Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…
1. treehugger published an item about a pocket hydrogen fuel cell charger . Great gizmo.
2. and also an item reporting that UK food inspectors studies 558 food items labelled as ‘local’, and found that 18% were undoubtedly not local and 14% were unverifiable . ‘Welsh lamb’ from New Zealand!
3. in the US, the FAA mandated the removal of emergency oxygen masks from aeroplane toilets, in the interests of ‘national security’ . It’s a mad, mad (etc) world, alright.
4. the journal Paediatrics reported that among formula-fed infants or infants weaned before age four months, introduction of solid foods before the age of four months increased the risk of obesity at age three years . Breast fed is best fed at least for the first four months of life. It’s currently unclear when to start solid foods after then.
5. in the US, a CDC report showed continuing improved cancer survival . This further reinforces the adage that ‘cancer’s a word and not a sentence’.
6. a large Australian randomised controlled trial showed that daily suncreeen use cut melanoma risk by over 50% . Sunscreens work, folks.
7. I read of the iPad suit . Pardon me while I visit the vomitorium.
8. I neglected to blog about (centenary) International Women’s Day . I apologise. It was an oversight – not an act of disrespect.
Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.