Chile declare a war against obesity

Obesity rates in Chile have been growing for the last years. A war against unhealthy food has been declared in the country. Marketing restrictions, packaging redesigns, labeling rules, everything is made aiming to change the habits of 18 million people. Nutrition experts say it’s a substantial change in the world, and it is an ambitious attempt to… Lire la suite Chile declare a war against obesity

Regaining independence through a brain implant

Scientists have been developing for the last few years a brain implant that would boost memory, called in their jargon an implantable “cognitive prosthetic”. This new development could be useful for many people even to the cynical. The implant works like a pacemaker, it constitutes an array of electrodes embedded deep in the brain and… Lire la suite Regaining independence through a brain implant

Research identifies 9 keys to live longer

People who live healthier than others are known as people who live in “Blue Zones”. Dan Buettner, the author of Blue Zones, Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, studied and then expanded on the demographic work of Gianni Pes and Michael Poulain, identifying five geographic areas where people live, statistically, the… Lire la suite Research identifies 9 keys to live longer

Indian doctor operates for free children with cleft

To inspect, diagnose and treat patients is the daily duty of doctors. For Doctor Pushkar Waknis, this duty goes beyond maintaining the health of his patients. Indeed, he ensures that the children who come to him are operated upon free of charge, for the simple reason that a surgery at a young age will ensure… Lire la suite Indian doctor operates for free children with cleft

Bhopal Junction, 1st India’s railway station to install a sanitary napkin vending machine.

While it is common to see most railway stations equipped with ticket counters, passenger helpdesks, toilets, refreshment stalls and waiting rooms, Bhopal has made yet another necessity available for its women commuters by making low-cost sanitary napkins available at the railway station. At a meagre price of Rs 5, any railway passenger can procure two… Lire la suite Bhopal Junction, 1st India’s railway station to install a sanitary napkin vending machine.

Bike-sharing systems: Philadelphia integrate equity strategies

Bike-sharing systems have been growing in popularity across the U.S. in the past decade. Since the launch of Smartbike DC (now called Capital Bike Share) in Washington D.C. in August of 2008, residents in many major American cities now have access to a bike-share system. That’s the good news. But the problem is that this growth has been… Lire la suite Bike-sharing systems: Philadelphia integrate equity strategies

3D printer technology project makes prosthetic limbs for amputees in Haiti

The majority, about 80 percent, of the world’s estimated 33 million people with limb loss live in poor countries and are often without access to prosthetics care. Amputees are victims of war, violent conflict, natural disasters, unsafe working conditions, and lack of healthcare. Haiti has a particularly large number of amputees as a result of the 2010 earthquake, which killed… Lire la suite 3D printer technology project makes prosthetic limbs for amputees in Haiti

Researchers claim they’ve found a way to reverse type 2 diabetes

Researchers from Newcastle and Glasgow Universities believe they have found a way to effectively reverse type 2 diabetes, without requiring a new kind of drug or invasive surgery. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how a person’s body metabolizes sugar, either because they’ve developed resistance to the hormone insulin, or their pancreas fails… Lire la suite Researchers claim they’ve found a way to reverse type 2 diabetes

New cancer studies aim to treat those chemotherapy has failed

One of the first line treatments for cancer is chemotherapy, which can be a long, stressful process. While some patients certainly benefit from the treatment and see their cancer go into remission, others may not see the same effect. For those chemotherapy has failed, as well as others for whom other treatments were unsuccessful, the… Lire la suite New cancer studies aim to treat those chemotherapy has failed

Food transformed: from garbage to gourmet

Think of projects that are putting waste food to good use and likely to spring to mind are all-purpose, easily adaptable dishes like veg soups and simple curries. But it’s not just wonky veg that gets wasted. Although the vast majority of the UK’s 200,000 tonnes of retail sector food waste comes from supermarkets, it’s… Lire la suite Food transformed: from garbage to gourmet