts to join instead.According to stats out today, Pokemon Go was rolled out across the world last week and already has nearly the same number of daily Android users as Twitter.When you opt to use your Google account as your Pokemon Go sign-in, the iOS and Android versions of the Nintendo-backed game can automatically gain "full access to your Google account," meaning "the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account."That, according to Reeve, means the game and its developer Niantic can:
Image: Kaixiang Lin, Harvard UniversityHarvard University researchers reckon they can make flow batteries cheaper using an electrolyte based on vitamin B2.Flow batteries function much like lead-acid batteries, with a fluid that reacts with electrodes to store charge.However, the liquid is cycled through an external tank in the charge/discharge cycle.The external refresh of a flow battery's fluid means it can handle very deep discharges, while lead acid batteries have to be kept above 50 per cent charge.For a static application like storage from solar power, that makes flow batteries an attractive third alternative to both lead acid and lithium batteries.
NPR uses humans to recommend movies, books and other stuff you might like based on other movies and books you ve watched or read.Ugly-produce movement: Walmart is now selling Spuglies potatoes and not-so-perfect-looking apples.Now this is unappetizing: A toilet cafe in Indonesia.And to sunscreen, or not to sunscreen — that is the vitamin D question.Photo: Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, center, in Argo, a film about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.NPR recommends The Americans television show if you liked Argo.
Batteries are vital to modern life.But there's a bit of a problem - producing and disposing of batteries has a big impact on the environment.So engineers and chemists are constantly working to find greener alternatives - after all, nature is actually pretty good at storing energy.It's high-voltage, long-lasting, and environmentally-friendly.The main breakthrough is the creation of a cathode out of a substance called "flavin", derived from vitamin B2.While bio-derived battery parts have been made before, this is the first that uses long-chain polymers for the electrodes.
The reach of 3D printing seemingly has no end.We have 3D-printed guns, a 3D printer in space, and now we have 3D-printed nutritional supplements.The company behind this brilliant health-focused technology is Multiply Labs, which is developing a personalized vitamin supplement that you can customize to your particular dietary needs.Not only can you choose which supplements you want to include in each dosage, but you also can control when each component is released.Individuals who skip breakfast and need an afternoon nap, for example, can design a capsule that delivers a burst of nutrients in the morning and then some caffeine in the afternoon.The key to the technology is 3D printing, which allows the firm to print personalized capsules on demand.
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