Bisphenol A (BPA) is it really bad for your health ?

Be Yourself

This time no one can ever bury his head in the sand. The french Food Safety, Environment and Labour Agency (ANSES) released a report today that leave no doubt on adverse effects of Bisphenol A (BPA). The Agency concludes that there are proven effects in animals and suspected in humans, even at low exposure levels. So much so that the Agency will transmit its findings to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to help decide wether the european reference levels of exposure should be changed or not, since they do not effectively protect the population, today, especially the children and pregnant women.

BPA is suspected of several deleterious effects in humans: impaired female fertility, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In animals, several effects are proven: precocious sexual maturity, lesions of the mammary glands, impaired sperm production… In the report, ANSES has compiled a list of product families that could contain BPA…

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A few of our favorite things

Exploring Science & Culture

by Katy Creagh, Art & Culture Program Developer, and Eric Todd, Program Specialist

 Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things.

ERIC: I don’t know about you, but that list does not resemble my favorite things.
KATY: What about kittens?
ERIC: I like kittens, but not whiskers, specifically.  I prefer warm woolen mittens, if I had to choose.
KATY: I guess you’re right. And why do they keep playing this song at Christmas anyway? They don’t even talk about Christmas.
ERIC: That’s a valid point. Plus, everyone knows the best Christmas song is “Sleigh Ride.”
KATY: I completely disagree. Everyone knows it’s “Santa Baby.” No, “Carol of the Bells.” No, no, my real favorite is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
ERIC: Counterpoints, in order: Too risqué, too boring, and to…

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Supporting the Army Benevolent Fund


Recently we attended an evening concert by The British Army Orchestra Sinfonietta at The Menuhin Hall in Stoke D’Abernon. The concert was in aid of the ABF – The Army Benevolent Fund.

Apart from wanting to support the ABF, we’d neither been to the Menuhin Hall at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, nor had we heard the British Army Orchestra. All good reasons to attend.

The hall, see my snatched photo of the interior is a lovely concert venue. I guess holding no more than 300 or so. For the excellent acoustics alone it’s well worth a visit.

The conductor was Principal Director of Music for the Army. One of his chosen pieces for the concert was a Strauss horn concerto. The soloist, Lance Sergeant Nick Stones – pictured, was introduced by the conductor as the finest horn player in the British Army. He also said that he was on two weeks R&R leave from a…

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Meditation Eases Post Traumatic Stress Disorder!

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Early findings from the Oregon Health & Science University  study show meditation has helped ease Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
Iraq War veteran Jeff Bounds, 46, of Vancouver says he “noticed a big difference” when he tried meditation. Bounds served two tours in Iraq. He was badly hurt, and spent more than a hear in the hospital.  He said his PTSD was overwhelming at times.
“You’re always looking (over your shoulder). I still am (getting) nightmares, flashbacks,” Bounds said.
Bounds said classes to help with PTSD did not work, so in August, he enrolled in the small Oregon Health & Science University study.   Bounds saidl meditation changed his life.  He said it helps him daily “stay present in stressful situations.”
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Thursday’s Here . . .

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I’m enjoying it! Went for my daily (Mon-Fri.) radiation treatment and happened to mention that my radiated area is getting much more ‘pink’ that a few days ago, so this facilitated another visit to the head Radiologist (not a problem, his office is right down the same hallway as radiation, you go there wearing those lovely wrap around gowns – no one sees you except people who have been seeing you all along). Well, it appears my skin is reacting more severely than most people (due to my being very fair skinned). New results? We start “The Boost” tomorrow! That makes my total treatments down to 8 or 9, depending on what the doctor thinks when we get to almost ‘the end’ (that means – just how my skin is tolerating this more intense radiation, directed at the area of the previous tumors). Wow-treatment end in sight? KEWL!!!

Along with…

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Living With Sleepy Genes

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Do insects sleep? The surprising answer is, “Yes, Insects sleep.” The reasons behind the need for sleep are unclear. However, lack of sleep in fruit flies can impair behavioral response to stimuli in the same way that sleep depravation impairs some human responses. If fruit flies are deprived of sleep (some annoying entomologist keeps them up all night) they will later sleep for longer periods to compensate for the sleep loss.

Control of sleep in humans and in fruit flies has a genetic component. Fruit flies are useful experimental models for the study of sleep genes because of the ability to manipulate fly genes and get timely results.

A recent study published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry is a good example of the utility of fruit flies for studies of human genetics and medicine. In the paper,

A KATP channel gene effect on sleep duration: from genome-wide association studies to…

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Big Box Jesus

Allergic to BS

During the holidays there is a lot of talk about the big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target.  Then just the other day I read about a Christmas Eve service at a satellite campus of the church I used to attend.  This got me thinking.  Ever since that church bought and built another location it made me think of this “trend” in evangelical churches of today.  My job at work is to find trends in the commodities markets, so I am always focused on trends and where things are headed into the future.  The trend I am talking about is satellite campuses, which I am not a big fan of  (as you would probably know from my love of institutions (sarcasm)).
I guess the brilliant new thing to do if a big church outgrows its current big campus is to replicate what they are doing on their existing campus and start…

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Don’t Get Your Knickers in a Twist

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I’ve worked with several Americans over the years. One of the best things about that is the language differences. It’s there for all to see on these blog postings. People like to try and use phrases they think will resonate with those on the other side of the pond, right?

There – I just did it! Saying ‘right?’ at the end of a sentence is a classic Americanism. It’s a kind of passive-aggressive way of saying ‘challenge me or tell me I’m wrong’. But if you have an English accent it just sounds weird! Believe me I’ve tried.

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