March 19, 2010

Sushi Fish Safe - for Diners

1 Bluefin Tuna Ban Fails

A proposed ban of exports of the Atlantic bluefin tuna, prized for sushi, has failed, meaning the overfishing of the fish is free to continue. The proposal was before a United Nations panel and failed after nations like Japan and Canada, as well as many smaller nations, protested the ban. The United States, Norway and Kenya were the only nations involved in the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to support the ban. Stocks of bluefin have dropped about 75 percent and current efforts to rebuild the stocks have been ineffective. Those who supported the ban say that extreme measures are needed to keep the delicious fish from becoming extinct.

More at Grist Blog | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Fish, Tuna, Overfishing, Environment, Sushi

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Testosterone Rises

2 Men Take More Risks in Presence of Pretty Women

Ever notice that men have a tendency to throw caution to the wind in the presence of a pretty woman? It’s not your imagination. A study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, indicates that men’s testosterone levels rise significantly when they see an attractive woman, causing them to take more risks than they might ordinarily. To prove this theory, researchers had young adult males perform tricks on skateboards in the presence of either another male or an attractive female, after which the skateboarders’ testosterone levels were measured. As expected, not only did the skateboarders take more risks and perform more difficult tricks when before an attractive woman, their testosterone levels were much higher than when they performed in front of another male.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Testosterone, Attractive women, Skateboarding, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Pretty women, Risk-taking, Men take risks

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Kids At Risk

3 Extreme Obesity Becomes More Prevalent in Children

"People should just not eat anything that wasn’t a food 100 years ago"
- Philip123 in the comments

Childhood obesity has reached serious proportions in the US. Now, a new study focuses on extreme obesity in children ages 2 to 19. In the first study to examine extreme childhood obesity from a racially and ethnically diverse population, researchers tracked 710,949 children and teens and found that extreme obesity now affects more children at younger ages. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that 7.3 percent of boys and 5.5 percent of girls are extremely obese with Hispanics and blacks having the highest proportion of children in this category. These children are at risk for shorter life spans, joint problems, diabetes and heart and liver disease. The study focused strictly on health issues and didn’t address the social stigma often associated with childhood obesity.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Joint Pain, Childhood Obesity, Extreme Childhood Obesity, Obesity Dangers, Liver Disease, Hispanic Children, Black Children, Journal of Pediatrics

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