How technology will help fight food fraud

How technology will help fight food fraud

Food fraud is everywhere. In the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal in Europe, and with cases reported around the world, including in Canada, awareness is high. Dalhousie University recently released a study on food fraud and the results were surprising: A whopping 63 per cent of Canadians are generally concerned about food fraud. Worse still, more than 40 per cent of Canadians feel they have been victims of food fraud already. These are alarming results that can’t be ignored. Food fraud can take many forms. It can include adulteration — substituting one ingredient with a much cheaper…

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New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

In the history of the United States, there has been an unshakable bond between the idea of hard work and prosperity, a relationship author James Truslow Adams eloquently described as “the American Dream,” a term he coined. The American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” Adams wrote in 1931. However, to many people, the rapid pace of technological change appears to be eroding that linkage. Working hard is…

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The Curse of the Halfway Technology

The Curse of the Halfway Technology

Twenty years ago last spring, on a long Amtrak ride from Boston, I taught myself HTML and wrote my own website. It wasn’t so hard, actually, for someone like me, whose first professional word processing program was WordPerfect, in which you highlighted words as bold, for example, by typing “<B>” before the word and “<B>” after the word. So yeah, I had a website that I had coded with bold and italics and even a photograph in it. The photo was centered; the margins were even. I was going to be a 21st-century success…

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Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

It is a known fact that drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets is unhealthy, but it may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet. “Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase…

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Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting some 235 million people around the world. According to a recent study, asthma increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery as the patients suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery cannot be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, says study. Asthma is a common disease caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs with symptoms of coughing and breathlessness. Using data from the Swedish birth, prescribed drug and…

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Are you postmenopausal? Just 30 min of exercise can greatly benefit you

Are you postmenopausal? Just 30 min of exercise can greatly benefit you

Women who are regularly active during menopause can significantly reduce their weight and BMI. However, it’s ideal to continue exercising even after menopause. Just 30 minutes of high intensity resistance and impact training – jumping jacks, push-ups and squats – twice a week may improve functional performance and bone density in postmenopausal women with low bone mass, reveals a recent study. Exercise is known to be beneficial to bone health but there is reluctance to use high intensity programs in older women with low bone mass because of the risk of fracture or other…

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Natural Healing: 7 Everyday Foods That Are Also Effective Antiseptics

Natural Healing: 7 Everyday Foods That Are Also Effective Antiseptics

Changing seasons may be a natural process, but it also results in various illnesses, as people suffer from common cold, flu, fever, skin infections and allergies. This is mostly because at this time our body’s immunity is weak as it tries to adapt itself to the changing climate. So to stay protected, a good habit would be to resort to natural ingredients that have long been touted as effective remedies for boosting immunity, fighting infections and being antiseptic in nature. Natural antiseptics can help by providing immediate aid against infections. The truth is that…

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Carbohydrates and Diet: How Much Do You Really Need in a Day?

Carbohydrates and Diet: How Much Do You Really Need in a Day?

It is mind-boggling to understand how our bodily processes are so intricately entwined and need careful planning of our daily diet to achieve a state of good health and wellness. In my opinion, most of the weight related issues are the outcome of a bad dietary pattern or a lifestyle that is too sluggish to be able to maintain a healthy body. You are what you eat, this has been repeated over and over again and that is exactly why we need to understand the role of various food groups in…

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Brain Activity and Good Diet May Prevent Insomnia-Related Depression

Brain Activity and Good Diet May Prevent Insomnia-Related Depression

While lack of sleep is a major risk factor for depression, not everyone who tosses and turns at night becomes depressed. According to a study, individuals whose brains are more attuned to rewards may be protected from the negative mental health effects of poor sleep. The findings revealed that students with poor quality sleep were less likely to have symptoms of depression if they also had higher activity in a reward-sensitive region of the brain. “This helps us begin to understand why some people are more likely to experience depression when they have problems…

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LPG costlier by Rs 1.50 a cylinder, Jet fuel price hiked by 6%

LPG costlier by Rs 1.50 a cylinder, Jet fuel price hiked by 6%

Jet fuel or ATF price was on Sunday hiked by a steep 6% on firming international rates, the third straight increase in rates since August. Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) will now cost Rs 53,045 per kilolitre (kl) in Delhi, Rs 3,025 per kl more than Rs 50,020 previously, according to a price hike notification by Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s biggest fuel retailer. This is the third consecutive monthly hike in ATF price, the last being by 4% (Rs 1,910 per kl) on September 1. Also, cooking gas (LPG) price…

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