Raw Fruit and Veggies Key to Mental Health

Raw fruit and vegetables are better for mental health than canned, cooked or otherwise processed produce, report researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. Their survey of more than 400 young adults from their country and the U.S., published in …

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Nurturing Creative Kid

Hobbies Engage and Grow Healthy Kids Unplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual …

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Hostile Teachers Hamper Learning

Teachers that antagonize their students by belittling them, showing favoritism or criticizing their contributions can damage their learning potential, a new West Virginia University study of 472 undergraduates warns. Split into two groups, the students watched either a class taught …

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Safe Drinking Water

Home Systems to Purify H2O Americans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 …

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Thanksgiving Desserts

Plant-Based Pies for Every Palate Gratitude for the bounty in our lives has been a constant in every American Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims’ first celebration at Plymouth Plantation. What has changed is the menu. Many holiday hosts today wish to …

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Plastic Pushback

Countries Ban Single-Use Plastics Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in The Bahamas by 2020, including plastic bags collected at the point of sale, straws, Styrofoam food …

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Air Pollution Harms Developing Brains

Fetal exposure to air pollution, even at levels considered safe by current standards, has been linked by Dutch researchers to thinning of the outer layer of a child’s brain and later cognitive difficulties. Following 783 children up to ages 6 …

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Dumping Disincentive

Citicorp Acts to Protect Oceans from Mine Waste Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions …

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