Growth, size of babies worldwide remarkably similar

first_imgAna Langer, director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard School of Public Health, says that new findings from an international study on fetal growth and birth length debunk longstanding beliefs that variations among fetal and infant sizes have something to do with genetics, race, or ethnicity.The consortium that produced this study — the International Fetal and Newborn Growth Consortium for the 21st Century (INTERGROWTH-21st) — calls the new findings “landmark” on its website. Why is it so important to show that babies everywhere are born at roughly the same size?Until now there has been no body of evidence that provided an answer to the question of whether fetal and infant growth was determined by maternal health and nutrition, genetics, race, or ethnicity. With this new study, the idea that some ethnicities and races may be genetically pre-determined to be smaller than others — which may have originated from current disparities in growth and size between and within countries — has been shown to be unfounded and untrue. Instead, the study found that fetal growth and birth length are incredibly similar around the world when babies are born to well-nourished, well-educated mothers. The new findings have, in short, provided us with a globally relevant understanding of what “normal” fetal and newborn growth is. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Weight-loss drink

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re on a low-carb diet, milk isn’t the choice for you. Butyou may want to rethink your choices. New research shows thatdiets high in dairy products can lead to weight loss and a leanerbody mass.In a study published in “Lipids” in 2003, Michael Zemel, directorof the University of Tennessee Nutrition Institute, found that”low-calcium diets impede body fat loss, whereas high-calciumdiets markedly accelerate fat loss.”Zemel, author of a new diet book, “The Calcium Factor,” said thecalcium effect in slowing weight and fat gain and speeding fatloss is greater when the source is milk and other dairy products.Another study by Zemel and others, to be published in the April”Obesity Research,” had similar findings.Good for youMilk has about 12 grams of carbs per cup and 8 grams of protein,said Connie Crawley, a nutrition and health specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Adults and children both should drink or eat at least threeservings of fat-free or reduced-fat dairy products a day, shesaid.”The longer a person goes without healthy carbs such as milk,fruits, vegetables and whole grains,” she said, “the more damageit could cause the body.”Reduces disease riskCrawley said research has consistently shown that “people who eatsignificant amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairyproducts on a regular basis have a lower risk for developingchronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressureand some cancers.”Milk is a key source of Vitamin D, which helps grow strong bones.It has a lot of Vitamin A and riboflavin, too.”If you cut out milk from your diet, not many other food sourcescontain a considerable amount of fortified Vitamin D,” Crawleysaid. “Neither cheese nor yogurt contains a lot of Vitamin D.”High in proteinMany Atkins dieters avoid drinking milk because it’s high incarbs. The diet calls for high-protein foods with few carbs.While milk does contain carbohydrates, the protein in one cup ofskim milk is also equal to that in 1 ounce of meat.If you want to lose weight and keep it off, “dietary calciumintake can help promote this loss,” said Cheryl Hayn, nutritionalprogram manager for the Southeast United Dairy IndustryAssociation.When a person loses weight, Hayn said, muscle is usually burnedfirst, then fat. Studies have shown, however, that calcium mayalso help preserve muscle mass during weight loss.(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAESnews editor Dan Rahn also contributed to this article.)last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig Bring Single-Cup Brewing to Grocery Stores Nationwide

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee and Keurig Bring Single-Cup Brewing to Grocery Stores Nationwide New Brewer and 12-Count Package Debut in Grocery ChannelWATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Keurig has ignited a revolution in coffee making as the market leader in single-cup brewing. Now, in response to feedback from its customers and consumers, Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig, divisions of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), are providing their winning combination of single-cup brewers and patented K-Cup(r) portion packs to grocery stores across the country, just in time for the holidays.Consumers now have a unique offering from Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee in grocery stores. A new single-cup brewer from Keurig, the Classic, is available exclusively at grocery locations. In addition, Green Mountain Coffee has debuted a new and compact 12-count box of K-Cups(r), available in ten different varieties of coffee, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) and organic offerings. The 12-count packaging is specifically designed to fit on supermarket shelves.With the Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewing System, consumers can choose their favorite variety of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in K-Cup portion packs, brew a single cup at the touch of a button, and enjoy a gourmet cup with no mess or clean-up.”Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee’s entry into the grocery channel is a win-win for both consumers and grocers,” says Larry Blanford, President and CEO of GMCR. “We’ve heard compelling feedback from consumers that they want the option to buy their K-Cups in grocery stores and purchase K-Cups in smaller packages, allowing them to try more varieties. The combination of Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups(r) gives consumers an economical way to bring the coffee house experience right into their homes. For grocers, tapping into this hot trend in specialty coffee invigorates their coffee aisle and gives their shoppers a wide variety of fresh, gourmet coffee selections to choose from. With this single-cup offering, our 10- and 12-ounce coffee packages, and our in-store brewing solutions, we have a complete brand proposition for our supermarket customers.”Keurig Single-Cup Brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups are helping to drive the growth of the specialty coffee category in grocery. According to IRI data (InfoScan, Total U.S. Food) for the latest 52 weeks ending October 5, 2008, initial supermarket accounts that carried Green Mountain K-Cups as part of their specialty coffee selection experienced more than twice the growth in dollar sales of the national average for the specialty coffee category. The single-cup category allows grocers to supplement their packaged coffee offerings and participate in “by-the-cup” business traditionally reserved for coffee shops.Keurig brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups are now available at over 17,000 locations, including retailers, department stores, supermarket chains and independent grocers across the country. Green Mountain Coffee’s website features a list of locations at is external) where consumers can find Keurig brewers and Green Mountain K-Cups.To support accelerated growth and enhance brand awareness, Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee are investing in a $15+ million marketing effort this holiday season, including Keurig’s first national TV advertising campaign. Other marketing initiatives include co-op advertising, promotion and merchandising support, in-store demos and direct mail programs.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations ( is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels ( is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.last_img read more

Credit Card debt up, Vermont second lowest delinquency rate

first_imgCHICAGO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ — released today the results of its analysis of trends in the credit card lending industry for the third quarter of 2008. The report is part of an ongoing series of quarterly consumer lending sector analyses focusing on credit card, auto loan and mortgage data that may be found on TransUnion’s Web site.StatisticsAverage bankcard borrower debt (defined as the total bankcard debt per bankcard borrower) increased nationally 1.57 percent to $5,710 from the previous quarter’s $5,621, and 6.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2007 ($5,387). The highest state average bankcard debt was in Alaska at $7,827, followed by Nevada at $6,636 and Tennessee at $6,568. The lowest average bankcard debt was found in Iowa ($4,277), followed by North Dakota ($4,403) and West Virginia ($4,517). Bankcard debt is the total balance of bank issued credit cards for an individual consumer.The steepest increases in average bankcard debt over the previous quarter occurred in Wyoming (4.96 percent), Delaware (4.12 percent) and Arizona (3.12 percent). Maine experienced the largest drop in its average credit card debt (-1.4 percent), followed by North Dakota (-1.12 percent) and Alaska (-0.57 percent).Nationally, the ratio of bankcard borrowers delinquent on one or more of their bankcards increased to 1.09 percent in the third quarter of 2008, up 4.8 percent over the previous quarter. However, on a year-over-year basis the national delinquency incidence rate has risen 5.8 percent from 1.03 percent in the third quarter of 2007. Incidence of delinquency was highest in Nevada (1.79 percent), followed closely by Florida (1.45 percent) and Mississippi (1.45 percent). The lowest bank card delinquency incidence rates were found in North Dakota (0.70 percent), Vermont (0.70 percent) and Utah (0.76 percent). On a positive note, four states showed a decline in their quarter-over-quarter delinquency incidence rates. Wyoming’s delinquency rate dropped the most (-9.1 percent), followed by Alaska (-6.7 percent), Nebraska (-4.5 percent), and Maine (-1.1 percent).Analysis”As expected, bankcard delinquency is again on the rise after experiencing two consecutive quarters of decline,” said Ezra Becker, principal consultant in TransUnion’s financial services group. “Although financial institutions have been undertaking proactive measures to mitigate risk in their portfolios, the continued deterioration in the financial and labor markets is having a negative impact on the ability of consumers to repay their debt obligations. Those consumers with high mortgage debt (expensive first- and second mortgages with adjustable rates and /or home equity lines of credit) may opt to utilize whatever cash reserves are available to keep their houses rather than pay off any debt on the credit card obligations.”In addition, the third quarter of 2008 saw a drop in the nation’s disposable income per capita and an increase in unemployment, putting additional burden on the consumer’s ability to repay credit card debt. However, the significant drop in energy prices that accelerated in September may have mitigated the increase in delinquency, as the diminishing demand for crude oil started to show at the local gas pump,” added Becker.ForecastTransUnion’s forecasting models for the national 90-day delinquency rate suggest a possible flattening or minimal increase in the fourth quarter of this year as consumers take stock of the recent bad economic news and curtail their expenditures for the holiday season – at least relative to prior years. However, as economic conditions worsen and consumer confidence continues to deteriorate due to the ongoing economic crises, we see an upward trajectory in the national credit card delinquency rate for 2009 – reaching as high as 1.3 percent or 1.4 percent by year end.As for state projections, Nevada (1.78 percent) is still anticipated to experience the highest average delinquency rate by the end of 2008, while North Dakota and Vermont are expected to show the lowest level of delinquency (0.69 percent).TransUnion’s Trend Data databaseThe source of the underlying data used for this analysis is TransUnion’s Trend Data, a one-of-a-kind database consisting of 27 million anonymous consumer records randomly sampled every quarter from TransUnion’s national consumer credit database. Each record contains more than 200 credit variables that illustrate consumer credit usage and performance. Since 1992, TransUnion has been aggregating this information at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state and national levels.About TransUnionAs a global leader in credit and information management, TransUnion creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering, analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Chicago, TransUnion employs more than 3,600 employees in more than 25 countries on five continents. is external)last_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Tough Mudder Clothesline Edition

first_imgThe Tough Mudder series of races is not for the squeamish and for good reason – read about the race’s first death during competition here. The races are long and the obstacles vary from cold water plunges to wall climbs to running through wires coursing with electricity. The race is intense to say the least.It’s the Electroshock Therapy obstacle that gets the guy in the video above, and no, it’s not the guy who takes a digger at :05. You can tell the wires are working from the guy who flinches at :13 just as the true victim is sucking his doors off trying to get through without feeling the wrath. The worst part is the guy looks like he is making good time and in a healthy rhythm. Nothing like an electric clothesline to put a hitch in your giddy-up. But he’s a tough mudder, so he stayed in the game, which is commendable given he just got jacked off his feet. He’s lucky his head didn’t pop off, and you can tell he is physically hurt as well as emotionally demoralized as he slumps away.Love how the woman with the volunteer shirt just walks on by giving no assistance – if that is even a real Tough Mudder volunteer, which she may not be. Or maybe volunteers are instructed to not give assistance – that’s just another obstacle in the race. And the announcer with his two cents for the crowd: “Wow. You don’t see that every day.”No, you certainly don’t.last_img read more

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wins Second Term

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, was re-elected Tuesday to his second term as the top prosecutor in The Empire State after successfully fending off Republican challenger John Cahill.The incumbent won 52 percent of the vote over Cahill, a former aide to Republican ex-New York Gov. George Pataki, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections, which reported Cahill had 39 percent with a majority of counties reporting.“Maybe we didn’t win tonight, but it’s my dear hope that maybe we changed New York a little bit,” Cahill said in his concession speech. “We’re not gonna give up because we love this state.”Schneiderman, 59, also ran on the Independence, Womens Equality and Working Families parties lines while Cahill, 56, additionally had the Conservative and Stop Common Core party lines.Also running for the attorney general’s office were Carl Person, a 78-year-old Manhattan attorney who was the Libertarian Party candidate, and Ramon Jimenez, 66, of the Bronx, who ran on the Green Party line.Cahill had run ads linking Schneiderman to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial decision to terminate his Moreland Commission on public corruption before its investigation was complete—a move that federal prosecutors are now investigating.The GOP hopeful, who co-founded the Pataki-Cahill Group, a private business consulting group, also ran ads criticizing the attorney general after Thomas Schellhammer, Schneiderman’s former Conviction Review Bureau chief, recommended—and ultimately secured—the release of Ronald Bower, a man who spent nearly 23 years in prison for rapes an ever-growing number of law enforcement officials believe he did not commit.Schneiderman, a former state Senator from Manhattan, ran on his record of pushing for passage of I-STOP, a new database deigned to stop prescription painkiller abusers from the practice of doctor shopping in which addicts stockpile pills.He also led the lawsuit that ended in an unprecedented $13 billion settlement from JP Morgan Chase for their role in causing the 2008 financial crisis—$613 million of which went to state coffers. And after Sandy, he secured fines against price gougers in addition to investigating unscrupulous charities.last_img read more

Social media saturation

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: Details We read an awful lot these days about the importance of social media in corporate communication strategies. Story after story spells out how companies invest untold millions of dollars in Facebook ads, promoting tweets on Twitter, launching YouTube and Vine videos and other similar gambits.No one here is saying that social media is not important. Far from it. The convergence of the mass of people moving their lives more or less online with the rise of social media as a dominant communication tool spells exactly the opposite. Social media is here to stay.What marketers should be aware of, however, is that consumers can and will reach a point of saturation in any medium, social media included. A classic example of this is the rise of direct mail in the 1980s and 90s. Those old enough to remember will recall mailboxes stuffed with envelopes and flyers from every company and pitch-man imaginable. The vast majority of these were filed quickly in the trashcan and direct-mail marketers made a living off of economies of scale primarily represented by enormous print runs with an anticipated return of less than 1%.After a while, it got to where consumers were simply so inundated with direct mail that they no longer replied in numbers sufficient to warrant the mailings. Something similar is potentially on the horizon for social media.Consumers’ lean increasingly towards social media as their preferred way to connect with family and friends (such as on Facebook and Instagram) and also perhaps with professional acquaintances (such as LinkedIn). When Facebook or Twitter open up the gates of their portals to advertisers, the reactions of users tend to be negative. At this point, they are likely to limit ads to the extent that platform privacy settings will allow. Or, at the very least, mostly ignore them.Thus is a point of consumer saturation with social media reached. The take away lesson here is, while social media is a growing as a critical component in advertising and branding strategies, like all other mediums, it’s not the only one.Marketers are wise to keep their options open when it comes to reaching consumers. Social media is important — but is not yet omnipotent enough to serve as the only egg in your communications basket.last_img read more

Video: Celebrity Flora Hits the Water at Shipyard De Hoop

first_imgShipyard De Hoop has launched Celebrity Cruises’ new expedition cruise vessel named Celebrity Flora from its yard in Lobith-Tolkamer, the Netherlands.The 333 ft (101 metres) long and 5,739 ton-vessel can achieve a cruising speed of 10-14 knots.The 100-guest newbuild will set course for Rotterdam in a few weeks, where the vessel will be completed. Namely, the construction on the upper deck remains to be concluded before the vessel can be delivered in May this year.Celebrity Flora, specially designed for the Galapagos Islands, will sail from Baltra year-round, making its first sailing on May 26, 2019.As disclosed by its owner, Celebrity Flora offers a 15 percent reduction of fuel consumption when compared to its class peers and equivalently fewer air emissions, due to the introduction of an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines.Shipyard De Hoop is building another 100-pax expedition cruise vessel, ordered by Silversea in October 2018. The ship, to be named Silver Origin, is also designed for the Galapagos Islands and is scheduled for delivery in March 2020.Video courtesy: Inselvideo; De Hoop Lobithlast_img read more

Kiss aware of Hogg dangers

first_img “Their whole back-three is dangerous, and Hogg is back into form,” said Kiss. “We know he’s a very dangerous player, particularly when he changes the direction of the game or if you kick loosely to him, because his counter-attack is lethal. “And when you’ve got Sean Lamont and Sean Maitland working off him it makes him even more lethal. “So there are some challenges there, but the one smart thing they do have, Hogg can also kick the ball long. “So if you over-commit on kick chase and they suddenly kick at you, you’re under pressure. “The back-three is a deadly mix there, but also very smart, so we just have to be very cute about how we play them.” Scotland full-back Hogg may be a danger, but Kiss feels Ireland boast one of the world’s pre-eminent number 15s in Rob Kearney. “Under the high ball he’s probably one of the best in the world, and his running game is in fine fettle,” said Kiss. Stuart Hogg’s “lethal” counter-attacking will undo Ireland unless they shut the Scotland full-back down at source, according to Les Kiss. Press Association “One of the keys is that he’s making great last-ditch tackles in defence and making good decisions at the back. “I think he’s in a good place and hopefully that continues for him.” Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side must do without bullish openside flanker Sean O’Brien, with Ulster’s Chris Henry primed to step in. Expecting Scotland to create troublesome skirmishes at the breakdown, Kiss challenged Ireland to stay on the right side of the officials over the ball. “Their back-row is relentless at how they go at the game: they will be trying to spoil us,” said Kiss. “So we have a huge battle in that area, and one of the key things there will be discipline. “Referees are looking for accuracy at the breakdown and around the tackle area. “It’s important we maintain the quality of work we had in November, we were the least-penalised team on a game by game basis, our discipline and accuracy was good. “We need to stay in that place because if you’re giving penalties away Laidlaw can kick them from anywhere.” Assistant coach Kiss believes Ireland must guard against Scotland’s “dangerous” back-three through tactical accuracy in the RBS 6 Nations opener in Dublin on Sunday. Glasgow’s livewire full-back Hogg can also operate as an auxiliary playmaker joining Scotland’s backline, leaving Kiss in no doubt Ireland must be “cute” to deny him time and space on the ball. last_img read more