March 18, 2011

Dems See Black

1 House Republicans End "Green” Utensils Program

As Speaker of the House, one of the programs begun by Nancy Pelosi was the greening of Capitol cafeterias with compostable cups and utensils. But the new Republican regime, under John Boehner, voted to end the program saying it’s costly and ineffective. The move enrages Democrats who argue that plastic is bad for the environment. Several have written letters citing health concerns about plastic foam but Republicans hold strong saying that not only did the utensils fail “to produce significant savings in carbon emissions,” the spoons dissolved in hot liquids and the forks “could not penetrate lettuce.” The ongoing argument leads some to question if it’s about implements or ideology. Republicans say they’ll come up with their own programs to keep the cafeterias green.

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

Tags: Environment, Political Ideology, Composting, Recycling, Government Programs, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Democrats, Republicans, Environmental Policy, Greening of Government Cafeterias

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New Labeling May Change That

2 Are You Drinking Too Many Calories?

Americans consume a large percentage of their daily calories from sweetened beverages - but a new labeling initiative may discourage that. As of February, packaged beverages of 20 ounces or less per container include the bottle’s total number of calories, as opposed to indicating the calories per serving in small print on the back. "Liquid caloric consumption can be quite a significant contribution to weight gain so this is a tremendous effort to educate the public," says weight loss specialist Dr. Jessica Bartfield, who adds, "10 percent of overweight adults consume 450 calories of sugar sweetened beverages per day, which is three times that of an average American. Cutting 450 calories per day would lead to about a 1 pound per week weight loss, close to 50 pounds in one year."

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

Tags: Beverages, Diet Drinks, Food Labels, Diet Soda, Calories in Diet Drinks, How Many Calories in Diet Soda, Dr. Jessica Bartfield

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Too Small to Be Harmful

3 Tiny Amount of Radiation Detected in California

A "minuscule" amount of radiation has been detected by monitoring stations in Sacramento, Calif. The amount of radiation detected is too small to have a harmful effect on human health, but it's believed to have come from the nuclear crisis in Japan, reports CNN-IBN. In a joint statement, the EPA and Department of Energy said that the tiny amount of radiation detected in California was of similar level as a noble gas produced during nuclear fission (radioactive isotope Xenon-133), but poses no concern at the current level. The statement noted that the detected radiation was "consistent with a release from the Fukushima reactors in Northern Japan."

More at CNN-IBN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Radiation Dangers of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Tags: Radioactive Isotope Xenon-133, Radiation Monitoring Stations, Radiation Detected Sacramento, Fukushima Reactors

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Very Diluted and Unharmful

4 Very Small Radiation Plume Crossing U.S.

A small radiation plume from Japan has reached California and may arrive in New York by early next week, reports New York Times. Health experts say that the radiation has been very diluted from its travels across the Pacific and poses no health hazards. The radiation detection in Sacramento, Calif. was first reported by European officials, raising questions of why the Obama administration didn't disclose the readings sooner. New York Times says, that the U.S. government's "initial reluctance to release its own radiation information and the haphazard way that the readings came dribbling out of Europe first" brings questions regarding whether officials in the U.S. are being "as forthcoming as they had pressed the Japanese to be."

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tiny Amount of Radiation Detected in California

Tags: Radiation Concerns, Radiation Detected Sacramento, Radiation Exposure, Small Radiation Plume

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Wind Gets a Plus

5 Japan's Wind Turbines Unharmed, Healthy

With the nuclear crisis in Japan, one has to wonder whether alternatives like wind energy are more healthy for humans. Certainly, the wind turbines in Japan are in much healthier shape than some of the failing nuclear power plants. Huffington Post reports that there's been no reported wind facility damage in Japan from the earthquake or tsunami. Even the semi-offshore wind farm in Kamisu survived despite being located close to the epicenter of the massive earthquake. Wind officials report that most of the Japanese wind turbines are fully operational, and electric companies have asked them to step up operations.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Women Shouldn't Fear Mammogram Radiation

Tags: International Committee Japan Wind Power Association, Japan Wind Energy, Wind Turbines Japan Survive Earthquake, Is Wind Energy Healthier

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Checking Fish Closely

6 FDA Stepping Up Food Inspections from Japan

The FDA has announced that they're working on new steps to make sure that Japanese food imports are safe, reports MSNBC. They plan on developing a monitoring strategy that may include more targeted product sampling at the border. About 60 percent of goods from Japan are food products, such as seafood, snacks and processed vegetables and fruits. The FDA also said that while there's currently no "public health event" in the U.S. requiring potassium iodide, they're working to increase production of the pills quickly to meet demand. Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland from radiation.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Home Kitchens Would Fail Inspections

Tags: Japan Imports, FDA Inspections Japanese Food, Dairy Products from Japan, Radiation Risk in Food Supply, Product Sampling at the Border, Potassium iodide

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Mortality Rate Increased

7 Drug for Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Heart Problems

Data from 16 previous studies suggests the Avandia increases the risk of heart attack and congestive heart failure by 16 and 23 percent, respectively, compared to another drug. The mortality rate was increased by 14 percent. The drug controls blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics and previous studies linking it to cardiovascular problems did not yield consistent results but in September health officials were worried enough that they decided people who could control their blood sugar only with Avandia could use it. The other drug, Actos, was shown to double the risk of fractures in women and slightly increase the risk of bladder cancer. A similar study by an insurance company conducted last year of their younger and healthier group found no difference in heart health risks.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Avandia Restricted in a Worldwide Effort

Tags: Avandia, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Type 2 Diabetes, Actos

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