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This just in: artificial sweeteners are terrible for you.
Well, you already knew that. But in a win for supporters of all-natural food, a study led by Yanina Pepino of the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis found that consuming sucralose — sold under the name “Splenda” — can increase insulin production by 20% when consumed with sugar. Over long periods of time, elevated insulin levels can cause insulin resistance, which in turn leads to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes carries a host of associated health problems, which in the end can lead to (gasp!) death.
UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics through yogurt showed altered brain function, both while in a resting state and in response to an emotion-recognition task.
Award-winning interviewer Larry King will host a mold-breaking political talk show on RT from next month, speaking to both leading establishment figures, and those who are not afraid to go against the grain.
“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” says King.
A SYDNEY dad whose son was bullied at school has fought back by creating an iPad app in order to help other children dealing with the same problem.
The first program of its kind, The Dandelion Project has been taken on by Apple and it will be rolled out globally in August.
Galvin Scott Davis, 40, from Marrickville, came up with the concept for the story when his son Carter, now eight, was being bullied at school.
Created as a book series as well as an app, he used a dandelion because it grows in most countries and is associated with the idea if you blow on it you can make a wish.
He said: “Some kids aren’t really in a position to counteract bullying. The story was created to make something which would get him to talk to me about it.”
The child in the story, Benjamin Brewster, can’t physically counteract the bullies so he uses his imagination.”
On the app, children can blow on the dandelion and see it scatter, while making a wish.
The project will also include the topics of cyber bullying, female bullying, and look at the story of the bullies themselves.
Luke Enrose, who worked on the Harry Potter films and Charlotte’s Web, also took part in the project.
A German court made a woman pay her daughter €600 in damages after she put photos of her daughter in a bikini on the internet – complete with mocking comments underneath, a radio station reported on Wednesday. The woman, who lived in Baden-Württemberg, was charged with copyright violation after she published unflattering pictures of her bikini-clad daughter on Facebook, regional broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (SWR) said.
Despite claiming not to properly understand how the social networking site worked, she gave her 24-year-old daughter a fake name and added offensive comments about her weight.
But when the daughter heard from her friends about the pictures, she decided to take her mother to the Bonndorf regional court, who ordered that they were to be removed and that the daughter be awarded damages.
The judge heard how she “just wanted to share pictures of her daughter with friends.”
There was also an offensive photo of the woman’s son in the album which the daughter told the court she would like deleted.
The pair have since broken off all contact.
In the U.S. – land of the gas-guzzler SUV and 24/7 air conditioning – energy efficiency isn’t known as a strong suit. The country’s power management efforts are so poor that a new report ranks it near the bottom of the pack of major economies.
On a list of a dozen countries, which together account for 63% of global energy consumption, the U.S.’ efficiency efforts are ranked in lowly ninth place. With a score of 47 out of 100, the U.S. outpaces only Brazil, Canada and Russia, according to the reportfrom the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, known as ACEEE.
The United Kingdom ranks first with a 67 score, followed by countries such as Italy, Japan, France and China.
Still, Americans use more oil per capita than any other country except Canada – 4.7 tons a year per person, compared to roughly one ton in Brazil and China. The U.S. transportation sector, which focuses on road construction instead of on public transportation and has been slower to adopt fuel-efficient vehicles, is ranked dead last.
In the last decade, the country has made “limited or little progress toward greater efficiency,” according to the report. Unlike many other nations, the U.S. has yet to set a national energy savings goal – resulting instead in a hodgepodge of state standards.
“The U.K. and the leading economies of Europe are now well ahead of the United States when it comes to energy efficiency,” said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. “This is significant because countries that use energy more efficiently require fewer resources to achieve the same goals, thus reducing costs, preserving valuable natural resources, and creating jobs.”
ACEEE ranked countries using 27 metrics, including the amount of energy consumed relative to gross domestic product, the miles-per-gallon ratings for vehicles, the energy use per square foot for floor space in residential buildings and more.
A “FAT pride” conference starting today will hear how “fat subjects” are presented as “enemies of the state” and “weightism” is used to deny fat people their human rights.
The New Zealand conference features Australian speakers, including keynote speaker Samantha Murray from Macquarie University. Dr Murray describes herself as a “Fat Studies scholar… engaged in an ongoing fat activist project… a feminist who remains (and identifies as) fat.”
Despite dire warnings from the scientific community that obesity is one of the biggest health threats of our times, fat acceptance and fat pride movements are big in the US, and have been growing here, particularly through online communities referred to as the “Fatosphere”.
Activists argue that the obesity epidemic is more of a panic; that people can be healthy at any size; and that discrimination against fat people is a social justice issue.
Conference speaker and University of Melbourne PhD candidate Jackie Wykes’ abstract says: “Fat subjects are produced as irresponsible and therefore as unworthy, and this is used to justify the (threatened or actual) denial of health care, transport, education, employment, representation and dignity”.
The movement aims to replace “fat shame” with fat acceptance, pride and celebration.
Organiser Cat Pause (yes, really) could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Obesity expert Boyd Swinburn, director of the World Health Organisation’s Collaborative Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, said the fat acceptance movement was not as strong here as it is in the US, but he can understand why it exists.
Professor Swinburn said fat people did suffer a lot of prejudice but it was important that fat pride movements did not diminish the health effects of obesity.
“Anyone who works in the field has quite a lot of sympathy for the movement – for the people trying to maintain a sense of self esteem, to create a community and get some support,” he said.
“What I don’t think is appropriate is if the obesity epidemic as a whole is diminished by doing that. We can have both things.
“There are a lot of studies to show obese people are prejudged in social situations and employment and so on.”
Obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of death and illness in Australia. Most Australians are overweight and about a quarter are obese.
Being overweight or obese contributes to the risk of heart disease and strokes, diabetes, some cancers, and many other health problems.