March 15, 2011

4th Largest in World Since 1900

1 Magnitude of Japan Earthquake Updated to 9.0

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Japanese seismologists have independently updated the magnitude of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake in northern Honshu, Japan to 9.0 from 8.9, making it the fourth largest in the world since 1900 and the largest in Japan since modern recordings began over a century ago. It’s not unusual for the US Geological Survey to update an earthquake’s magnitude after the event as more analysis is performed and more data become available. Because of the varying methods of calculating energy release and magnitude of an earthquake, it’s also not unusual for different agencies to have slightly different grades for the same seismic event. Some methods indicate values within minutes after the earthquake while others require more extensive data.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Earthquakes and Tsunami Cause Destruction in Japan

Tags: Japan, Earthquake, Japan Earthquake, Earthquake Magnitude Updated, Tsunami, Us Geological Survey, Honshu

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No Job Better Than Bad Job

2 Bad Jobs Hurt Mental Health More Than Unemployment

The economy stinks and sometimes it seems like landing a job is like winning the lottery. Still, you need to think twice before taking a job you don’t really want because a new study indicates that not working can be better for mental health than working a demoralizing job. The study followed more than 7,000 Australians over a 7-year period that were given an annual survey with questions like “My job is complex and difficult” and “I worry about the future of my job.” Findings revealed that a poor-quality job actually made mental health worse than not having a job. The two biggest factors were environment and management, according to Peter Butterworth, Ph.D., who believes policy-makers should address the impact that work environment has on mental, as well as physical, health.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Long Term Relationships Good for Mental Health

Tags: Mental Health, Unemployment, Job, Bad Job, Bad Management

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$1 Banana

3 Del Monte Adds Packaging to Single Bananas

Del Monte Fresh Produce is trying to improve upon nature's own skin by giving bananas yet another layer of protection: plastic. The Controlled Ripening Technology (CRT) of Del Monte single finger wrapped bananas is supposed to extend the fruit's shelf life by up to six days, reports Daily Mail. The bananas will be available in some convenience stores and vending machines for about $1 each, a greatly increased price from your typical plastic-free banana. According to Del Monte Fresh Produce, the banana is placed in its special wrapper while still green, making it ripen more slowly than if exposed to air. Some argue that the plastic wrap is wasteful, but Del Monte claims that the wrapper represents carbon footprint savings as it reduces frequency of deliveries.

More at Daily Mail | Hat tip to Earth Justice | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Del Monte Bananas Packaged, Single Bananas Plastic, Controlled Ripening Technology, Packaging Waste, Bananas in Gas Stations, Del Monte Fresh Produce

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Making Fun of Wrapped Singles

4 Del Monte Responds to Jon Stewart's Mocking

Del Monte Fresh Produce is defending their individually wrapped bananas after comedian Jon Stewart mocked them on his television show, reports The CSR Blog by Forbes. On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, host Jon Stewart said, "What problem… what function does the bag serve that the peel does not currently serve? A product for people who love bananas but hate their biodegradability?” Del Monte says that Stewart forgot something important: Their single wrapped Controlled Ripening Technology (CRT) bananas serve as healthy alternative snacks in locations where they were previously unavailable due to "the highly perishable nature of bananas." The single wrapped bananas, which have a shelf life of up to six days, are sold in vending machines and convenience stores.

More at Forbes the CSR Blog | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Del Monte Adds Packaging to Single Bananas

Tags: Del Monte Fresh Produce, Healthy Snacks, Single Bananas Plastic, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CSR Blog Forbes

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Ask If It's Too Good to Be True

5 FDA Warns Against Fraudulent Products

The FDA wants consumers to be more aware of fraudulent and potentially dangerous products marketed as dietary supplements. The agency uncovered almost 300 fraudulent products for weight loss, bodybuilding and sexual enhancement. The products contain hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients, including novel synthetic steroids and active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs. “Some of these products contain hidden prescription ingredients at levels much higher than those found in an approved drug product and are dangerous,” warns Michael Levy of the FDA. The FDA has received numerous reports of serious injuries and even death resulting from fraudulent supplements. Before trying a dietary supplement, check with your health care professional and ask if the product sounds too good to be true.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Weight Loss Supplements, Sexual Enhancement Pills, Bodybuilding Supplement, Fraudulent Products, Michael Levy, novel synthetic steroids

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Provide Billions of Unpaid Hours

6 Number of Alzheimer’s Caregivers Increase

According to a report released this week, nearly 15 million Americans are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The report, published in the March issue of the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia notes that caregivers provide a total of 17 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at more than $200 billion. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with about 5.4 million people currently diagnosed. By the year 2050, the annual total number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is expected to double, and the number of caregivers will increase substantially as well. A valuable resource for caregivers is the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: New Treatment for Alzheimer's Patients, Cognitive Exercises Do Not Prevent Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Senior Health, Caregivers, Caregiving, Alzheimer's Association

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Food May Contain Plastic Pieces

7 Lean Cuisine Frozen Dinners Recalled

Lean Cuisine frozen spaghetti dinner with meatballs has been recalled by Nestle Prepared Foods Company because of complaints that some of the packages contain pieces of hard plastic. The product was packaged on October 25, 2010 and was shipped to distributors and retail stores east of the Rocky Mountains. According to the FSIS, the product recall involves the 9.5-ounce package of “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs.” The packages bear the establishment number P-7991 and the case code "0298595519P”. The “Best Before Date” is November 2011 and is printed on the side of the package, underneath the ingredient listing. Customers can contact Nestle at 866-606-8264 to receive a coupon for a replacement entrée.

More at Food Safety News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Grocery Store Sued for Not Alerting Customers of Food Recalls

Tags: Food Recall, Food Recalls, Food Safety, Nestle, Lean Cuisine

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Mostly Fresh Foods, Dairy

8 Asia Will Test Japanese Food Imports for Radiation

South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test food imported from Japan for radiation, said officials this week. Hong Kong’s Food and Health Secretary York Chow said that fresh products including dairy, fruits and vegetables are likely at greatest risk. Singapore is particularly concerned with fresh produce. Food exports are a small part of its overall trade, and most go to Asian nations. Farm output accounted for about 1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, according to data cited for 2009. Officials said that testing of seafood was also being considered. South Korea, for example, imported about 84,000 metric tons of fish from Japan last year. Other countries are monitoring the situation, including Thailand and Malaysia.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Radioactivity Could Enter Japan's Food Supply

Tags: Food Contamination, Japan Earthquake, Japanese Agriculture, Radiation, Radiation Concerns, Tsunami

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A Factor of Life and Death

9 Same Factor Regulates Embryogenesis and Metastasis

Researchers in California discovered that a transcription factor expressed early on in embryogenesis is turned back on in cancer cells. The transcription factor, Twist1, is critical to regulating embryo formation and function early on but is turned off afterwards. Somehow cancer cells reactivate it so it can promote metastasis throughout the body, the most common cause of mortality in cancer patients. Twist1 helps cancer cells form “invadopodia” that stick out and release a high concentration of enzymes that destroy the connective tissue that supports organs so they can spread. It is expressed in aggressive cancers such as breast, prostate and melanoma. Researchers have tried unsuccessfully to inhibit Twist1 but think they could develop drugs that inhibit proteins activated by it.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Pomegranate Juice May Inhibit Prostate Cancer

Tags: Cancer Cells, Metastasis, Twist1, Embryogenesis, Transcription Factors, Invadopodia

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CHILDREN ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE

10 Radioactivity Could Enter Japan's Food Supply

"All we're getting is that there's "no danger" to the west coast of the U.S. when it's obvious that threat will be arriving in the next shipment of tuna."
- Gunter Chang in the comments

Scientists are warning that the radioactive steam being released from the disabled Japanese nuclear power plants could possibly contaminate food and water resources. Scientists are saying that the radioactive steam being released could eventually return to the Earth in the form of radioactive rain where it could then contaminate everything from drinking water to livestock. Cows are at risk of contaminating their milk with radioactive elements, with one expert who preferred to remain anonymous saying, "Cows are like vacuum cleaners, picking up radioactive iodine that lands over a wide area of pasture, and then those particles very easily are concentrated and pass into the milk." Children are considered especially vulnerable as they consume more cow's milk than adults.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Meltdown Possible at Nuclear Plants in Japan

Tags: Nuclear Power Plant Japan, Radioactive, Contaminated Food, Contaminated Water

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YOUNGER CHILDREN AT MOST RISK

11 One-Third of Children Sleep Through Smoke Alarms

One-third of children aged 5 to 15 will sleep through a smoke alarm, according to a new Australian study. The findings, published in the journal Fire and Materials and led by researchers at Victoria University in Melbourne, followed 123 children from 79 different families. The children were split into two groups: aged 5 to 10 and 11 to 15. 78 percent of children slept through the alarm, with 87 percent of children aged 5 to 10 sleeping through the alarm. The older children performed better, although less than half of them (56 percent) actually woke up. Lead author of the study, Dr. Dorothy Bruck said, "Parents should not rely on their children waking to the smoke alarm in the event of a fire and should not assume that they will immediately evacuate if they do wake up to a fire."

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Dead Plants Can Be Fire Hazard

Tags: Children, Smoke Alarm, Victoria University

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