PARIS: Australia's koalas, their very existence imperilled by disease, bushfires, car strikes, and dog attacks, face a more hopeful future thanks to scientists cracking its genetic code, a study said Tuesday (Jul 3).A mammoth effort by more than 50 researchers in seven countries uncovered 26,558 koala genes, yielding vital DNA clues for vaccines against diseases such as sexually transmitted chlamydia, which blinds the cuddly critters and leaves them infertile."The genome has allowed us to understand the koala immune genes in detail for the first time," said Rebecca Johnson of the Australian Museum Research Institute, a co-author of the study published in Nature Genetics."These genes (are) directly contributing to vaccines for koalas," she told AFP.The DNA code should also boost koala breeding programmes.It revealed that inbreeding was higher among koalas from Victoria and South Australia states than among their cousins from Queensland and New South Wales.The discovery "allows us … [Read more...] about Science hope for threatened koalas
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Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more parenting stories and videosNEW YORK: It is normal for toddlers to go through a picky eating phase, but experts say parents can help them learn to handle new sensations and avoid a battle of wills.Hildy S Lipner, chief of paediatric speech pathology at Joseph M Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey, said that by the time she sees children with picky eating problems, they are usually between 18 months and three years old, and already have their patterns well established.While those patterns reflect children’s different temperaments, they may also go back to the way parents and children navigated that normally picky toddler phase.So at six months or so, which is when the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends introducing solid foods into a baby’s diet, parents should be aware that babies are already establishing habits. “The best time to transition kids as you go up the textural … [Read more...] about How to deal with the ‘picky eating’ phase of your toddler
Regine Velasquez, Marian Rivera give tips for feeding picky eaters MANILA, Philippines — Are you a parent or a guardian of a child who is a picky eater? Worry not because Kapuso actresses Regine Velasquez and Marian Rivera are also like you. In separate press conferences, Regine and Marian revealed some tricks they do to make their children eat healthy. Regine: Mix and introduce slowly Related video: Regine shares how she teaches Nate to eat healthy “He is a picky eater talaga,” Regine said of her son, Nate, during their recent launch as new Jollibee endorsers. Before Nate has learned to obey Regine in eating vegetables, there used to be a time when she had to hide vegetables in his food. “Pwede mo namang dayain eh. ‘Pag buo ‘yung kanin nila tapos ‘yung meat nandyan, gawin mo i-osterize mo ‘yung vegetable, ilagay mo sa kanin, ‘Anak, fried rice ‘yan!’” Regine shared. … [Read more...] about Regine Velasquez, Marian Rivera give tips for feeding picky eaters
ANTIPOLO -- Pinto Art Musuem in Antipolo City is an Instagrammer's paradise. Every corner of the Mission Revival architecture-inspired space is picture-perfect. There's art everywhere, from the indoor galleries to the sculptures hanging from trees. And, of course, even the food is social media-ready. Cafe Rizal by Peppermill is the museum's in-house restaurant. It serves various local and international cuisines in a charming and romantic setting. The restaurant is furnished with vintage wrought iron furniture. Iron and wood tables and chairs are used in the indoor dining space, while the al fresco area has white wrought iron and glass garden dining sets. The all-white Mission-style building that houses the restaurant is surrounded by lush gardens and tall trees. It also has a bar where guests can also try alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It has an extensive menu with almost 100 dishes from appetizer to dessert. And the menu is perfect for picky eaters since Cafe Rizal serves … [Read more...] about News Antipolo eats: Pinto Art Museum’s cafe is just as Instagram-worthy
By Casey Seidenberg The Washington Post Tues., April 3, 2018 Yes, feeding children can be challenging. They can be picky eaters. They may start rejecting foods they once loved or feel too afraid to try new ones. They may refuse vegetables and insist that ketchup tops everything. All these behaviours are normal, yet as parents, there are right ways and wrong ways to respond. We can help our kids push through these periods with healthy habits intact, or we can lead them toward overeating, emotional eating or picky eating through the way we handle food. I spoke with Dina Rose, a sociologist, parent educator and author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating, about creating and nurturing healthy relationships with food. Rose explained to me that “when parents are really heavily focused on their kids such as ‘how can I get my kid to eat this’ or on the food such as ‘what can I cook that … [Read more...] about Parental feeding styles can have consequences for kids, which type is yours?