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REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET! Overtaking 3rd World Disease

Posted: September 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, REBLOG!, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET! Overtaking 3rd World Disease

Scientists figured out the biggest contributor to early deaths across the world25 years ago, in 1990, maternal and child malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and sanitation were the leading risks for death. Today, unsurprisingly, poor diet has overtaken third world problems as the biggest contributor to early death around the world.

According to new analysis from the leading authority on global disease diet is the second highest (clearly aside from age) killer.

Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death, followed by high blood pressure and obesity.

However, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – IMHE – says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health across the globe.

The IMHE’s study found that the largest contributor to early death globally is high blood pressure, in which age and family history partly play a roll, but so do obesity, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Noteworthy, alcohol is also one of the top 10 risk factors associated with the highest number of deaths for both men and women.

The study looked at 14 dietary risk factors. Cumulatively, unhealthy eating, including diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to more deaths than any other factor, causing ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes :: Read the full article »»»»


NSW PASSES Childcare Vaccination Legislation, Victoria Close Behind and Feds Cut Welfare Payments to Unvaccinated Children

Posted: August 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: | Comments Off on NSW PASSES Childcare Vaccination Legislation, Victoria Close Behind and Feds Cut Welfare Payments to Unvaccinated Children

NSW PASSES Childcare Vaccination LegislationSTICKY: June 19, 2015 :: The New South Wales Parliament has passed new laws covering childcare centres and vaccination. From January 2016, childcare centres will be required to refuse the enrolment of a child whose parents or guardians cannot show proof of vaccination or provide an approved exemption.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says parents who are seeking an exemption will first need to speak to a general practitioner. Childcare centres will face fines if they do not complete checks to ensure a child is vaccinated, or that they have exemption.

Health experts have warned of increasing instances of whooping cough across the state, which they attribute to low immunisation rates. A recent report found that in the far north coast town of Mullumbimby, less than half of young children were fully immunised.

The new legislation, an amendment to the Public Health – Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities – Bill 2013, allows exemptions for “medical contraindication, conscientious objection based on personal, philosophical, religious or medical belief.”

Greens MP Dr John Kaye says the Bill has the support of the Greens, who say the legislation doesn’t take away the rights of an individual to oppose immunisation.

The Australian Medical Association says the New South Wales laws should set a precedent for the rest of the country. But some child care workers are warning that it could put disadvantaged children at an even greater risk.

With the Federal Governments No Jab/No Welfare Payment policy ready to kickoff in 2016, anti-vaccination groups are surely becoming an endangered species, you’d think. In the last 10 years, the number of children whose parents have objected to vaccination has doubled. Almost 40,000 children haven’t been vaccinated and have a conscientious objection on their record :: Read the full article »»»»


NEW Study Suggests Australian Women Ignoring Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

Posted: August 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NEW Study Suggests Australian Women Ignoring Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

Australian women not meeting nutritional needs during pregnancy, Adelaide University study suggestsAustralian women are not meeting their nutritional requirements during pregnancy despite most believing they are eating the right foods, an Adelaide University study has found.

The study examined the eating habits of 850 pregnant women from across Australia and whether they were following the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Results showed none of the women involved were correctly following the pregnancy nutrition guidelines, but 61 percent mistakenly thought they were.

Several other studies have indicated a lack of health knowledge amongst pregnant women, including drinking alcohol, though the blame doesn’t always lie with the mother. Pregnant women have long been told the zero-tolerance approach to drinking is their best bet, another report highlighting the inconsistencies in information provided to expectant mothers

One study found that up to 80 per cent of women questioned in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom reported drinking alcohol while pregnant :: Read the full article »»»»


University Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams

Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, University of Sydney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on University Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams

Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams

The internet and smartphones have made it easier for students to cheat in exams, a new report into academic misconduct at the University of Sydney has found. The report followed investigations into ways to prevent and detect academic dishonesty and misconduct among students at the university.

The Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Taskforce completed a number of investigations during May and June 2015, including interviews with representatives from each of the university’s 16 faculties ::Read the full article »»»»


Mythbusting SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Pseudosciences

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Outside the Box | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mythbusting SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Pseudosciences

Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science MythsYvette d’Entremont — chemist, blogger, and better known on the internet as “SciBabe” — has revealed how her medical history inspired her to debunk myths masquerading as science.

In her most famous stunt, she swallows the entire contents of a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills – 50 in all – to prove that they do not have any effect.

Alternative medicine is one of her pet subjects for debunking, along with the anti-vaccination movement, anti-genetically modified organisms campaigners and people who promote fake cancer cures.

Scibabe doesn’t deny that some people reckon  that alternative medicines like homeopathy work for them, but says they are not based on any form of scientific evidence :: Read the full article »»»»