100-Pound Weight Loss Possible With Behavioral Changes
August 27, 2007 07:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Lexington, KY - A new study indicates that with behavior change, humans can loose a lot of weight, in a relatively short period of time. The study tracked 118 men and women over nine years. Those 63 men and 55 women were part of a study led by Dr. James Anderson, head of the UK College of Medicine Metabolic Research Group. The average beginning weight of study participants was 353 pounds. The average weight loss was 134 pounds in 44 weeks.

Kids Burn More Fat, Need More Fat, Than Adults
August 27, 2007 07:34 PM - Reuters Health

NEW YORK - Children burn more body fat day-to-day than adults do, underscoring their need for a little extra fat in their diets, according to researchers. Though many adults try to limit their fat intake for the sake of their hearts and waistlines, experts recommend that parents allow more leeway in their children's diets.

Norway Unveils "First Ecological Prison"
August 27, 2007 07:11 PM - Aasa Christine Stoltz

BASTOEY, Norway - Norway put on show on Monday what it calls "the world's first ecological prison," where inmates play important roles in daily operations and learn to do their bit to protect the environment. The Bastoey Island low security prison uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint.

Study: Viagra Also Increases "Cuddle Chemical"
August 27, 2007 05:48 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

University of Wisconsin-Madison - A new study finds Viagra increases the release of a key reproductive hormone. Scientists found that the little blue pill may do more than get the blood pumping. Sildenafil — the generic name for Viagra — also increases release of a reproductive hormone in rats, according to a new study. The finding is the first indication of a chemical mechanism through which erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra may have physical effects besides increasing blood flow to sexual organs, says study author Meyer Jackson, a physiology professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Un-Sustainable: Flips And Scams Blamed In California Housing Decline
August 27, 2007 12:05 PM - Christelyn Karazin

CORONA, Calif (Reuters) - Bhaviesh and Varsha Shah bought their dream home in a new development east of Los Angeles two years ago, planted flowers around an emerald lawn and picked out wicker furniture for sitting outside on cool afternoons. Today the view from their porch is a street pocked with boarded windows and dead lawns -- homes now repossessed after buyers failed to make mounting mortgage payments.

Rave Reviews: Show Some Sun Love
August 27, 2007 11:07 AM - , Greenloop Fashions

With summer slowly coming to a close, I find it ironic that some of the best t-shirts are now hitting the stores. One of those t-shirts happens to be Zooey and Love & Eight's Organic Cotton Solar Powered Tee. These two established brands have teamed up for a "green project" to raise awareness about global warming and raise funds for the environmental group Healthy World, Healthy Child - a Los Angeles-based non-profit "dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures."

Climate Change Is a Mixed Bag for Inuit
August 27, 2007 10:30 AM - John McConnico, Associated Press

Since 1995, Greenland's vast ice cap has lost 7 percent of its mass and 300 feet in height, according to the European Environmental Agency, a European Union body based in Denmark.

Age-related Vision Loss - Genes Vs Lifestyle
August 27, 2007 10:25 AM - Harvard Public Health Review

Nature versus nurture. When it comes to health, both exert powerful influence. To what extent does a particular disease—diabetes in children, say, or cancer in the elderly—arise from genetic baggage beyond our control, and to what degree does it result from modifiable environmental and “lifestyle” choices? While most disorders result from a combination of both genetic and environmental factors, researchers say parsing out the roles of these two players is complicated business.

Don't trust the label? Genes show wine's pedigree
August 27, 2007 08:30 AM - Reuters

Wine grapes have extra copies of genes that confer flavor and aroma, as well as extra DNA coding for a health-giving compound, researchers reported on Sunday. The genome, or entire genetic map, of the grapevine sequenced by a collaboration of French and Italian scientists, shows the handiwork of master wine growers going back to the Stone Age.

Study: Combating Child Obesity With Gardening
August 25, 2007 06:43 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MANHATTAN, Kansas - Researcher Candice Shoemaker thinks she might have an answer to the nation's obesity epidemic in children: gardening. She hopes to show that gardening can promote a healthier lifestyle and combat childhood obesity in several ways. First, Shoemaker said, when children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables, they are more interested in eating them. Also, gardening not only gets children off of the couch and outdoors, but it also counts as physical activity.

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