Study: Too Fat? Maybe A Virus Is To Blame
August 20, 2007 05:54 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
A common virus caused human adult stem cells to turn into fat cells and could explain why some people become obese, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The research builds on prior studies of adenovirus-36 -- a common cause of respiratory and eye infections -- and it may lead to an obesity vaccine, they said.
Roof, Paints, Carpets - New Phildelphia Senior Development Goes Totally Green
August 20, 2007 04:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
From the 20,000 square foot vegetation-covered roof, to low-VOC paints and caulking, to the carpets, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has created a new 'best-practices' standard for green senior housing. It's called the Nellie Reynolds Gardens. Philadelphia, already a leader in building Energy Star affordable housing, is taking its commitment to energy efficiency and a clean environment to a new level, building its first "totally green building" in North Philadelphia.
Organic Wild Hoodia, Appetite Suppressant, Arrives
August 20, 2007 02:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
A Canadian herbal supplement company has begun marketing organic, wild grown Hoodia Gordonii, an African herb known for its high levels of steroidal glycoside - the principal appetite suppressant molecule in the plant. The company says organic certification is pending.
Green Fundraising Comes Of Age As Schools Say No To Unhealthy Fundraisers
August 20, 2007 01:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
The search for healthy alternatives to unhealthy school fundraisers may be over. When new laws banned the sale of unhealthy foods to raise money for schools, parents and school representatives were left without many options, scratching their heads for new sources of money. Enter 'Fundraising Green', the first fundraising company focused solely on providing healthy and eco-friendly fundraisers.
Family Planning Needs In Developing Countries Spurs W.H.O., Johns Hopkins, To Publish Science-Based Contraception Handbook
August 20, 2007 12:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
The World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University, have published a handbook on family planning for developing nations. The handbook, is based on the best available scientific evidence was driven by the urgent unmet needs of millions of women and families who seek information on contraception.
Uganda Agricultural Effort Gets $12M From World Bank
August 20, 2007 11:59 AM - Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDevNet
Agricultural research in Uganda has received a US$12 million boost from the World Bank. The bank's board of directors approved the loan for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project this month (August). "Raising agricultural productivity is a key area for the [Ugandan] government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a flagship operational area for the bank's Africa Action Plan," said John McIntire, the World Bank's country director for Tanzania and Uganda, in a press release.
7 Hours From Nearest Road, Power, Nepali Teacher Wins 'Asian Nobel Prize' For Village Wireless Project
August 20, 2007 11:42 AM - Mahabir Pun and Imelda Abano, SciDevNet
A Nepali teacher has been honoured with the Nobel Prize of Asia for his innovative application of wireless computer technology in Nepal. Mahabir Pun, 52, from the remote village of Nangi in Nepal organized and launched the project — The Nepal Wireless Networking Project — to meet the communication needs of his village, which is a seven hour climb to the nearest road and without a telephone connection.
Mom Always Said "Eat Your Veggies", But What About Your Whole Grains?
August 20, 2007 10:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Every cause has a day, or month, and why should grains be any different? So, courtesy of the Whole Grains Council, and the US Rice Federation, September is now, officially, the first-ever National Whole Grains Month.
Corn Syrup Makers Claim No Link Between Soft Drink Consumption and Obesity
August 20, 2007 10:29 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
According to a report, sponsored and conducted by corn syrup makers whose sweetner is used in soft drinks, people who frequently consume soft drinks sweetened with corn syrup, do not have a higher obesity rate than those who rarely drink them.
Nigerian Villagers Trade on Their Own Health for a Bit of Oil Money
August 20, 2007 09:12 AM - Heidi Vogt, Associated Press
The fire burned strong for 45 days and 45 nights, blanketing the village with ash and torching the young cassava plants in Ada Baniba's field. As she weeded, the flames flared out of the leaking oil pipeline behind her.