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Friday, 23 January 2015 17:51
Las Vegas, Nevada, January 2015—Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution, revealed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show the new face of activity tracking. The company announced Activité Pop, an analog watch with a sophisticated activity and sleep tracker inside. Following on the heels of the Withings Activité watch, Activité Pop is making waves in the space of wearable health trackers. It’s making the convergence of fashion and mobile technology accessible to everyone.

The company has paired Activité’s elegant Parisian design with fun-to-wear materials and pop colors in order to create a very personal device that people will hopefully want to wear and never take off.

Activité Pop adds to a new category of motion trackers where sophisticated sensors and connectivity technology are seamlessly integrated into a timeless fashion accessory. It features a lightweight and fun-to-wear design that extends across the watchcase and smooth silicone strap. In order to match and express personal style, the watch comes in 3 distinctive “pop chic” colors and a set of soon-to-come playful wristbands.
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The Skinny on Fat
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 17:43
Everywhere, U.S.A., January 2015—there’s been a lot of press lately suggesting that fat wasn't so bad for us after all? Here’s an update of the skinny on fat.

Going “fat-free” might seem like a good way to lose weight, considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to four per gram in carbohydrates and proteins. But if you consider that approximately 60 percent of human brain matter consists of fats, eating reduced fat or fat-free foods no longer seems as appealing for our health. This is especially true since these foods also tend to be high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
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Putting Soy Back in the Spotlight
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 16:48
Back when those running the show realized that obesity in general and childhood obesity in particular had reached epidemic proportions, the advent of soy foods and soy-enhanced foods became all the rage—as they should have.

Then things cooled off a little. First, soy manufactured for human consumption consumes a tiny sliver of the soy production pie in this country. And farmer/growers shifted their focus to biodiesel, which has still to make a significant mark.

Then inaccurate and negative publicity hit the streets regarding soy, and except for the diehards and staples like tofu, the romance with soyfoods faded. The obesity epidemic, however, remains with us and is worse than ever. 
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15 Months Later …
Health
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:23
Everywhere, USA, December 2014—Back in September 2013, your editors took a step to further maximize our health as we age. A client introduced us to a new product, but it was because of research we had done about three years previous that convinced us to give it a try.

At the center of this story is a stunted little plant/tree called the Moringa. It grows primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been around since Biblical times. We had written an article about it in 2008, and found while doing our research, that this plant had been dubbed as “the single most nutritious botanical in the known world” by one of the honchos at the National Institutes of Health (NIH.)

But there was a problem with getting people in the more developed parts of the world interested. No one had figured up to that time of how to take the powder-like substance that comes from grinding up the leaves and bark of this tree and making palatable, through formulation, for western tastes. A few years back, they managed to do it. 
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Let the Sun Shine In
Bio-Based
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:05
Everywhere (Literally) December 2014—Rooftop solar panels have always been the province of the well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green.

But that is all starting to change.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the cost of putting solar panels on a typical American house has fallen by some 70 percent over the 15 years. And a recent report from Deutsche Bank shows that solar has already achieved so-called “price parity” with fossil fuel-based grid power in 10 U.S. states. Deutsche Bank goes on to say that solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming, that is, that the federal government maintains the 30 percent solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.
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Blueberries for Breakfast (And Lunch? And Dinner?)
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 16:57
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2015—With hypertension affecting nearly 80 million people in the United States and cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death, any intervention that can lower blood pressure has the potential to save lives. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida State University researchers found that daily consumption of blueberries for eight weeks resulted in significant reductions of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Although the prevalence of hypertension is associated with aging in both sexes, the increased incidence of high blood pressure, particularly systolic blood pressure, in women after menopause exceeds that of men.
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‘Shrooms Anyone?
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 16:40
San Diego, California, January 2015—Have you ever stopped to compare mushrooms to kale, quinoa, or berries? Mushrooms have remained “under the radar” in the Western world, while Asian cultures have for years revered their many health benefits. San Diego-based Mushroom Matrix has launched a pioneering line of medicinal mushroom powders designed to promote health, wellness, and longevity.

For thousands of years in Eastern cultures, mushrooms have been recognized for their ability to optimize immune health. They can play an important role in a vast array of health conditions. Mushroom Matrix founder and CEO Sandra Carter, M.A., MPH, Ph.D., was introduced to mycologist (person who studies fungi) Steve Farrar when she began to research mushroom activity and wanted to increase awareness in Western cultures.
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Sweet ‘n Salty
Business
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:14
Chicago, Illinois, December 2014 – G.H. Cretors—best known for their Chicago Mix, the diabolically addicting combination of caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag—has introduced a new certified organic line of popcorn, which includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Simply Salted varieties.

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavor is the first ever popcorn to be wet-popped in EVOO, and the Simply Salted is seasoned with sea salt for a clean, classic treat.

Every ingredient in each G.H. Cretors bag is engineered for obsessive devotion by using simple, high-quality ingredients, completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. The new organic line uses only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt, which means each kernel (or handful) you put in your mouth will be a nice experience.
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The Wright Stuff
Bio-Based
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 20:51
Newport, Oregon, December 2014—This beautiful small city on the Pacific Coast of Oregon is the home of Rogue Ales—a growing brewery that sells its product in every state in the Union and dozens of foreign countries. They not only grow a lot of their own ingredients, they’re helping keep alive the history of this “last frontier” state, by paying respect to its growing techniques and practices—some of which have now been replaced by machines.

Earlier this fall, they had a special VIP visitor stop by at Rogue Farms, their central growing area, during the hop harvest. Her name is Shirley Wright. She’s 89 years old and sharp as a tack.

Shirley and her family were among the tens of thousands of Oregonians who came to the area around Independence, Oregon during the 1930’s for the annual hop harvest.
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