This study of 81469 adults links red meat with increased risk of

first_img The Impossible Burger gets a beefy upgrade at CES 2019 Scientists have a bone to pick with red meat. Alexander Spitari/Getty Images We’ve spent a lot of time here at CNET testing the faux meat patties from Impossible Burger and the new pea-rice-bean concoction of Beyond Burger. As it turns out, we might have been doing our bodies a favor. New research, published in the journal The BMJ on Wednesday, shows that increasing red meat consumption is associated with a higher risk of death.Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, and processed meats, like sausages and bacon, have been linked with a higher incidence of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. For instance, a recent report from the World Cancer Research Fund suggests that processed meats increase the risk of bowel cancer. The evidence is clearly mounting for lowering consumption of red meat, making it one part of a balanced diet. Share your voice Comments Tags 4:46 This crazy military meat could change how you eat (pictures)center_img Now playing: Watch this: 24 Photos The new study, conducted by researchers in the US and China, looked at changes in red meat intake of middle-aged adults. A previous study, by the same research group, showed red meats and processed meat may contribute to an early death — suggesting the risk could be raised by up to 13%. The researchers followed over 53,000 female nurses and almost 28,000 male health professionals for a period of eight years, and every four years, they would complete a questionnaire asking how often they ate each food of a standard portion size in the previous year. Over the course of the study, 14,019 people died of heart disease, cancer, lung disease or neurodegenerative conditions. Once the team adjusted for age, it saw that increasing red meat intake by three and a half servings a week over an eight-year period resulted in a 10% higher risk of death in the following eight years. The authors suggest that red meat might accelerate processes leading to heart disease, lung disease or dementia because they are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, salt and heme iron.Notably, switching out a serving of red meat each day for a serving of fish was linked with a 17% lower risk of death. “This new study adds important fuel to the fire on the danger of red meat consumption,” said Brian Morris, emeritus professor in the school of medical sciences at the University of Sydney. “But the good news is that if people switch to non-meat sources of protein they can substantially reduce their risk of common diseases of ageing and premature death.”An important factor in the study is that the researchers looked at the change in consumption over time, rather than actual intake of red meat. It also did not take into account the reasons for increasing or decreasing red meat consumption in the time period, which may itself affect lifestyle choices and lead to increasing mortality. The participants were white, middle-aged health professionals, making it hard to draw wider conclusions about the effect of changing intake in other populations. The authors also make it clear that, as in previous studies, it is only an observational study and can not establish cause. At the very least, the evidence is swinging in favor of replacing red meat with a different protein source.”We are not yet sure of the relative merits of reducing red and processed meat compared with increasing plant-based foods,” said nutritionist and University of New South Wales visiting fellow Rosemary Stanton. “However this study adds to the evidence that such changes in dietary patterns show benefits.” 5 Sci-Techlast_img read more

Oil prices fall on US crude stocks build fears over China demand

first_imgOil prices fell early on Wednesday as an unexpected build in U.S. crude stocks weighed on markets, along with concerns that Chinese crude demand could falter as Beijing clamps down on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $49.57 a barrel at 0054 GMT, down 39 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 46 cents, or 1 percent, at $47.64 a barrel.Robust Chinese crude demand growth has been driven by independent refiners, also know as teapots, who began to import crude last June after obtaining government crude import quotas and licences.But Beijing’s crackdown on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry, targeting the teapots, threatens to put a lid on Chinese demand.”The question now is whether the teapots will start cutting runs,” a Singapore-based trader said, adding that falling Chinese demand would be a double whammy for the oversupplied crude market.Reinforcing concerns about market oversupply, U.S. crude stocks surprisingly rose last week, even though gasoline inventories fell sharply and distillate stocks drew, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday.”We are seeing a little reaction on the API data which has posted higher inventories,” said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.Crude prices had risen on Tuesday after Reuters reported that Iran was sending positive signals that it could support joint action to prop up the oil market. But analysts and traders remain sceptical that producers will come to an agreement at a meeting in Algeria next month as various OPEC members continue to have individual agendas to push.Iraq’s prime minister said on Tuesday the country had not yet reached its full oil market share, suggesting his government would not restrain crude output as part of any possible OPEC agreement to lift prices.”I really can’t see the sense for Saudi, in particular, to actually have some meaningful constraint on production because there is quite a lot of capacity of U.S. shale to come on quite quickly,” Spooner said, adding that he could see prices drifting closer to $45 a barrel over the next few days.last_img read more

Praktan gets a world digital premiere on hoichoi

first_imgThe world’s largest digital Bengali entertainment content platform, hoichoi, announced the world digital premier of Praktan, the most successful Bengali film of 2016, which has started streaming globally on the platform from January 5. Praktan is also the sixth world digital premier on hoichoi in a span of only six weeks after acquiring digital rights of superhit films like Posto, Paanch Adhyay, Ek Nodir Golpo, Room No. 103 and Bye Bye Bangkok. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVishnu Mohta, Co-Founder, hoichoi said, “We are delighted with the response that Posto has received and continues to get on hoichoi. Praktan, another gem from Windows Productions strengthens our content offering for our discerning consumers worldwide and we look forward to more such partnerships going ahead.”After Posto and now Praktan, Bela Seshe would be the third film from Windows Productions going to be available soon on hoichoi.’Praktan’ which means ‘Former’ is about the failed marriage of Ujaan (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and Sudipa (Rituparna Sengupta). The film opens at Kurla railway station in Mumbai, where various characters are seen boarding a Kolkata bound train. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Along with Sudipa, the first class compartment also has a group of four musicians (played by – Anupam Roy, Anindya Chatterjee and Upal Sengupta of the popular band Chandrabindoo) and Surojit Chatterjee (of Bhoomi fame); a honeymooning couple; an elderly couple played by Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabitri Chatterjee, and a mother Molly (played by Aparajita Adhya) with her daughter Putul. Over the course of the 30 odd hours of the train journey, it takes us through how the various characters are dealing with ghosts of their past.last_img read more

As Heat Wave Intensifies How to Prepare for a Power Outage

first_imgJuly 16, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Scorching heat. Oppressive humidity. This is the forecast for most parts of the Northeast and Midwest U.S. this week. For the next few days, temperatures are expected to be in the 90s, and the heat index could reach 100 degrees or higher, according to the National Weather Service.In these sauna-like conditions, the power grid in these regions will likely be put to the test, as fans and air conditioners in homes and offices will undoubtedly be turned up full blast. If power sources fail, it could spell bad news for busy entrepreneurs. Nothing’s worse than being stranded in the dark with no electricity to keep your smartphones, tablets and other devices powered up and productive.Related: Beyond Smartphones: Mobile Innovation That Could Change the Way You Do BusinessWhile far from an exhaustive list of options, here are a few tools that can help keep your devices going and keep you productive for a few extra hours during any type of power-zapping situation:1. A back-up power source: When the lights go out, rely on a back-up power source to keep your devices on. One way to go is to carry (and keep charged) a portable battery, such as a myCharge universal power pack from RFA Brands. Starting at about $50, these extended batteries can recharge Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.If you’re looking to charge multiple devices, one option is the Powerbag, a backpack that includes a built-in battery that can charge up to four mobile gadgets and laptops. Backpack designs start at $140. Briefcases start at $150. Battery size and charge capability vary.2. A mobile hotspot: If your power goes out and your internet connectivity goes along with it, try using a mobile hotspot to get your devices back online. Turn it on and connect to it like any other Wi-Fi network.While many smartphones have hotspot capabilities built in, you can purchase a hotspot device from cellular carriers such as Verizon and AT&T. For instance, Verizon’s “Jetpack” line of hotspots can allow you to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices on its 4G LTE network. The 890L model starts at $19.99 with a two-year service contract.3. Self-generated power: There’s not much you can do when you’ve been without power so long that all your back-up battery power is gone. When that happens, consider using gadgets that run on energy you can generate yourself.One example is a hand-crank powered flashlight with radio and USB charging port from ER Emergency Ready. For about $35, this handy tool comes with a LED bulb for emergency light, a radio that picks up AM, FM and all 7 NOAA Weather Band Radio Alertchannels, and a universal USB for charging a mobile phone so you can make short calls or send text messages. You turn the crank and it generates energy for an internal battery.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessThis is an update of a piece that ran previously.last_img read more

Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi delaying flights

first_img DUBAI — A heavy seasonal fog engulfed the skyscraper-lined skyline of Dubai for several hours, causing some flights to be delayed at the world’s busiest international airport.At sunrise Wednesday, downtown Dubai was so foggy that even the outline of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could not be seen by passers-by. Fog also engulfed Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.At Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, flights were delayed by up to an hour. Delays also hit Abu Dhabi’s international airport.The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology & Seismology earlier had warned that visibility Wednesday morning would be less than 50 metres (55 yards).High humidity and falling temperatures cause the fog to roll in seasonally along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Canadian Press Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Posted by Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, delaying flightscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Dubailast_img read more