You throw out 44 pounds of electronic waste a year. Here’s how to keep it out of the dump.

Electronic waste: Don’t just throw your gadgets away. Technology is advancing faster than it breaks, which means we’re upgrading our devices—and getting rid of our old gadgets—more often than ever. In 2016 alone, the United States trashed about 44 pounds of electronic waste per person. And today’s devices, from iPhones to simple alarm clocks, often contain toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, and mercury. If you just throw them away, those poisons will end up in the environment. “The whole idea is to avoid putting electronics in the landfill,” says Danny […]

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Health and Fitness News and Notes

By Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times Stress Disorders Tied to Autoimmune Disease Having a stress-related psychiatric condition may increase the risk for autoimmune disease, a new study concludes. Stress is known to cause physiological changes, including changes in immune function, but evidence that links it to specific diseases is limited. This study, in JAMA, used a Swedish database of 106,464 patients who had a severe stress condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress reaction or adjustment disorder. They compared them with 1,064,640 people free of stress-related disorders and with 126,652 of their stress-free siblings. During an average 10 years of follow-up, there were 8,284 cases of autoimmune disease among those diagnosed with a stress disorder, 57,711 among those without one, and 8,151 among the unstressed siblings. After controlling for other risk factors, they found that compared with those who had not had severe stress, those with any stress-related disorder were 36 percent more likely to have an autoimmune disease, and 29 percent more likely than their unstressed siblings. People with a PTSD diagnosis were at especially high risk — they were 46 percent more likely to develop an autoimmune illness. “Stress really affects long-term health,” said the lead author, Dr. Huan Song, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iceland. “It affects not only psychiatric health, but leaves people vulnerable to other diseases. There are many treatments now available for stress-related disorders, and it’s important for people to get […]

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Disney Workers Find Peace with Yoga at Cinderella Castle

Fla. (AP) — They arrived before the sunrise, their yoga mats in hand as they headed toward the Cinderella Castle, three hours before Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened. The world’s busiest theme park briefly became a yoga studio as more than 1,000 Disney cast members took a free, 45-minute class as part of the company’s wellness program. Behind them, Main Street USA was almost deserted. No lines. No strollers to dodge. No vendor selling giant balloons. Just silence. “This is night and day,” said cast member Erica Zeyn, 22, of Orlando, […]

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Archery on Horseback Becomes Popular Again-As a Sport

It’s not just a method of hunting or a strategy for battle anymore, and the athletes’ training regimen is intense. By Heather Brady PUBLISHED May 22, 2018 An ancient sport is making a comeback among younger generations. Mounted archery, a tradition with roots in empires like the Ottomans and the Mongols, has become popular again in Indonesia. While ancient warriors used the practice of shooting arrows from horseback for hunting and combat, its resurgence has become friendlier: Archers from different countries go through an intense training regimen to compete locally and internationally. The sport involves shooting arrows at a target while riding a horse. Successfully hitting a target with arrows is tricky when an athlete is standing or sitting on stable ground; when an archer is riding a horse, it requires even more balance, a high level of coordination, and a connection between the horse and archer. Mounted archery was used by many ancient cultures around the world, including Native Americans, European nomads, and Asian empires. It appears across cultural images and texts for several millennia and continued to be used until gunpowder and firearms were developed. As guns became popular, using a bow and arrow became less advantageous, and mounted archery was largely abandoned as a battlefield strategy. As communities in countries like Mongolia began honoring their predecessors and history by exploring ancient traditions, and after the sport appeared in mainstream pop culture through franchises like the Hunger Games, […]

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Six Grand Ideas To Fight The End Of Antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics has led them to becoming less and less effective to treat us when we’re sick – leaving scientists scrambling for a fix. Here are some of the best ideas to tackle one of the 21st Century’s biggest challenges. The world is nearing a moment when antibiotics no longer work to treat infections. We are severely over-using the antibiotics we have – and that system is causing bacteria to evolve and develop resistance to the drugs intended to kill them. Appropriately, the phenomenon is referred to as antibiotic […]

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No Sweat: Small Doses is Exercise May Ward Off Depression

By Jasmin Malik Chua,  Anyone who has experienced the euphoric “runner’s high” that follows a satisfying workout will likely attest to a connection between physical activity and mental health. Studies have long borne this theory out: Endorphins, the opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain after intense or sustained exercise, appear to act as a buffer against depressive thoughts and feelings. But you don’t have to train to the point of collapse to reap the benefits of this “mind-body” relationship: A new study from Australia finds that even small doses of […]

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How chicken feathers could warm our homes

One of the world’s most under-exploited waste products – the feathers from poultry farms – is finding a clever new use inside buildings. Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most isolated settlements, and fill giant farms in their thousands. One result of a huge chicken population is a huge amount of chicken feathers, which are normally burned or taken to […]

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Healthy lunch ideas for work 

By Sarah Lienard – Senior writer – bbcgoodfood.com Try our delicious, healthy packed lunch ideas. Choose from pasta or rice salads, homemade protein pots, hearty soups or filling wraps and sandwiches. Pack your lunchbox full of nutritious ingredients and look forward to a midday meal that not only tastes great, but is good for you too. Read on for all the inspiration you need for the perfect packed lunch. Pasta salads Pasta is a portable lunch staple and is equally delicious served cold in a pasta salad or quickly reheated […]

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