Shots - Health Blog
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Gain Together, Lose Together: The Weight-Loss 'Halo' Effect

Studies show that friends and family gain weight — and lose weight — together.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 5:19 pm

Here's another good reason to lose weight: It might benefit your friends, family and co-workers. Such altruism might be just the final "nudge" some of us need.

Researchers are finding that the friends and family of obese and overweight individuals who lose weight lost weight themselves, and sometimes a lot of it. Dr. John Morton, who directs Bariatric Surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, calls obesity a "family disease."

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The Salt
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal, Add Spice

Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.
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Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:34 pm

No need to be stingy with spices. Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.

"Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease," explains researcher Sheila West.

Her study found that a spicy meal helps cut levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.

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Asia
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast

Workers burned during an explosion at an Apple supplier factory in Shanghai are seen at a hospital where they are receiving continued treatment for their injuries. According to the factory, 24 workers were burned in the explosion.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:06 pm

Apple's new iPad goes on sale this Friday, the latest version of a wildly popular product from an iconic company. In the past couple of months, though, Apple has come under criticism for working conditions in Chinese factories that help build iPads.

A New York Times investigation focused on an explosion at an Apple supplier factory last May. In December, another explosion struck a different Apple supplier factory in Shanghai.

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Folk Show
10:59 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

NHPR Folk Show (Fund Drive Edition) 3.11.12

 

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Love is the Water/ Brother Sun Brother Sun Brother Sun

Hooking the Bull at the Landing/ Guy Davis/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

Big Road Blues/ John Sebastian and the J- Band/ I Want My Roots/ Musicmasters

The Flood/ Eilen Jewell/ Heartache Blvd./ Signature Sounds

Birds and Ships/ Billy Bragg and Wilco/ Mermaid Avenue/ Rhino

All My Tears/ Bradford Bog People/ Fully Peated/ Bradford Bog People

Ridgeline/ Thom Perkins/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

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Folk Show
10:59 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

NHPR Folk Show (Fund Drive Edition) 3.11.12

 

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Love is the Water/ Brother Sun Brother Sun Brother Sun

Hooking the Bull at the Landing/ Guy Davis/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

Big Road Blues/ John Sebastian and the J- Band/ I Want My Roots/ Musicmasters

The Flood/ Eilen Jewell/ Heartache Blvd./ Signature Sounds

Birds and Ships/ Billy Bragg and Wilco/ Mermaid Avenue/ Rhino

All My Tears/ Bradford Bog People/ Fully Peated/ Bradford Bog People

Ridgeline/ Thom Perkins/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

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Folk Show
10:10 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Folk Show Calendar 3.11.12

Musicians

 

Thursday, March 15

>>>The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Flying Monkey ~ Plymouth, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ 603-536-2551

>>>David Francey at the Flying Goose Pub ~ New London, NH ~ 8pm ~ 603-526-6899

Friday, March 16

>>>The Bradford Bog People at Brown Memorial Library ~ Bradford, NH ~ 7pm         

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Kathleen Masterson was Harvest Public Media’s reporter based at Iowa Public Radio in Ames, Iowa. At Bowdoin College in Maine, Kathleen studied English and Environmental Studies and was torn as to which one she’d have to “choose” when finding a job. She taught high school English for a few years, and then swung back to science when she traveled to rural Argentina to work on a bird research project. She returned home to study science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduate school she went on to work as digital producer for NPR’s science desk before joining Harvest.

EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Cuba's Foray into Offshore Oil Drilling

Wikipedia/Haakman

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Cuba just began drilling for oil not far from U.S. shores and hopes to become a major exporter. What ramifications does this have for the environment? -- Betsy Shaw, Troy, NY

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

The "Just Label It" Campaign

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk:Can you fill me in on what the “Just Label It” campaign is and what it is trying to accomplish? - Eric Altieri, Columbus, OH

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Middle East
6:01 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality?

Bob Kunst (right) protests against a nuclear Iran in front of the White House on Monday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

In recent weeks and days, the divisions over how to deal with Iran and its nuclear program have sharpened. The only undisputed fact is that Iran is developing a nuclear energy program, but after that things get murky.

Israel and some European countries believe Iran is moving toward a nuclear weapons program, but U.S. intelligence agencies disagree. Israel argues that a nuclear-armed Iran poses an existential threat, and there's much speculation in the media about a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites.

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