(Reuters Health) - National and international pediatric and health organizations should develop a uniform set of guidelines around infant formulas, says a group of pediatric experts.Several existing recommendations from top groups contradict one another, especially when it comes to the temperature of water used to mix formula and when to mix it, note the authors of a commentary in the journal Pediatrics."A majority of infants will have formula at some point during their first year of life, but conversations regarding formula mixing are not always standard before (or even after) formula is introduced," said lead author Dr. Tracey Wilkinson of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.Recommendations differ primarily around whether caregivers should add formula powder to boiling water or water that has been boiled and then cooled, or should never boil the water at all."Parents have a lot of options when it comes to where to get information these days, and they often … [Read more...] about Parents get conflicting advice about mixing infant formula
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Technology is often touted as a solution to the world's environmental challenges, but it is also part of the problem: industry executives are facing rising pressure to clean up their energy and resource-intensive business. How much energy, for example, does it take to send a one-megabyte email? Around 25 watts per hour, representing 20 grams of carbon dioxide emissions, according to France's CNRS research centre. It might not seem like much, but the Radicati research group expects 293 billion emails will be sent every single day this year and the power needs to be generated -- mostly from fossil fuels. Apps can quickly drain and shorten the life of phone batteries, with Snapchat a particularly "heavy" messaging service because it automatically turns on the camera. Then there are the server farms crunching mammoth amounts of data worldwide, which require huge amounts of electricity both to run and to power air conditioning which keeps the equipment from getting too hot. "Under the … [Read more...] about Dirty data: Firms count environmental costs of digital planet
By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., May 14, 2019 I’m a sucker for fast food specials, as evidenced by my last greasy taste test that involved eating multiple A&W fast food Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches for the purpose of research. Starting this week, McDonald’s Canada is now serving fish and chips for a limited time across the country. While fish and chips isn’t as novel as lab-grown not-meat meat, my coworkers were intrigued by the new offering so I had McDonald’s send me a few boxes. Diners in Atlantic Canada were the first to get a taste of McDonald’s fish and chips as part of a pilot project a year ago. That version is basically the same that’s now being rolled out nationwide: two pieces of fried haddock (Newfoundlanders were initially skeptical that cod wasn’t used) with McDonald’s famous fries and a side of tartar sauce, the same stuff in a Filet-O-Fish. According to the press release, the haddock is … [Read more...] about Is McDonald’s new fish and chips better than a Filet-O-Fish?
By Marieke Walsh iPolitics Mon., May 6, 2019 Ontario’s big city mayors were joined by some of their rural cousins Monday to amplify calls for a reversal of planned public health cuts. The cuts, buried in Premier Doug Ford’s April budget, will see the province download funding responsibility for vaccinations, infection prevention and control and well-baby programs (among many others) on to the municipalities. At the same time, the province is also whittling down the number of health boards in Ontario from 35 to 10 — but other than saying Toronto will have a stand-alone health agency, it hasn’t said what the boundaries of the new health agencies will be or who will run them. [READ MORE: Backlash to public health cuts grows in Ontario ] All of this leaves municipalities unable to respond to the cuts they know are coming, according to municipal officials from York Region, Peterborough and Eastern Ontario who spoke at a press conference at … [Read more...] about Ontario municipalities unite in opposition to public health cuts
Our busy lives can make it hard for us to stick to a cleaning routine, our time is finite after all… but these seven items are vital to clean daily and forgetting about them can have serious health ramifications. Concentrate on these seven household items and areas to keep your kitchen in tip top shape every day: 1) DIRTY DISHES Associate Professor Barbara Mullan from Curtin University's school of psychology told ABC: "Bacteria will stay alive alive on surfaces, even clean surfaces, for up to four days. So on fishes that have contamination like food particles, bacteria can stay alive for a very long time." The only solution? "Try to keep on top of the dishes," she said. 2. KITCHEN SINK Dr Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona's Zukerman College of Public Health in Tucson told Woman's Day: "There can be millions of pathogens (disease-causing germs) clinging to the sink and the seal of the drain," says Dr Reynolds. Same as … [Read more...] about 7 things in the kitchen you should clean everyday