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39 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images

39 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Whether you need to alter a photo or resize it, this list of 39 free image creation tools will cover ever design feature you need.

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Alcohol increases cancer risk, but don't trust the booze industry to give you the facts straight

Alcohol increases cancer risk, but don't trust the booze industry to give you the facts straight | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

A new study has found the alcohol industry deliberately misrepresenting the cancer risk of alcohol, while passing it off as health messaging.


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Eco-Friendly House Built Around A Vertical Garden

Eco-Friendly House Built Around A Vertical Garden | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Wanting to feel connected to nature is not uncommon and a lot of modern and contemporary houses are designed to fulfill this desire. However, few designs t

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Both men and women need strong bones, but their skeletons grow differently across ages

Both men and women need strong bones, but their skeletons grow differently across ages | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Fracture risk is higher in older women than men, but in adolescence the reverse is true. These differences mean our approach to managing bone health for men and women changes across the ages.

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A Remote Paradise Island Is Now a Plastic Junkyard

A Remote Paradise Island Is Now a Plastic Junkyard | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Henderson Island is isolated and uninhabited—but its beaches are still covered in garbage.  

 

Henderson Island (article or podcast) is about the most remote place you can visit without leaving the planet. It sits squarely in the middle of the South Pacific, 3,500 miles from New Zealand in one direction and another 3,500 miles from South America in the other.  Henderson should be pristine. It is uninhabited. Tourists don’t go there. There’s no one around to drop any litter. The whole place was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1988. The nearest settlement is 71 miles away, and has just 40 people on it. And yet, seafaring plastic has turned it into yet another of humanity’s scrapheaps.

 

Tags: pollution, Oceania, water, environment, sustainability, consumption.


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Tiffany Cooper's curator insight, August 22, 2017 3:17 PM

#GEO130

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Useful for the IDU topic of plastic single use water bottles.
Katie Kershaw's curator insight, April 26, 1:49 PM
If I had looked at this picture without the context, I would think it was somewhere where people had stayed for a while and then left the place trashed with their own garbage.  In reality,  this is an island that is 3500 miles away from the nearest major settlement and doesn’t have any human inhabitants.  This really exemplifies that even though plastic waste may not be in one’s backyard, it never truly goes away.  Plastic is a material that cannot be broken down, so when it is dumped it just moves around until it hits land.  The article pointed out that plastic is incredibly difficult to clean up, particularly on places like Henderson Island.  When it floats in the ocean for a long time, it becomes brittle and breaks into very small fragments.  Those small fragments then mix with the sand and get buried, making it impossible to get rid of.  Another fact about this island that was shocking is that 3,750 pieces of litter wash up everyday, which is 100,000 times than other islands.  Henderson Island is not suitable for humans to live on, as there is no freshwater, frequent storms, and incredibly sharp terrain.  It is interesting that an island that keeps humans away can’t defend itself against plastic.  The reach of humans extends far beyond what they imagine and even uninhabitable land is infested with human waste.  No matter how remote a place is, it will still be effected by people.
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Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains")

Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains") | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

No longer a boring side dish, cauliflower is seeing a surge in popularity, driven by the desire for alternatives to gluten-filled grains

Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.

Last summer, Whole Foods introduced a 365-branded cauliflower rice to its freezer section. It now ranks at No. 4 in the store's top 10 frozen vegetables, a list that previously was limited to mainstays like broccoli, peas and spinach, says Jenna Layden, senior buyer for the private label brand at Whole Foods. Cauliflower rice is so popular at Trader Joe's that the grocery chain recently began enforcing a two-bag limit per customer, rationing it so that there's enough to go around. When manufacturer B&G acquired Green Giant in 2015, the company immediately expanded its cauliflower line to include three types of cauliflower rice, increasing the amount of the vegetable harvested every week from 5 acres to 35 acres, according to Green Giant VP and general manager Jordan Greenberg.

The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 17, 2017 10:07 PM
When was the last time you had cauliflower? Check out it's now popularity.

"Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.
"The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia."
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The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish ("are you having problems with arthritis? try some fish")

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish ("are you having problems with arthritis? try some fish") | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

Eating fish twice a week may ease the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

People with RA who ate fish at least twice a week reported less joint swelling and tenderness than those who rarely or never did—and the findings suggest that the more fish they ate, the less active their disease. 

The study involved 176 people with RA who answered questions about their diet over the past year. Specifically, the authors looked at responses to questions about how often people ate tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked. 

They did not look at how often people ate fried fish, shellfish or fish in mixed dishes (like shrimp stir-fry, for example), because these meals tend to be lower in omega-3 fatty acids—a type of fat with anti-inflammatory properties. Previous studies have shown that taking fish-oil supplements (which are rich in omega-3s) may benefit people with RA, but this is among the first studies to look at the consumption of actual fish.

The researchers also looked at the patients’ disease-activity scores, a measure that takes into account the number of swollen and tender joints they have, as well as a blood marker of inflammation. 

Disease-activity scores were an average of half a point lower for people who ate the most fish (twice a week or more) compared to those who ate the least (once a month or never). This was found after researchers adjusted for a number of factors that may otherwise affect the results, including age, sex, body mass index, depression, marital status, medication use and fish-oil consumption.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 27, 2017 11:14 PM
If you are looking for a dietary solution to arthritis, you have to start liking tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked.

"Disease-activity scores were an average of half a point lower for people who ate the most fish (twice a week or more) compared to those who ate the least (once a month or never). This was found after researchers adjusted for a number of factors that may otherwise affect the results, including age, sex, body mass index, depression, marital status, medication use and fish-oil consumption.
"The study also suggests that people don’t have to eat fish twice a week to get some benefit, and they don’t have to stop at twice a week, either. Each serving of fish per week was linked to lower disease activity."
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How exercise can improve your love life

How exercise can improve your love life | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Due to blood flow, perception of one's looks and stamina, researchers can draw a clear line between more exercise and better sex.

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A Race of Discovery

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Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers with Travelbag’s historical Google Maps tool. See how the likes of Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart made their way across land and sea, and how those famous voyages translate into the transportation of today! Begin your very own epic adventure below…

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Eating Eggs and Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster (better "length-for-age; weight-for-length; BMI")

Eating Eggs and Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster (better "length-for-age; weight-for-length; BMI") | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

New studies found that eggs and cow's milk can help spur child growth at an early age.

Feeding eggs to children as young as six months can help them grow and reduce stunting, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. What’s more, giving kids eggs at such a young age did not seem to increase the risk of allergic reactions, adding to similar findings from other recent research. In the study, no allergy symptoms were reported by caregivers.

At the end of the trial, the toddlers in the egg group were 47% less likely to have stunted growth, and 74% less likely to be underweight for their age, compared to those who were not fed eggs on a daily basis. Length-for-age, weight-for-length, and body mass index (BMI) percentiles also increased significantly for children in the egg group versus the control group.

Iannotti says that eggs can be an easy way to help children grow and gain weight in poor and undeveloped countries, since they’re widely available, cost less than meat or fish, and can be easily stored and transported. They’re also high in choline, a nutrient that’s important for growth, and amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

“Eggs have been part of the Homo sapien diet for a long time, so we may even be genetically disposed to absorbing nutrients from them more efficiently.”

The researchers also found another benefit of an egg-heavy diet: When kids ate an egg a day, they ate fewer sugar-sweetened foods than those in the control group. “We don’t know if the kids were full and didn’t eat as much sugar, or if the parents were feeding them less,” Iannotti says. “But whatever the reason, it was a positive finding.”


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 17, 2017 4:03 AM
More points in favor of eggs and dairy for children. 

"Feeding eggs to children as young as six months can help them grow and reduce stunting, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. What’s more, giving kids eggs at such a young age did not seem to increase the risk of allergic reactions, adding to similar findings from other recent research. In the study, no allergy symptoms were reported by caregivers."
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5 questions that reveal if a company has a healthy Workplace Culture

5 questions that reveal if a company has a healthy Workplace Culture | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Last week, a friend who’s looking for a new job asked me this. She’d been doing a few interviews, and was trying to figure out what questions to ask during her interviews to discern if a potential…

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What sets most successful companies apart from others is having a healthy workplace culture and this includes having a sound work-life balance. Some organizations will outsource this will outsource a survey to a third party like for example checking out on "Good Place to Work" scores. However, it would be a good idea for team leaders to prepare a ready reckoner, a checklist to see if they have allowed for opportunities for healthy debates, or if they have ensured accessibility to employees. Celebrating success and acknowledging accomplishment, and coaching would be team leaders will go a long way in ensuring that the company maintains a healthy workplace culture!
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How to Improve Your Decision Making Ability

How to Improve Your Decision Making Ability | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

Want to know the secret to improving your decision making skills? It's easier than you think. 


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 13, 2017 8:21 AM

Formulaic thinking can appear simple yet actually doing it relies on discipline and action.  What do you think?

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Lucid post, presenting interesting data. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in decision-making, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com/nossos-blogs/processo-decisorio/

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Decisions at the lowest level decimated can provide a great value especially with the minor items to later having a larger impact.
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7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate, According To Science ("why didn't i know this when i was a boy")

7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate, According To Science ("why didn't i know this when i was a boy") | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

If you love dark chocolate, then start celebrating. Here are 7 legitimate health reasons to eat chocolate every day.

So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.

1. Healthier skin

Eating antioxidant-rich chocolate leads to skin that's smoother, less dried out, and more resistant to sunburn, studies have shown.

2. Healthier teeth

In fact, in a study of Indian children who hadn't brushed in four days, a single rinse with a cocoa-based mouthwash reduced plaque by nearly 50% and killed 21% of bacteria.

3. Reduced cravings and weight gain

Researchers from the Netherlands found that people who simply smelled 85% dark chocolate reported that their appetite levels dropped by up to half. Smelling dark chocolate, they found, stimulates production of an antihunger hormone called ghrelin, and the effect lingers for about an hour.

4. A healthier heart

Chocolate is often vilified because it contains cocoa butter, which is high in saturated fat. But it turns out that like other forms of saturated fat, such as coconut oil, cocoa butter could actually be good for you.

5. Sharper focus

6. Less anxiety

Stress prompts your body to produce cortisol, which has an added downside of triggering the accumulation of the abdominal, or visceral, fat that builds up around your organs and can contribute to depression, along with heart disease and stroke.

7. A more effective workout

Boosting your pre-exercise energy levels, powering through a hard sweat session, and cutting down on post-workout soreness—chocolate helps all three.


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If you love dark chocolate, then start celebrating. Here are 7 legitimate health reasons to eat chocolate every day.

"So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.
1. Healthier skin
2. Healthier teeth
3. Reduced cravings and weight gain
4. A healthier heart
5. Sharper focus 
6. Less anxiety
7. A more effective workout"
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Are you part of a social group? Making sure you are will improve your health

Are you part of a social group? Making sure you are will improve your health | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Social connectedness is at least as good for your health as quitting smoking or exercise. So what is it and how can you get some of it?

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10 countries that desperately want people to have more sex

10 countries that desperately want people to have more sex | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Roughly half the countries around the world experience low fertility rates, and some get pretty creative in how they encourage procreation.

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While many countries have anti-natalist policies (policies to discourage more births), other countries with declining populations have pro-natalist policies in an attempt to increase fertility rates.  While not an exhaustive list, this list gives a few more examples that teachers can use to show how countries in stage 4 of the demographic transition are dealing with declining fertility rates.  

 

 

Tags: declining populations, population, demographic transition model, modelsunit 2 population. 

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Examples of pro-natalist countries.
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Population

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9 Causes of Leg Cramps—and How To Stop Them ("know the causes and decide to adopt lifestyle changes")

9 Causes of Leg Cramps—and How To Stop Them ("know the causes and decide to adopt lifestyle changes") | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

We asked experts to explain what causes leg cramps and how you can avoid them in the future

What are leg cramps? 

If you haven't already, you will probably experience leg cramps at some point in your life. They can hit at the worst possible moments; whether you're lying in bed at night or taking a run on the treadmill, that sharp stabbing pain can feel totally debilitating. If leg cramps, also called charley horses, persist, they can become even more irritating, perhaps knocking you off your typical exercise or sleep routine. 

A leg cramp is a sharp, sudden contraction or tightening of the muscle in the calf, which usually lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. If a cramp does hit, you can ease it in the moment by stretching the muscle gently. To find a long-term solution to leg cramps, however, you might need to take a closer look at their many potential causes. 

To keep leg cramps at bay, make sure you're nourishing your body and getting enough rest. You'll also want to rule out any underlying issues that could be contributing to leg cramping, such as peripheral artery disease or thyroid issues. See a doctor when cramps prevent you from exercising, or if they seem to happen spontaneously without a trigger. 

Here, experts weigh in on the major reasons you might be experiencing leg cramps, so you can keep those muscles free of charley horses for good.


1. Dehydration 2. Mineral deficiency 3. Pregnancy 4. Overuse 5. Exercise intensity 6. Fatigue 7. Sitting or standing 8. Medications 9. Medical conditions



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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 3, 2017 11:39 AM
Leg cramps can become really painful and no one wants to suffer regularly from them. First step is to check the WHY and later decide on the HOW TO. Read the article to know more.

1. Dehydration 
2. Mineral deficiency 
3. Pregnancy 
4. Overuse 
5. Exercise intensity 
6. Fatigue 
7. Sitting or standing 
8. Medications 
9. Medical conditions
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The Future of Diabetes Management

The Future of Diabetes Management | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
One in eleven persons has to cope with diabetes worldwide on a daily basis 

According to the latest estimates of the WHO, 422 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide – and the number is growing steadily. It means that one person in eleven has to manage the chronic condition on a daily basis, which might lead to stroke, blindness, heart attack, kidney failure or amputation. There are two types of diabetes: when the body does not produce enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) and when the organism cannot utilize the generated insulin (type 2 diabetes). While the latter can be prevented with conscious lifestyle choices, the former is a mystery to the medical community. But if someone has diabetes, that means having a constant companion.

In both cases, the treatment of the symptoms requires constant blood glucose control, which usually requires a kind of insulin intake at regular intervals, as well as blood pressure control and/or foot care. It is a truly technologically dependent condition: you need to monitor your blood glucose level, your blood pressure, your weight, follow a meal plan, test your blood every now and then. Luckily, there are so many digital health innovations for diabetes patients out there that diabetes management has been improving for years steadily – and it will significantly change in the coming years.

But technology in itself is insufficient: you need people to utilize it – and diabetes patients do. It is one of the largest and most motivated communities both online and offline, sharing their experiences on social media and other platforms. I believe one of the most amazing development is due to the diabetes community: the #wearenotwaiting movement advocated the absolutely efficient DIY artificial pancreas for so long and so successfully that the FDA approved it! Democratized healthcare at its finest!

1) Digital Contact Lenses

Although Google stopped developing its augmented reality glass, Google Glass, they did not give up on combining vision and technology. The search engine giant and Novartis signed an agreement in order to cooperate on the development of the digital contact lens patented in 2014. According to the plans, through the lens, you can get more information from the digital world plus it can measure blood glucose levels from tears as an added benefit.

Google and Novartis said the lens would contain a tiny and ultra slim microchip that would be embedded in one of its thin concave sides. Through its equally tiny antenna, it would send data about the glucose measurements from the user’s tears to his or her paired smartphone via installed software. Originally, the companies promised to put the digital contact lens around 2020 on the market, but Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez in 2015 said that the contact lens would be on track to begin testing that year – and backtracked later.

Since then, there has been no news about the state of progress. However, in March 2017 Novartis Chairman Joerg Reinhardt talked down the chances of the project bringing visible results in the next couple of years, which is not very promising. [It’s] a long-term project, not something where we were expecting a breakthrough in the first couple of years. We certainly haven’t seen such a breakthrough. We don’t expect anything incredible in the next three to four years, Reinhardt said.

2) Gamification

Isn’t it more fun to make the diabetes monster happy than to boringly measure blood glucose level? There are already companies leveraging on your inner child. There are amazing applications for smartphones that can help you manage diabetes efficiently. MySugr, an Austrian company, released several applications that can add a little bit of gamification to the traditional diabetes management apps.

The company also developed the mySugr Junior App designed for kids to learn how to manage diabetes properly. It also enables parents to keep control over the therapy when they are not around the kid. The app looks like a game in which the children get points for every entry and the goal is to score a particular amount of points every single day.

3) Patient empowerment with big data

I have been quantifying my health for decades, I have even done so before the start of the wearable revolution: in an excel spreadsheet. But it’s not just l’art pour l’art data collection, I want to know everything about my organism in order to live longer and healthier in full mental, physiological and psychological capacity. So I am always happy to see inventions aiming to do the same.

Doug Kanter collected data about himself for a full year – blood sugar readings, insulin doses, meals, sporting activity etc. His company, Databetes was born out of his own experiences with diabetes. It helps patients better manage their condition by providing a good way for logging and measuring data, as well as a revolutionary concept to analyze the big data behind one person’s disease. Patients can support each other through social media channels and become coaches for each other. Look at sixuntilme.com for best practice examples.

4) Artificial pancreas

The bionic or artificial pancreas basically replicates what a healthy version of the organ does on its own, and it enables diabetes patients to live an easier life in a sustainable way. The device can measure blood glucose levels constantly and decide upon the insulin delivery itself. Engineers from Boston University have developed a bionic pancreas system that uses continuous glucose monitoring along with subcutaneous delivery of both rapid-acting insulin and glucagon as directed by a computer algorithm. However, it was not in commercial use.

As there was no single device on the medical market, which was able to monitor blood sugar and supply insulin automatically, creative persons invented a DIY version from existing technologies. Aas I mentioned above, a grass-root (social media) movement called #wearenotwaiting grew out of the initiative, who campaigned for the introduction of such artificial pancreas on the market for years persistently. One of the leading figures of the movement, Dana Lewis told me how an artificial pancreas eases everyday life. She has been using the device for almost two years by the time the US Food and Drug Administration finally approved it.

5) Food scanners

Currently, we have absolutely no idea, what we are eating – not to speak about what we should. Food scanners promised they will be able to tell how many grams of sugar a piece of fruit contains, or what the alcohol percentage of a drink is. Canadian TellSpec announced its aim is to develop a hand–held food scanner that can inform users about specific ingredients and macronutrients, but the market launch is unfortunately in delay. The Israeli company SCiO  uses a technology similar to TellSpec’s but is designed to identify the molecular content of foods, medicines, and even plants. The company says that in milliseconds the ingredients and molecular make–up of the foodstuff will appear on the user’s smartphone. However, their promises have yet to be fulfilled, as the scanner, they introduced on the market does not exactly deliver what the demo did.

The Nima gluten-sensor (already on the market!) was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 best inventions of 2015. It is a portable, nicely designed gadget, which is able to tell you from a small food sample within two minutes, whether the food on your plate contains gluten. The firm also hopes to apply its technology to detect other food allergens, including peanuts and dairy.

6) Pocket-sized gadgets

When you live with diabetes, you get used to carting around with plenty of things such as meters, test strips, lancing devices. Therefore a pocket-sized gadget combining many meters and strips can mean change in life quality. The personalized, pocket-sized, all-in-one glucose meter called Dario can offer you that comfort. Moreover, it comes with a robust real-time mobile app to manage diabetes quickly, efficiently and accurately.

For over 25 years, Medtronic has been helping people with diabetes with its complex insulin pumps. With its latest, personalized, hybrid closed-loop system it seems to get a step closer to build its own artificial pancreas. In 2016, Medtronic announced its partnership with IBM Watson. The company introduced a demo for a new app at CES 2016 that will eventually give patients detail information about the rate of insulin delivered, the constantly fluctuating glucose level and carbohydrate intake information, alongside with information from wearable trackers or calendar details.

7) Wireless blood glucose monitor

Glucose monitors usually work like this: you prick your finger, you apply the drop of blood to the glucose strip, and soon you will get the results. For someone, who requires glucose monitoring more than 3-4 times per day, it is a troublesome process.

The medical company Abbott released a FreeStyle Libre wireless monitor especially for them. It is the first of a new class of glucose monitoring devices that use “flash” technology. The user has to wear a sensor on the upper arm, which measures glucose in the body water known as “interstitial fluid”. The FreeStyle Libre is very accurate, as it can do the measurement every minute!

8) Digital tattoos

Doctors have been searching for ways how to spare patients from the pain and trouble of blood glucose monitoring for years. Beyond wireless monitors, researchers have created an electronic skin patchthat senses excess glucose in sweat and automatically administers drugs by heating up microneedles that penetrate the skin. The prototype was developed by Dae-Hyeong Kim, assistant professor at Seoul National University and researchers at MC10, the company experimenting with all kinds of microchips and biostamps that can measure numerous vital signs simultaneously.

I hope that the technology will spread around soon and it will bring the era of wireless diabetes management to every patient.

So there are more and more technologies that can help people manage diabetes properly besides potentially future therapies such as new drugs or islet cell transplantation but it’s really time to manage diabetes in a gamified and comfortable way and I believe that the best gadgets and the best technological solutions are just yet to come.


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Will running barefoot do you harm?

Will running barefoot do you harm? | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it
Running shoes help many of us keep fit – but for thousands of years, we ran without them. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t still run barefoot?

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Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery ("this preventive dietary approach to cancer may work")

Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery ("this preventive dietary approach to cancer may work") | NATURESPONSIBILITY | Scoop.it

The premise is that since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells. Additionally, low protein intake tends to minimize the mTOR pathway, which accelerates cell proliferation.

This type of diet, in which you replace carbs with moderate amounts of high quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. It’s simply a diet that will help optimize your weight and health overall, as eating this way will help you convert from carb burning mode to fat burning.

Current conventional cancer treatment typically involves chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is a cytotoxic poison, and radiation is devastating to the human body. More often than not, the treatment is what eventually kills the patient. This can no longer be accepted as “the best we can do.”

CBN News recently published an article on the ketogenic diet.2 Clearly, many people are realizing that what we have been doing in terms of fighting cancer is simply not working, and we cannot afford to continue in the same way. Prevention must be addressed if we ever want to turn the tide on the growing incidence of cancer across all age groups. But even more astounding, in terms of treatment, is that cancer may respond to diet alone.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 27, 2017 10:10 PM
Ever heard of KETOGENIC diet? This may be a more pleasant way to fight cancer. Find out what it is all about.

"Clearly, many people are realizing that what we have been doing in terms of fighting cancer is simply not working, and we cannot afford to continue in the same way. Prevention must be addressed if we ever want to turn the tide on the growing incidence of cancer across all age groups. But even more astounding, in terms of treatment, is that cancer may respond to diet alone."
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The Hidden Dangers of Makeup and Shampoo ("trying to look and feel good may have bad results")

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A new study shows that people report a number health and safety issues concerning their cosmetics, makeup and hair care to the FDA.

"As a dermatologist, we live and breathe cosmetics and personal care products," says study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident physician in the department of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, citing his motivation for the study. "I get asked every day, 'What is safe to use?'" 

In the new research letter, Xu and his colleagues looked at the number of adverse events reported to the FDA and found that over a 12-year period, there were 5,144 health-related complaints submitted due to cosmetic products.

The study authors were able to evaluate the number of cases reported to the agency because in 2016, the FDA made the CFSAN database publicly available. The new researched shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 396 events were reported per year, with an increase between 2015 to 2016. The three most commonly cited products were for hair care, skin care and tattoos. "This isn't designed to be alarmist," says Xu. Still, "we have this huge industry and there are lots of chemicals in these products that largely go unregulated."

To combat the problem, the writers of both the study and the editorial argue that better surveillance is needed. Xu encourages more people and their doctors to provide thorough reports to the FDA, and he argues companies should take a greater role in this reporting, too. "I think broader reporting from all parties and mandatory reporting from manufacturers is not a controversial thing to ask for," says Xu. Increasing the agency's budget and oversight is another solution, and the editorial authors argue the agency is "underresourced for even the very limited responsibilities it currently has for the safety of cosmetics." However, a bump to the FDA's budget, at least for now, doesn't seem likely, as the agency is facing the potential for budget cuts in the near future.


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There is big money in the wellness industry but not all players are selling safe products. Awareness of health issues is becoming a primary concern.

"The new researched shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 396 events were reported per year, with an increase between 2015 to 2016. The three most commonly cited products were for hair care, skin care and tattoos. "This isn't designed to be alarmist," says Xu. Still, "we have this huge industry and there are lots of chemicals in these products that largely go unregulated."
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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

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Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors.

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How much water you should REALLY drink in a day revealed

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Medical research centre the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota suggests that men should drink 13 cups a day on average, while women should drink nine - but a formula can work out the exact amount for you.
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10 Intelligent Creatures That Are Evolving To The Modern World

the evolution of the smartest animals Subscribe to TheHub http://goo.gl/87YJzG Our planet is constantly changing. And with technology advancing at a rapi

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Exercise Can Almost Halve The Risk Of Death Or Recurrence In Cancer Patients

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Australian research shows the benefits of exercise should not be ignored.

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Key Questions to Ask Your Prospective Electronic Health Record (EHR) Vendor

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Since the U.S. Government’s mandate to implement electronic health record (EHR) technology in 2014, EHR systems have become the new norm in the healthcare industry. In fact, as of 2015, nearly 87% of in-office physicians have adopted an EHR system, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  

Despite the high adoption rate in recent years, there are still private and public healthcare providers functioning without EHR systems. If your organization has yet to adopt, there are several important considerations to take into account when starting your search.

  

Beginning Your EHR Search

  

With 600 potential EHR vendors to choose from, your first task should be researching which providers are the best fit for your organization type. Does your short list of providers serve clients like yourself?

  

Since healthcare is such an expansive field, industry players have begun specializing in technology for certain types of healthcare providers. For example, vendors can specialize in ambulatory/emergency services, dental practices or behavioral health EHR – to name a few.

  

Once you begin your vetting process with a short list of EHR providers, you should address product-related concerns. Does your staff require mobile capability? Do you prefer an integrated model or a platform with multiple modules?

  

After you’ve weighed the pros and cons of various product offerings, consider the implementation process. How long will the transition and installation take following a signed contract? What kind of support will you receive once installed?

  

A thorough evaluation of your EHR solution options is crucial because it’s a significant investment. Implementation costs can range from $15,000 to $70,000, according to Health IT.gov. By choosing wisely, you can effectively streamline your organization’s administrative and patient relations processes for years to come.

  

Check out the infographic below for more key questions to ask your prospective EHR vendor.


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